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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Upper Providence Township Promotes Detective Shea Johnson to Sergeant

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At the Upper Providence Township Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting on Monday, September 20, Shea Johnson was promoted to sergeant for the Upper Providence Township Police Johnson with Chief FreemanDepartment.

Johnson began his law enforcement training at the Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon returning from Afghanistan, he attended the Philadelphia Police Academy and obtained his ACT 120 certification. Since then, he has attended numerous advanced training courses.

Johnson began his career in law enforcement in 2012 as a patrol officer with the Temple University Police Department in Philadelphia. In 2014, he joined the Patrol Division of the Upper Providence Police Department. Johnson joined the Criminal Investigation Division in 2017 as a Supplemental Investigator before officially obtaining the title of Detective in May 2018. Johnson has served with the Montgomery County Detective Bureau’s Narcotics Enforcement Team where he investigated narcotics trafficking and drug delivery resulting in death cases. He is a member of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network. 

Johnson says that the best thing about working for the Upper Providence Police Department is the is the current trajectory of the department. “Every day we are taking steps towards advancing the department and creating a more resilient agency for the future,” he says.  

Johnson served in the United States Army Reserves for 10 years where he held numerous titles including Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Operations Officer and Detachment Commander. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, as well as other operations supporting the Global War on Terror, and earned various awards during his time in the service including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star. 

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program at the American Military University where he studies criminal intelligence.  

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