NFL picks Washington DC police chief to head security

NFL picks Washington DC police chief to head security

NFL picks Washington DC police chief to head security

According to her email to the department, Lanier, who makes close to $300,000 as the chief of police, will head to the National Football League to serve as head of security.

As the league's chief security officer, Lanier will supervise all operations and activities of the NFL security department.

In a statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Godell said he was happy to have Lanier coming onboard, and called her a "tremendous communicator, innovator and relationship builder".

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. She served as chief under three different mayors. Lanier previously worked as the police chief in Washington D.C. 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.

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In an interview last week with WTOP National Security Correspondent JJ Green before she announced plans to retire, Lanier reflected on highs and lows points in her two-decade career. "I owe my life to this city, the residents and this department". During Lanier's tenure as Chief of Police, there has been a decrease in the number of homicides in District of Columbia as well as the outstanding homicide closure rate.

Lanier, whose current contract was set to end in January, said she couldn't pass up the unique job opportunity in professional sports. In July, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she would be stepping down from her post in September.

"Lanier should be ashamed that she's leaving the department in disarray", Pemberton said.

Under Lanier's direction, The Metropolitan Police Department has increased its use of social media to include tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, according to a bio on the department's website.

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