Detective Mike Johnson
Mike was appointed to the National Board of Directors for the American Professional Society on
the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in 1998, and was President of the APSAC Texas State Chapter.
In addition to serving on numerous national boards and task forces, including the National
Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Law Enforcement Subcommittee for several of
APSAC’s National Colloquiums, and the Working Group for the establishment of the National
Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY), Johnson has been instrumental in helping
shape Texas laws relating to child abuse. He has served on the Texas State Attorney General’s
Sexual Offender Protocol Task Force and Senator Florence Shapiro’s Blue Ribbon committee to
formulate the now instated “Ashley Laws.”
A well-known national speaker, he is now taking his message to the international arena, having
been a featured speaker at ISPCAN’s (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and
Neglect) International Congress in Durban, South Africa, the International Association of Chiefs of
Police Child Protection Summit, and the Norwegian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in
He frequently lectures at national and state conferences, and community programs focusing on
multidisciplinary teams and their intervention in child maltreatment. He lives in a suburb of
Dallas, Texas, with his wife and their three children.
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""My commitment is to all abused children and those professionals dedicated to protecting them in
the criminal and civil justice system."
Mike Johnson is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in
Psychology from Southwest Texas State University in San
Mike Johnson joined the Plano Police Department in
September 1982. Upon graduation from the Police
Academy, he spent four months as an undercover narcotics
officer. After being assigned to the Patrol division for four
years, Johnson transferred to the Criminal Investigations
division and began investigating child abuse in 1986. In
August 2010, he retired from the police department to
accept the newly formed position of Director of Youth
Protection for the Boy Scouts of America.
Detective Johnson is considered an ambassador for child
advocacy. He is a founding member of the Collin County
Children’s Advocacy Center, and in 1996 he was named
the Center’s “Child Advocate of the Year”.