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New police officer hits the streets of McLouth

by Dennis Sharkey

A 10-year veteran of law enforcement has joined the city of McLouth’s police department as a full-time officer.

 Patrick JohnsonPatrick Johnson’s eleventh year as a police officer began Sept. 18 after being sworn in by Mayor Keith Meador. Johnson’s first official duties were to monitor the Mud-A-Thon at the Threshing Bee track.

“I look forward to very good things from him and to competently and professionally serve the people of this community,” said Police Chief Marcus Koch during Johnson’s first introduction to the city council on Sept. 21.

Johnson, like Koch, is from Illinois where he grew up and graduated high school. Upon graduation from high school Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in active duty for eight years until 2005. Johnson left the Army with the rank of Sergeant.

Johnson spent the first three years in the Army as a mechanic before switching careers to a military police officer.

After leaving the Army, Johnson was hired at the Shawnee Police Department where he served as a police officer until 2009 when he accepted a position as a civilian police officer at Fort Leavenworth.

During his tenure as an officer in Shawnee, Johnson received an award of merit from the city of Shawnee for saving a person from a burning building. Johnson also was recognized in 2007 and 2008 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts in DUI arrest.

“I love alcohol arrest,” Johnson said. “That’s kind of my focal point.”

Johnson is already familiarizing himself with the territory. He told council members that he has met with the McLouth USD 342’s resource officer about future efforts.

Johnson said he is DARE certified and has attended advanced traffic investigation school twice and has been schooled in the art of interrogation.

On a lighter note Johnson is a Chicago Cubs fan contrary to Koch who is a Chicago White Sox fan. Both are already having fun with the situation.

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