UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


May 2017

Eric Johanson

UT Austin PD



Sergeant Eric Johanson began his career with the UT System Police in 2012 graduating from the 93rd Basic Peace Officer Course at the UT System Police Academy.  He is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor on evening shift patrol.  He works alongside his K9 partner Jarno and they are certified in explosives detection and criminal apprehension.  In addition, Eric is assigned as an assistant team leader on the System Rapid Response Team and the UT Austin Counter Assault Strike Team after completing basic SWAT school in 2016.

While Eric has numerous assigned duties, he finds his work in the K9 unit and the opportunity to develop young officers the most rewarding.  The daily challenges that handling and training a police canine are constant reminders that every day provides an opportunity to make progress and there are countless paths towards improvement.  Eric defers to the late General Patton in his approach to development of both his officers on shift and within the K9 unit, "If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

Eric models his police work and leadership style after mentors and peers from his time serving in the military.  Eric earned a combat infantry badge in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Lessons learned and experience from leading infantry soldiers in Afghanistan motivates Eric to focus on building teams and developing the people and processes of patrol at UT Austin.

During his career at UTPD Austin, Eric has been the recipient of the UT System Academy Top Cadet Award, Certificate of Merit, Police Commendation Award, and the Supervisor of the Year award.

Eric is originally from the suburbs of Chicago and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.  Since relocating to the Austin area in 2011, Eric has set his roots on the north shore of Lake Travis with the hopes of someday being considered a real Texan.



Click the links below to go directly to prior Officers of the Month

April 2017

Melanie Cleveland

UT Dallas Police Department



January 2017

Colin Slott

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2017

Stuart Alexander

UT Health Northeast - Tyler PD

March 2017

Olimpia Morales

UT Tyler PD

October 2016

Michael Redmond

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2016

Shawn Smith

UT San Antonio PD

December 2016

Hector Martinez

UT Medical Branch - Galveston PD

July 2016

Van Slusser

UT Rio Grande PD

August 2016

Alicia Dockens

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

September 2016

Arthur Barrera


April 2016

Wayne Coffey

UT Austin PD

May 2016

Pete Hensgen

UT El Paso PD

June 2016

Ronnie Johnson

UT Medical Branch Galveston PD

January 2016

Kenneth Baptiste

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2016

W.J. Braunsdorf

UT Medical Branch PD

March 2016

Bill Zimmerman

UT Arlington PD

October 2015

Beverly Kennedy

UT Tyler Police

November 2015

James Vernier

UT Arlington PD

December 2015

Brett Watkins

UT Austin PD

July 2015

John W. Siverand, Jr.

UT MB Galveston PD

August 2015

Maranda Tupper

UT San Antonio PD

September 2015

Brian Kneisley

UT Permian Basin PD

April 2015

Cynthia Loredo

UT Southwestern Medical Center

May 2015

Pablo Lopez

UT Pan American

June 2015

Wayne Smith

UT Houston PD

January 2015

Robert Major

UT San Antonio PD

February 2015

Adela Leal

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

March 2015

Jacob Corbitt

UT Medical Branch - Galveston

October 2014

Diego Mata

UT Pan American PD

November 2014

John Morrison

UT Arlington PD

December 2014

Jason Rask

UT Austin PD

July 2014

Officer Carolina Villareal

UT Austin PD

August 2014

Officer Robert Trimyer

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

September 2014

Stacey Rotunno

UT Dallas PD


April 2014

Gordon Firth

UT Dallas PD

May 2014

John Armstead

UT Houston PD

June 2014

Rey Trevino

UT Brownsville PD


January 2014

Robert DeRohn

UT San Antonio PD

February 2014

Joel Rivera

UT Arlington PD

March 2014

Natalie Rodriguez

UT Health Northeast PD


October 2013

Bobby Lane

UT San Antonio PD

November 2013

Charles Bonnet

UT Austin PD

December 2013

Kevin Gray

UT Houston PD


July 2013

Perla Noriega

UT Brownsville PD

August 2013

Jason Taylor

UT Austin PD

September 2013

Laura Davis

UT Austin PD


April 2013

Samantha Carter

UT Austin PD

May 2013

Jerry Blanco

UT Arlington PD

June 2013

David Sedmak

UT HSC San Antonio


January 2013

Clifford A. Douglas

UTMB Galveston PD

February 2013

Ashley Griffin

UT Austin PD

March 2013

Homar Bahena

UT Brownsville PD


October 2012

Scott H. Barnwell

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2012

Liju George

UT Southwestern PD

December 2012

Brandy Elliot

UT Tyler PD


July 2012

Molly Ralph

UT Pan American PD

August 2012

Joseph Michael Pasqua

UT Austin PD

September 2012

Dava Barnhart

UT Austin PD


April 2012

Angelia Lemmonds

UT MD Anderson PD

May 2012

Adam Jones

UT Southwestern PD

June 2012

Stefan Happ

UT MD Anderson PD




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