Howard Johnson 1957-1964
Chief Johnson was a 23-year veteran of the Department and the early shift commander when promoted to the rank of Chief of Police. Three years later, the Department had grown to 1,869 members.
During Chief Johnson's term, the Underwater Investigation Unit was established, along with the Harbor Patrol. He modernized the Departments tabulating system, making possible the procurement of criminal records in just minutes. He established the "roving" patrol wagon and developed a standardized traffic accident form, which was instituted statewide.
Chief Johnson began the practice of recognizing exemplary citizens who assisted the Department in some significant manner. His proudest accomplishment, however, was the establishment of "Constitution Day" in 1958, to honor the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day is now observed nationwide.