Black History Month: Meet Larry Johnson

By: Stephanie Palmer Email
By: Stephanie Palmer Email

"As far back, as I can remember I wanted to be a police officer," said Larry Johnson.

Larry Johnson leads the College Station police department, as an Assistant Chief. It is a dream that seemed hard for him to envision as a child.

"Always thinking it was not something that I could do. I didn't know any Black police officers," said Johnson.

He has logged almost 33 years on the force. He is had several titles including, detective and sergeant making him the first African American in College Station to be an administrator with the department.

"What I have been able to do, is not about me," said Johnson. "I enjoy serving. I enjoy being able to help people."

The modest man barely mentioned being apart of an elite group of officers who attended the FBI academy. It is considered to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for a police officer. The lawman, who's also an Associate Minister at a local church, credits a higher power for his success.

"I know that the things that I have been able to do, have not been because I am Black, it has been because I am blessed," said Johnson.

The blessed man was also the First African American elected to office in College Station. He served on the school board for nine years.

"I thought people got upset about things when they got arrested," said Johnson. "People really get excited when they talk about their children."

Johnson says he feels a greater responsibility to protect and serve in the community, where he grew up.

"My children are being raised here and I know people here. I have a strong sense of obligation and commitment to our community," said Johnson.

He says there is no place on earth, he would rather be working.

"I said before I always wanted to be a police officer. I always wanted to be a College Station police officer," said Johnson.

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