7/21/22 - REFLECTIONS ON UVALDE

Captain Gregory Hanna, Jr.

Gregory Hanna

Retired Captain

Captain Gregory Hanna, Jr. retired in 2020 from the Metro Transit Police Department in Washington, D.C. after 27 years of service. During his tenure with the department, he served in numerous leadership and command roles, which included leading the Honor Guard Unit, Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Section Commander of the K-9 Unit, Precinct Commander, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, Watch Commander, and Commander of Internal Affairs. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the agency’s internal investigation tracking and accountability system (IAPro and Blue Team). His strategies led to a comprehensive departmentwide early warning system to proactively identify emerging issues for early intervention. In 2016, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the department’s first Summer Crime Initiative. The introduction of this program integrated weekly COMPSTAT crime strategies and the use of GIS technology to identify emerging crime patterns, crime hot spot mapping, resource allocation for crime reduction, and opportunities for community outreach events.

Most notably, he is the security strategist and author of several major special event security deployment plans for his agency in Washington, D.C. The events included regional large-scale events and several National Special Security Events (NSSE), such as the Nuclear Security Summit, State of the Union, and Presidential Inaugurations. He is a graduate from the FBI National Academy Session #261 in Quantico, Virginia, as well as Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College. He has received multiple distinctions, which include medals for Meritorious and Distinguished service. He possesses over 25 years of instructor experience administering national curriculums focused on bias-based profiling, implicit bias, ethical standards, officer involved shootings, Blue Courage, and numerous academy-based law enforcement curriculums. He is a certified National Trainer and leadership team member for the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, which is sponsored by Georgetown Law’s Center of Innovations in Community Safety, in partnership with global law firm Sheppard Mullin