Captain Thomas A. Johnson, Jr.

Captain Johnson joined the Upper Darby Police Department as a Patrol Officer in May of 1996. He later served as a Criminal Investigator with extensive experience in Megan’s Law Enforcement, Fire Investigations, and special victims’ cases. He handled many high profile case files including one homicide investigation which was featured on an episode of America’s Most Wanted. By 2005, he was a Sergeant in the Detective Division and by 2007, a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. In 2012, Johnson was promoted to Captain and put in charge of the Administration Division. In addition to the administrative function of the Department, he became the Custodian of Records and directed internal operations. He continued to play a key leadership role with the Anti-Graffiti Task Force and the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Team. Captain Johnson later assumed additional duties as the OIC of the Accident Reconstruction Unit, the Highway Patrol, the Narcan Program, and was the law enforcement representative to the Township Comprehensive Plan Committee. He directs the Regional DUI Task Force and was recently transferred to coordinate Training and Professional Standards.

Captain Johnson is cross trained as a Firefighter and Paramedic. Johnson is a 34 year volunteer with the East Lansdowne Fire Department where he has served in various operational and administrative positions including Board Chairman, and two separate tenures as Fire Chief. He became an EMT in 1986 and began volunteering on the Ambulance Corps. He worked for several regional transport services and specialized in neonatal critical care. After completing his Paramedic training in 1989, he served as a 9-1-1 Paramedic for several hospital based services in Delaware County. As his career developed, he began to branch out serving both as a skills instructor and student preceptor. In 1993, Johnson was responsible for introducing the first pre-hospital 12-Lead EKG program in the EMS region. He was also involved in the development of the first Tactical Paramedic program in southeastern Pennsylvania, a program designed to provide medical support to SWAT teams.

Captain Johnson has an Associate’s degree in Emergency Management and Planning from Delaware County Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Neumann University, and completed his Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership through the University of San Diego. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Penn State University’s Police Executive Development program, the FBI Inter-County Detective School and the National Fire Academy Fire & Arson program. He is an Adjunct at both the Bucks and Delaware County Community Colleges and instructs many training programs. Over the course of his career, Captain Johnson has received more than 25 department commendations. He is a two time recipient of the Mayor’s Service Award and was recognized by the Upper Darby Marine Corps League as their 2001 Officer of the Year. The Delaware County Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving has twice recognized Captain Johnson as a top DUI enforcer. Captain serves on the Advisory Board of the Delaware County Community College Paramedic Program.

Captain Johnson understands the value of investing in our children and has participated in the Township’s Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) initiative, organized the “Cop Card” Trading Card program, and serves as a 5th Grade Classroom Mentor. These endeavors are designed to improve communication between young people and officers through the use of consistent and positive interaction with the law enforcement community. In addition to his volunteer work in Emergency Services, Captain Johnson enjoys the talents and achievements of his children, get-away weekends with his wife and spending time with friends. When Captain Johnson retires, it will be some place warm, and near the water, so he can put his SCUBA card to better use.