Gareth Braxton-Johnson began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department before joining the Cottonwood Police Department in 2005. Over the past 20 years he has worked in numerous assignments such as patrol, gangs, bicycle patrol, school resource officer, investigations, computer forensics, internal affairs, narcotics sergeant and SWAT. He is a graduate of the 254th session of the FBI National Academy as well as the DEA/Arizona HIDTA Drug Unit Commander Leadership Academy. His professional membership associations include the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates; Arizona Chapter.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood University in Missouri, a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He previously served as an adjunct instructor there in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He was recently admitted to the Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Along with learning and teaching, he also enjoys outdoor activities, all athletic competition, and reading.
He was promoted to Commander in October of 2018 and served as the Patrol Commander until November 2020. Commander Braxton-Johnson is currently assigned to the Support Services Division.
His areas of responsibility includes:
- Support Services Division
- Citizen Police Academy
- COP Volunteers
- Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center (PSAP)
- Criminal Investigations Unit
- Professional Standards
- Victims Assistance