NFL Names Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier Senior Vice President of Security

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NFL Names Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier Senior Vice President of Security

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Veteran law enforcement official CATHY LANIER has been named the NFL’s new Senior Vice President of Security, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.

Lanier has served since 2007 as the Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department for the District of Columbia under three mayors. She will be based in the league’s New York office and begin work next month.

As the league’s chief security officer, Lanier will supervise all operations and activities of the NFL security department. She will oversee coordination with the league office and the 32 clubs and also will work with federal, state, and local law entities to ensure the security of the NFL’s venues, fans, players, staff and infrastructure. She will be the primary supervisor of investigative programs, event security including the Super Bowl and international games, game integrity programs, and department administration. 

“We are excited to welcome to our team an individual of Cathy’s talent and extensive record of accomplishments,” said Goodell. “Cathy joins us with a well-deserved reputation of being a tremendous communicator, innovator and relationship builder.” 

Lanier has spent her 26-year law enforcement career with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Lanier was named to the top spot in 2007. Much of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch, Vehicular Homicide Units, and Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism strategies. 

Lanier has extensive experience in all areas of law enforcement as she consistently rose through the ranks of the department, including a diverse list of professional development activities and certifications. As chief of the department, Lanier’s innovative strategies are credited with reducing violent crime in Washington 21 percent from 2007 to 2015 while the D.C. population grew by 15 percent.  She has extensive experience in managing security for major events such as Presidential Inaugurations.  

Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 

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