It says a lot about a person when he gives so freely of himself to serve others. Master Patrol Officer Jordan Johnson of the Pocatello Police Department has dedicated much of his life to public service in many capacities, wearing the title of missionary, soldier, and police officer.
Born and raised in Pocatello, Jordan enlisted in the Idaho Army National Guard when just 17 years old. He and his brother deployed to northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Two years after his return, he was hired by the Pocatello Police Department as a patrol officer. Last year, he took the position of DARE officer. “Involvement in my community is important to me. Communities are made up of people and relationships, not buildings. I did my world traveling. I came back to Pocatello because the people here make it what it is.”
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers are police officers who visit schools to teach kids about resisting drugs and violence. “This is a great opportunity to be proactive,” Jordan shares. “Having positive interactions with students makes all the difference. It is a great responsibility because most inherently trust you almost immediately. You get to know them fairly quickly. This is especially true in the elementary schools.”
“I would like people to know how much we appreciate their support. We could not do our job without it... -Master Patrol Officer Jordan Johnson
Jordan and the men and women of the Pocatello Police Department work hard to help everyone in the community. “I would like people to know how much we appreciate their support. We could not do our job without it. Though we are imperfect we do what we do because we really want to help people. I personally have received calls in the middle of the night to go to a bad situation and in those situations, we don’t ask who needs help. We just know that someone needs it and we answer.”
Officer Johnson has traveled the world and still believes Idaho to be a gem. He feels that “living in Idaho is a very unique opportunity. People really care and come together for others. We have a wide variety of people and experiences, from farmers to bankers and more, but even with our differences we see generosity. That is what inspires me about Idaho.”
We thank Master Patrol Officer Jordan Johnson for his dedication to teaching and protecting people of all ages in our beautiful state.