The Johnston Police Department (JPD) is pleased to announce the promotion of one of its officers. On Monday, March 7, 2022, Chief Dennis McDaniel promoted Officer Abell to the rank of Sergeant. Mayor Paula Dierenfeld swore in Sergeant Abell during the City Council meeting.
“This promotion is much deserved as Sgt. Abell has shown leadership skills during his time with JPD,” said Police Chief Dennis McDaniel. “He has a willingness to learn to ensure his team is the best at what they do. As a member of this department, he goes above and beyond. I am proud of this promotion and I look forward to seeing his leadership skills grow within our department.”
Sergeant Abell began his law enforcement career at the Creston Police Department and has been with the JPD since February 2018. In January 2020, he started the leadership development program and was selected as the Officer in Charge of the afternoon patrol watch. Then in July 2020, he assumed additional leadership responsibilities as the appointed Corporal of the third watch, where he continued to grow his supervisory experiences.
Sgt. Abell is a certified firearms and rifle instructor and standardized field sobriety instructor. He also serves as a member of the Suburban Emergency Response Team as a Marksman and a member of the Johnston Police Department’s Quick Response Team (QRT).
With this promotion, Sgt. Abell will become a watch commander for a patrol shift.