Vaughn, Johnson move up HPD’s ranks
Steven Vaughn and Vance Johnson of the Henderson Police Department were promoted to the rank of captain. Both participated in an internal assessment process that concluded in early April.
Vaughn started his career with Henderson Police Department on March 23, 1992.
He has held assignments as a patrol officer, a Special Enforcement Unit officer, an Interagency Drug Enforcement Unit agent, a field training officer, a patrol sergeant, SWAT team commander, patrol lieutenant and most recently as the interim Operations Division captain.
Vaughn received the Henderson Optimists’ Club Officer of the Year award in 2000 and the Crime Stoppers’ Officer of the Year award in 2010. He will command the Operations Division of the Henderson Police Department.
Johnson began his career with Henderson Police Department on Feb. 25, 1993.
Johnson served as a patrol officer and then as a sergeant in the Operations Division and as lieutenant in both the Operations Division and the former Interagency Drug Enforcement Unit. Johnson organized the department’s first canine unit and served as its first canine officer, organized and lead the department’s first SWAT unit and served as SWAT team commander, and developed the department’s field training program.
He left the Henderson Police Department in 2007 to serve as chief of police in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and then as chief of police in Wendell, North Carolina.
He returned to the Henderson Police Department in August 2013 and most recently served as the department’s court liaison officer.
Johnson will command the Investigations Division of the Henderson Police Department.