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SUPD chief named to international board, FBI training cohort

Southern University Police Chief Joycelyn M. Johnson was recently named the 2024-2025 director-at-large for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. The organization is the largest professional association devoted to excellence in campus public safety and law enforcement. Additionally, Johnson was selected as part of the sixth cohort of the FBI National Command Course. The in-demand course provides training to law enforcement executives to improve relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, to increase liaison between departments resulting in more effective policing, and to enhance public safety overall.

"I am humbled to have been selected for these great opportunities,” Johnson said. “It is a great honor to represent Southern University and A&M College in these two stellar programs.”

Johnson, who was hired as an SUPD patrol officer in 1999, has held every ranking position, except captain. She became the first woman to be officially appointed chief of the SUPD  in 2014. Since her tenure, she has upgraded and implemented technology in the day-to-day operations of the SUPD; consistently partnered with local, state and national agencies; and increased community policing initiatives, including the annual “Kickin’ It With Cops” food and entertainment event for the Southern campus community.

Johnson, an alumna of Southern University and A&M College, holds an associate’s degree in law enforcement, bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration.