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New detective named to Warrenton Police Department

Police Chief Matt Workman introduces Detective Tyler Johnston to the City Commission Tuesday night. (Cindy Yingst)
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Warrenton’s new police detective hit the ground running.

On July 25, the first day of Tyler Johnston’s new assignment, there was an officer-involved shooting in Seaside and he was diverted to help with the case, Warrenton Police Chief Matt Workman told the City Commission.

“There’s a lot of variety,” Johnston said. “Since I started, I don’t think I’ve had a dull moment.”

The detective, who has been a police officer with the department since April 2015, was introduced Tuesday night.

The new position was made possible through an increase commissioners approved in the police budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Johnston’s contract is for three years with the option of renewing.

“He’s one of these guys that’s just thirsty for knowledge,” Workman said. “He’s our go-to guy for electronic evidence, search warrants, preservation of evidence.”

Johnston has received specialized training in child-abuse investigations, sex-offender interviewing, child and infant death investigations, use-of-force documentation, school safety and active shooter scenarios and social media investigations.

He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University. His father is former Astoria Police Chief Brad Johnston, who retired last year.

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