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  • 17 May 2019
    导出博客文章WASHINGTON -- Washington police chief Cathy Lanier, the first woman to lead the
    department permanently and one of the nations longest-serving and most popular
    big-city police chiefs, announced Tuesday that she is stepping down to become
    head of security for the National Football League.Lanier, 49, started her career
    with the Metropolitan Police Department as a patrol officer and rose through the
    ranks. She served as chief for nine-and-a-half years, under three mayoral
    administrations, overseeing reductions in crime as the nations capital
    experienced an influx of wealth that transformed once-troubled
    neighborhoods.Lanier said at a news conference that she has rejected numerous
    offers to lead other big-city police departments, but she saw the opportunity to
    handle security for the nations favorite sport to be too good to pass up.To
    women who think that there are limitations to what you can do and where you can
    work, the NFL reaching out to me for this position says that there are not
    limitations for where you can work because of your age, your race or your
    gender, Lanier said.In her new job, Lanier will oversee the security of all 32
    NFL teams and their venues, working with federal, state and local law
    enforcement and handling security for the Super Bowl.We are excited to welcome
    to our team an individual of Cathys talent and extensive record of
    accomplishments, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. Cathy joins
    us with a well-deserved reputation of being a tremendous communicator, innovator
    and relationship builder.Lanier, a Maryland native who dropped out of high
    school in 9th grade and became a mother at age 15, was an inspiration to many as
    she rose to the departments top job. She came from a family of police officers
    and joined the department after earning a high-school equivalency diploma. She
    later earned a bachelors degree and two masters degrees.Lanier was head of
    homeland security and counterterrorism for the department when then-Mayor-elect
    Adrian Fenty called and offered her the job of chief, without an interview.This
    city gave me an opportunity when many would not have, Lanier said. I owe my life
    to this city, to the residents and to the department. ... Its bittersweet, its
    heartbreaking to leave the city I grew up in.Polls consistently ranked her as
    the most popular public official in the city, and she had a frank, easygoing
    manner on television and in testimony before the D.C. Council. She was an early
    advocate of officers wearing body cameras, saying they would increase
    transparency and promote good policing. The department is in the process of
    outfitting all patrol officers with cameras.Washington was dubbed the nations
    murder capital during the crack epidemic of the 1990s -- with more than 300
    slayings a year in the city of roughly 600,000 -- but violent crime had already
    decreased significantly by the time Lanier became chief amid the citys booming
    post-9/11 economy. Homicides continued to drop to a low of 88 in 2012, although,
    slayings increased last year by more than 50 percent, and killings this year are
    continuing at 2015s pace.Lanier said she was most proud of restoring the
    departments commitment to community policing.The most important legacy is we
    have a community that supports us, she said. People will talk to us now and give
    us the information we need.Lanier clashed periodically with the citys police
    union, particularly over a wave of retirements that some officers said left the
    department -- which now has 3,700 officers -- dangerously understaffed. Union
    treasurer Gregg Pemberton said nearly 1,000 officers had fled the department in
    the past two-and-a-half years.Lanier should be ashamed that shes leaving the
    department in disarray, Pemberton said. Morale has never been worse.Laniers last
    day will be Sept. 17. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser said she will appoint an
    interim chief in the coming days, and she said its possible the next permanent
    chief will be promoted from within.The National Football League, youve got a
    good one here, Bowser said. She leaves the department and the city in very good
    hands.Lanier made $253,000 annually as police chief. Because her departure is
    considered a retirement, she will receive an annual pension of roughly $177,000.
    She declined to disclose what her salary with the NFL will be.---Follow Ben
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    clarified to reflect that Lanier was the first woman to lead the department
    permanently; the department previously had a woman serve as interim chief.
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