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KSP Honors Retired State Trooper for Recruiting Efforts

Date of News Release: 02/24/2006

Retired KSP Sgt. James Henry "J.J." Johnson (second from left) received an appreciation award from KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller  (far left) during a ceremony Feb. 24 celebrating Black History Month. Pictured with them are Johnson's son, KSP Sgt. Marshall Johnson (third from left) and KSP Deputy Commissioner Ricky Stiltner (far right), click here to enlarge(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commissioner Mark L. Miller presented retired KSP Sgt. James Henry "J.J." Johnson with an appreciation award Friday for his continuing dedication to the agency's cadet recruitment program. The presentation took place during the agency's Black History Month reception at KSP Headquarters in Frankfort.

In presenting the award, Miller praised Johnson for his commitment to making the Kentucky State Police a diversified organization.

"It is appropriate that we have chosen February, which is Black History Month, to recognize J.J. because it is in the area of minority recruitment that he has been intensely involved - both during his career and since retiring," said Miller. "J.J. has continued in retirement the significant contributions he made as a member of the recruitment office during his active duty tenure, using great resourcefulness and persistence in recruiting strategies."

In 1997, Johnson received the Commissioner's Commendation award for his successful recruitment of minorities and women for the Kentucky State Police Academy. That year saw a 75 percent increase in black males and a 50 percent increase in females taking the test for trooper. The resulting cadet class contained the largest number to date of females and minorities.

Johnson said he was honored to receive the award and that he will continue his efforts to make the Kentucky State Police a representative law enforcement agency.

"Everybody here knows how passionate I am about this agency and how passionate I am about diversity in this agency," said Johnson. "I have always been committed to making the Kentucky State Police look like the rest of the state."

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