Polly Hanson

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Polly Hanson is responsible for developing transit security, risk and emergency management standards and policies for the American Public Transportation Association. She performs peer reviews and assists with safety audits and serves as an advocate for transportation security, as well as a source matter expert on transit security, risk and emergency management issues.

Previously, Polly was the Chief of Police for AMTRAK where she led a national police department responsible for protecting over 30 million passengers and 20,000 employees. Prior to Amtrak, she was a career SES 1811 serving as the Director of the Office of Law Enforcement and Security for the Department of the Interior. At the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C., Polly was the Executive Director, Strategic Services Bureau where as a civilian Assistant Chief she oversaw the development of policy and procedures, tactical crime analysis and research, strategic planning, applicant and promotional testing.

Polly received her Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelors Degree in Communications from Temple University. In addition, she continued her education by attending the F.B.I.’s National Executive Institute, Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and National Academy. Polly is working to obtain her FTA TSSP and SMS certifications.