Washington D.C. police chief to become head of NFL security

Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:36pm EDT
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By Joseph Ax

(Reuters) - Cathy Lanier, who has served as Washington, D.C.'s first female police chief since 2007, announced on Tuesday she will step down next month to oversee security for the National Football League.

As the NFL's chief security officer, Lanier, 49, will supervise security efforts for all 32 teams as well as for major events like the Super Bowl, the league said in a statement.

"Cathy joins us with a well-deserved reputation of being a tremendous communicator, innovator and relationship builder," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Lanier has spent 26 years with the 3,700-member Metropolitan Police Department. Her last day will be Sept. 17.

At a news conference at police headquarters on Tuesday, Lanier referred to her background as a high school dropout who joined the police department as a patrol officer in 1990 after earning a high-school equivalency diploma.

"Now I have two master's degrees," she said. "I owe my life to this city, the residents and this department."

Mayor Muriel Bowser, who said she would name an interim replacement within a few days, praised Lanier for overseeing a 23 percent reduction in violent crime while improving the department's relations with the community.

"She will leave a tremendous legacy here," Bowser said.   Continued...

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier pauses as she listens to Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office Valerie Parlave (not seen) host a news conference to share the findings about the investigation into the shootings at the Navy Yard last Monday at the FBI's Washington Field Office in Washington, September 25, 2013.    REUTERS/Larry Downing