Staff News — Kudos to UCPD member
Captain Johnnie Adams receives law enforcement merit award
Capt. Johnnie Adams (center) receives a 2012 merit award from the law enforcement association.
, a captain in the UCLA Police Department, was honored with a 2012 Award for Merit from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
A longtime member of the UCLA police force, Adams has gained a reputation for being proactive and creative in problem-solving, while never forgetting that the safety of the campus community is of foremost importance.
Most recently, Adams has been guiding the implementation of a computer tracking software program that is free to the UCLA community. This effort will combat recent problems with laptop thefts and provides an opportunity for UCPD staff to work with various campus groups on crime prevention and education.
Adams has worked extensively to combat domestic terrorism as it relates to animal rights extremists. UCLA has become a leader in working with groups such as the Joint Terrorism Task Force, local area law enforcement and fire agencies, and the District and City Attorney offices to combat these threats through criminal investigations, civil procedures and education. The efforts of the department led to the first-of-its-kind arrest and conviction of two activists who were targeting researchers at their homes.
The department has also issued numerous misdemeanor arrests for violations at targeted demonstrations, excessive noise and other minor offenses. This ongoing tactic is credited as the reason why UCLA has not experienced any violent acts in approximately two years or any home demonstrations in six months. Adams’ approach has become a model for several universities around the country, and his expertise on the topic is routinely sought by national law enforcement and related professional organizations.
Adams is a graduate of the 222nd Session of the FBI National Academy Associates. He has been active with the organization since his graduation in 2005 and is currently on its national executive board as the Section 1 representative and past president of the California chapter.