Samuel Johnson Jr. is the chief public information officer for the Baltimore Fire Department. He is a former Baltimore police officer who has also held management positions in the Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and with Baltimore Housing.

In 2015, Johnson was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the country's top 30 law and policy professionals under the age of 30. He holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University's Public Safety Executive Leadership Program.

November 30, 2016

How Fire Departments Could Look Like the Communities They Serve

Cities have struggled with diversity in the fire service for decades. But there's a lot they could be doing to improve things.
June 16, 2016

The Agony of the First Responder

What happened in Orlando was horrific, but public-safety personnel experience traumatic events every day. We need to find ways to help them cope.
April 15, 2016

The Fires That Threaten an Aging America

Older people are more vulnerable, but there's a lot that fire departments could be doing to keep them safer.
January 19, 2016

Civilian Oversight’s Important Role in Police Reform

It should be about changing dysfunctional law-enforcement cultures, not just busting rogue cops.
December 15, 2015

When Police Are Guardians, Not Warriors

Cops need to be more than law enforcers. They need to be equipped to deal with the social problems of the communities they serve.
September 8, 2015

Shouldn’t We Have Community Policing Czars?

We need to institutionalize improvements in the ways police interact with their communities.
August 14, 2015

Violent Confrontations and the Psychology of a Cop

Every officer knows that things can quickly turn lethally dangerous. How can these situations be prevented?
March 27, 2015

Managing the Emerging Public-Safety Workforce

We need to re-think the military-style model and find ways to make law-enforcement agencies reflect the communities they serve.
March 10, 2015

Why Police Should Practice ‘Broken Windows’ on Themselves

It's a matter not only of discipline but of a culture of collective morality.
December 23, 2014

Law Enforcement, Communities and the Need for Mutual Respect

Much can be done on both sides to prevent the kind of tragedies that have ignited protests across the nation.
August 4, 2014

Public Safety and the Need for a Culture of Leadership Consciousness

Police, firefighters and other emergency responders occupy a special position of trust in their communities. They need to always be aware of the impact of their behavior.