Investigations Division

Major Brian Johns is the commander of the Investigations Division.  Johns graduated from the Dayton Police Academy in 1992. He served as a patrol officer in both the Fifth and First Districts until 1998. During that time, Major Johns’ assignments included: Field Training Officer, Bicycle Unit, and an appointment to the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). 


In 1998, Johns was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and had various assignments to include Fifth District and Vice Crimes Unit supervisor.  In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned as the West Night Watch Commander and Public Information Officer. In January of 2011, Major Johns was named the Commander of the Narcotics Bureau where worked until getting promoted to the rank of Major in June of 2012. Johns was a long-term member of the Dayton Police SWAT Team and served as the SWAT Commander. 


Major Johns is a lifelong resident of Dayton and grew up in the Old North Dayton neighborhood. He graduated from Chaminade-Julienne High School, has an associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Sinclair Community College, and a bachelor's degree from Siena Heights University in Applied Science.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is currently attending the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Dayton program.

The Investigations Division oversees the following functions.


  • Homicide/Felonious Assault Unit
  • Cold Case Unit
  • Care House Detectives
  • Violent Offenders Unit
  • Polygraph Unit
  • FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Detective
  • Crime Analysis Unit

Central INvestigations Bureau

  • Special Victims Detectives
  • Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Detectives
  • Property/Financial Crimes
  • Forensic Services Unit

Special Investigations Bureau

  • Major Case Unit/Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Narcotics Support Unit
  • Safe Streets Task Force
  • Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST)