MPD Welcomes New Officer
On Apr. 1, 2019, William Johnson was sworn in as a Murphy police officer. This is Johnson’s first position as a police officer. On Apr. 1, 2002, he began working at Collin County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) as a detention officer. In Dec. 2014, Johnson completed police academy in Grayson County. Regarding the career shift, Johnson said, “Being a police officer offers more opportunities.” He explains why this is the right time for his career change, “I want to extend myself. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I wanted to take the challenge.”
Johnson feels that his experience with inmates and supervisors at CCSO has taught him how to interact with people and respond to different situations. His in-depth knowledge of the procedures at CCSO will allow him to inform arrestees of what is about to happen next and answer all of their questions such as “What happens next? How long will the process take? How much will my bond be?” He said, “I can tell them to be as cooperative as they can and the process will go better for them.”
Johnson served in the National Guard from 1989 – 1995. He was 19 years old when he enlisted. He said, “The recruiter made the future look good. It was a way to grow up and see the world.”
Newly hired MPD Officer Kyle Sarles was Johnson’s previous co-worker at CCSO and had told Johnson about Murphy. Johnson said, “I got a good feeling about Murphy, it reminded me of my home in Arkansas. These are regular, everyday people.”
Johnson will be in training with multiple training officers until mid-summer. He describes the training he has received thus far as being very detailed and said, “That is a good thing.” He is looking forward to interacting with the community.
His older brother, David Johnson, performed the honorary badge pinning. Johnson said, “My brother has been with me all my life. We shared bunk beds. He’s been around me during all of my ups and downs. Choosing him to pin the badge was a no-brainer.”