COLLEGE STATION - LaKedreia Johnson has been a police officer in College Station for 20 years. For most of that time, she has worked with students at schools around the city, including A&M Consolidated High School, as a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor.
The next time Consol students see her, Johnson will not be wearing a badge. But she will still have plenty of authority. Johnson retired from the College Station Police Department on May 30 to become an Assistant Principal al Consol.
The Houston-native joined CSPD in 1994. After graduating from the academy, Johnson worked as a Patrol Officer. In 2000, she was transferred to the Community Services Division. Over the past 14 years, she has worked in schools as a DARE Instructor, Teacher, School Resource Officer and mentor to thousands of children at College Station Middle School, A&M Consolidated Middle School and A&M Consolidated High School.
Johnson was a member of the College Station Police Department Unit of the Year in 1999, 2002 and 2005 and served on Presidential Inauguration details in January 2005 and 2009. She was also honored as Crime Stopper Coordinator of the Year in 2011.
She and her husband Mike, a Sergeant with the Texas A&M University Police Department, got married not long after she joined the force. They have two children; Christopher who will be a Sophomore at Baylor University and Brianna who will be a Senior at Earl Rudder High School.
Johnson continued her education while working and raising a family. She earned her Associates Degree from Blinn College in 1998, a Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University in 2003 and a Masters of Education from SHSU in 2010.
A reception honoring Johnson will be held in the City of College Station City Council Chambers on Friday June 6 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The public is invited.