University Police commander Shaun Johnson dies at age 57


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Shaun Johnson speaks at a 2014 student forum on Title IX policy. Johnson passed away Wednesday due to cancer.

Ben Pope, Summer Editor

University Police Cmdr. Shaun Johnson died Wednesday night at the age of 57 after a fight with cancer, according to an email from Chief of Police Bruce Lewis.

Johnson served most recently as Commander of Patrol Operations for UP, Lewis said.

“While working his way through the ranks, Shaun was not only known for his technical expertise, but also for his kindness and generosity,” Lewis said. “Shaun was truly a remarkable friend who will be dearly missed and will remain in our hearts.”

A member of the department since 1989, Johnson worked on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses and built “lasting relationships” with all branches of UP, as well as Evanston’s police and fire departments, Lewis said.

Johnson also served as Commander of Emergency Services at the time of then-President Barack Obama’s 2014 campus visit, coordinating much of the policing and emergency preparedness for the event, Lewis said.

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