New York City New York Department of Correction
|Last Known Status||Separated|
Albany New York Police Department
|Dates of Service||October 2018 - May 2020.|
|Last Known Status||Resigned.|
Saugerties New York Police Department
|Dates of Service||Hired June 1, 2020.|
|Last Known Status||Active|
When considering Johnson for employment, the Saugerties Police Department contacted the Albany Police Department, who "wholeheartedly" recommended him and stated that they "never had a problem with [Johnson] following orders".
2020 Untruthful Statement
In January 2020, Johnson told his supervisor that he was not eligible to work an overtime shift even though he was eligible.
A sergeant "counseled" Johnson on the rules of overtime eligibility.
2020 Untruthful Statement
In February 2020, Johnson twice told his supervisor that he was not eligible to work an overtime shift even though he was eligible.
On February 14, 2020, Johnson's supervisor recommended that he face administrative charges for violating a departmental rule requiring truthfulness.
2020 Untruthful Statement
On April 16, 2020, Johnson's supervisor reported another instance of dishonesty, where Johnson had lied and attempted to enlist other officers to lie on his behalf, and recommended that Johnson face administrative charges.
In May 2020, Johnson resigned.
2020 Sexual Assault
In June 2020, Johnson was on duty and on foot patrol when he met a woman who was exiting a bar.
On July 4, 2020, the woman called the department to report dangerous fireworks, and asked for Johnson by name. Johnson was dispatched.
From July to September 2020, Johnson and the woman communicated by phone and social media. Johnson visited the woman's home on several occasions while on duty.
On August 27, 2020, the woman stated that Johnson pushed her against a wall, held her so that she could not move, and sexually assaulted her.
On August 28, 2020, Johnson entered the woman's home while she was asleep. An officer can be seen in a surveillance video, and records showed that Johnson's patrol car was parked in front of her house while he was on duty.
On August 31, 2020, the woman called the department and anonymously told them that Johnson was harassing her in her apartment when he was supposed to be working.
An internal investigation identified the caller, who described multiple interactions with Johnson, including a sexual assault.
Johnson initially acknowledged a flirtatious friendship with the woman, but described it as a physical encounter after being told that he was the subject of an investigation. Johnson stated that the woman had made advances towards him, and that they had kissed and touched each other. He denied any sexual contact.
On November 10, 2020, Johnson agreed to a 10-day suspension.
On November 13, 2020, the internal investigation determined that Johnson had committed three rule violations, including Unbecoming Conduct, Neglect of Duty, and Leaving Post. The investigation found insufficient evidence to support allegations of Stalking in the Third Degree, Forcible Touching, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Blood Circulation, or Official Misconduct.
On July 7, 2023, a report by the state's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) concluded that Johnson "more likely than not" had assaulted the woman, had been untruthful during the investigation, and that the department should have fired him.
2020 Sexual Harassment
On July 6, 2020, Johnson sent a fellow officer an inappropriate message on social media. The officer told Johnson that the message had made her uncomfortable.
On September 24, 2020, the same officer claimed that Johnson had touched her in a sexual manner while on duty.
On November 5, 2020, an internal investigation substantiated the officer's accusations and recommended the chief of police take disciplinary action against Johnson.
On January 4, 2022, the department referred the totality of complaints about Johnson to the state's Office of the Attorney General's (OAG) Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, which is required when an officer receives five or more complaints in a two-year period.
On July 7, 2023, the OAG's report concluded that Johnson had sexually harassed the other officer.
2021 Sexual Harassment
On October 18, 2021, a second fellow officer reported that Johnson had stood "extremely close" and placed his hands on her hip and shoulder, making her uncomfortable. Johnson commented to another officer that the second officer "was flirting with him and trying to be his work wife".
An internal investigation concluded that the incident was accidental and did not constitute sexual harassment. One witness believed that Johnson and the other officer had run into each other and that Johnson was helping to steady her.
On July 7, 2023, the OAG's report concluded that Johnson had sexually harassed the second officer, as she believed the incident to be intentional and intended in a sexual manner. Johnson's comments showed that he understood there were sexual implications to his actions.
The OAG investigation determined that Johnson had "engaged in a pattern of misconduct involving inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature" and had violated policies prohibiting sexual harassment, unbecoming conduct, neglect of duty, and leaving post, and recommended that Johnson be fired.
On August 3, 2023, the county District Attorney acknowledged that they were investigating the incidents.
- Report and Findings, Office of the Attorney General, 2023-07-07
- Dion Johnson, Police/Patrol Officer, Albany, govSalaries
- Dion Johnson, Police/Patrol Officer, Saugerties, govSalaries
- Patricia Doxsey, Ulster DA’s office looking into sexual assault, harassment complaints against Saugerties police officer, Daily Freeman, 2023-08-03