In June of 1973, John graduated with honors from Paxon High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Two weeks after graduation, John joined the United States Air Force and became an Aircraft mechanic on the C-130 Turbo-prop Aircraft. After two years as a mechanic, John retrained into the field of Aerospace Control and Warning advancing in his career until his retirement in 1993.
In January of 1994, John joined the Hampton Police Division beginning a long career in Law enforcement. During the first seven years, John was assigned to patrol where he was proactive in identifying violations of law and taking corrective actions. John was one of the first officers assigned as a bicycle patrol officer was had specific duties as drug reconnaissance to identify area of the city with this issue. With his initiative and endurance, John was able to identify homes used as drug dens and had them torn down providing a better atmosphere for the citizens living in that neighborhood. Also during this time frame of 1998 & 1999, John was assigned as one the city’s first School Resource Officer.
On May 1, 2001, John Perkins was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was assigned to the Crimes against persons. As a Detective in this area he would investigate crimes such as murder, rape, maiming, suspicious deaths and suicide. After one year, Detective Perkins was reassigned to the Crimes against Property section and investigated crimes such as burglary, with collar crimes, fraud and auto theft. Detective remained in this capacity until September of 2008.
In September of 2008, Perkins was assigned as Road supervisor for one year leading new officers in a productive pro active policing lifestyle. As a supervisor, Perkins would instruct officers to be objective in their enforcement of the state and local laws. Because of his attention to detail, Perkins was reassignment as a detective. This time he was assigned to the Pawn detail where he would monitor the activities of the Pawn shops, Precious metal dealers and the Salvage yards. During this assignment, Detective Perkins discovered deficiencies in the reporting system as mandated by state law. Detective Perkins informed city officials and worked on initiating new laws to compensate for the misunderstood laws. Detective Perkins also found inconsistencies in the reports submitted by patrol officers. Officers were labeling reports under one category when it should have been under another. This issue was corrected and the city officials were now able to see the problems in the city that went unnoticed in the pass.
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