The Xenia Police Division’s Patrol Services are overseen by Captain Gary Johnson. Gary began his career with the Xenia Police Division in 1988 as a Reserve Officer. He was hired as a full-time officer in 1991. During his time with the division, he has served in many capacities. Gary has served as a Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Arson Investigator, Hostage Negotiations Team Leader, and General Case Detective. In 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he served as the Administrative Sergeant and as a Patrol Sergeant. In 2019 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assumed the duties of coordinating the division’s Patrol Services.
Among his accomplishments, Gary has overseen the rebuild of the Xenia Greene Central Communications Center, installation and operation of City Hall’s access control and camera system, the division’s change to the new state-wide MARCS radio system, and the creation of the division’s Special Technology Unit which oversees XPD’s UAVs (drones) and other technology based equipment. Unfortunately, he also holds the distinction of being the first one to crash one of the division’s UAVs. One of Gary’s greatest achievements was the design and implementation of a county-wide computer network. This network set the stage for his team to install and implement the New World Systems software, which permitted sharing of dispatch and records information among most of the public safety entities in Greene County.
Gary has received numerous awards and commendations, including two Silver Shield awards, two Meritorious Service awards, two Leadership awards, the “Casey Elliot Xenia’s Finest” award and the “Miami Valley Officer of the Year” award. In 2016 Gary became the second person from XPD to complete The Ohio State University’s Public Safety Leadership Academy.