Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a senior detective assigned to the Sex Crime Section of the Special Victims Unit within the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, where drug-facilitated sexual assault has been a growing issue. She has taken a leadership role in promoting recognition of the drug rape issue. Detective Johnson graduated from Park University with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  Detective Johnson has over eight years of law enforcement experience with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and has had over 400 hours of training in advanced police studies; specifically in sex crimes investigations and crisis intervention.  Detective Johnson is a Distinguished Fellow with the Missouri chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a member of the Intimate Partner Violence Taskforce with Truman Medical Center, as well as the founder of MoSAVE (Missouri Sexual Assault Violence Education).

Detective Johnson currently assists in training new officers for the Crisis Intervention Team as well as new recruits on what to expect if they are asked to handle a call involving a victim of rape. She has developed training courses on victims engaged in high-risk lifestyles, and interviewing techniques for victims suffering from mental illness. She has conducted this training at multi-disciplinary conferences around the country, including Kansas City, MO; Columbia, MO; New Orleans, LA; and Choctaw, MS. She also presents at the training course for sexual assault nurse examiners and advocate volunteer training in the Kansas City area on what to expect from law enforcement during an investigation

During the course of her assignment to the Special Victims Unit, Detective Johnson has received recognition for her excellence, commitment, dedication, and tireless devotion to victims of sexual assault.  Crimestoppers presented Detective Johnson with a Certificate of Appreciation in 2008.  She also received a Meritorious Service Award from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department in 2008 and a Visionary Award from St. Luke’s Hospital Forensic Care Program in 2009.
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