Police Officer Named MacArthur School of Leadership Distinguished Alumnus


Port St. Lucie Police Officer Scott Johnson will be honored with the MacArthur School of Leadership Distinguished Alumnus Award during Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Homecoming celebration.

Scott Johnson

Johnson ’02 will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The event is one of the highlights of Homecoming weekend. For information, visit www.pba.edu/homecoming.

Johnson joined the Port St. Lucie Police Department in 1994, after graduating from the law enforcement academy. He later served as a police officer with the Town of Juno Beach and the Town of Palm Beach, and in 2003 he returned to work for the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

He currently serves the department as a recruiter and high liability instructor, as well as a crisis negotiator with the SWAT team along with many other responsibilities. He serves as one of the department’s firearms and TASER instructors and police motorcycle instructor, and he has overseen the Traffic Unit’s award-winning efforts during the State of Florida’s annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. He also has been commended for his work negotiating several successful collective bargaining agreements, serving the past eight years as local president of the International Union of Police Associations.

Johnson has received several honors and awards, including the Life Saving Award and being named Officer of the Year by the Port St. Lucie Police Department in 2013. In that year, Johnson played a critical role in helping to locate and arrest bank robbery suspects on two separate occasions.

“His positive, dedicated, proactive and knowledgeable approach to law enforcement is inspiring,” Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc said. “Officer Johnson is a role model for his fellow officers.”

Johnson received a degree in organizational management from PBA’s MacArthur School of Leadership in 2002. He lives in Port St. Lucie with his wife and two daughters.