NYC Chapter of ASIS recognizes Chief Owen J. Monaghan (MTAPD) as the “2019 Person of the Year”

The New York City Chapter of ASIS International is pleased to announce our “2019 Person of the Year”!


All are welcome to join us for the Person of the Year Luncheon on Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Javits Center Special Events Hall to honor Chief Owen J. Monaghan, Chief of Police/Chief Security Officer for the State of New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. The ASIS NYC Chapter will honor Chief Monaghan as “2019 Person of the Year” for his dedication to the safety and security of travelers in New York State and to his many contributions to ASIS International through volunteer leadership positions.


Tickets for the Person of the Year Luncheon can be purchased ONLINE when registering as an attendee for the ASIS 29th NYC Security Conference at $85 each or $850 per table of ten. Note the change in program for 2019 as we are moving “Back to the Future” to our traditional one day of Exhibits with education sessions held on the day prior. See the Conference Schedule for more information.


Bio for Chief Owen J. Monaghan


Owen J. Monaghan was appointed to the position of Chief of Police with the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department (MTAPD) on January 6th, 2017. Later that year in August, Chief Monaghan was tasked with additional responsibilities as MTA Chief Security Officer in order to better synchronize the efforts of the MTA Office of Security with that of the Police Department. He currently leads a police department which is the sixth largest in New York State. The MTA Police and Office of Security is tasked with protecting over a trillion dollars in assets over a region of 5,000 square miles in two states.


Over 15 million people travel daily by rail, bus or over the bridges and tunnels of the MTA.


Chief Monaghan brought 34 years of experience in law enforcement to the MTA as a leader in transportation and security through his career with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). After retiring from the NYPD in 2015 he joined the MTA as Vice President of Security with New York City Transit (NYCT). Prior to that he was the two-star chief and borough commander of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, overseeing the department’s largest borough command. His command included 3,000 officers and 13 precincts and specialty units.


Monaghan has a long history of collaborating with federal, state and city officials, having served more than 14 years in the NYPD Transit Bureau. He rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief and Executive Officer, the bureau’s second in command overseeing 2,600 police officers. He was a key contributor to numerous strategies for regional transit security, NYCT security, and Emergency Preparedness Plans. He has received specialized training in transit security from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.


His passion for contributing to the security industry is demonstrated through his many volunteer leadership positions with ASIS International. He is the recipient of the prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification, awarded to experienced security practitioners who have demonstrated in-depth security knowledge and management skills. He has participated in numerous working groups developing ASIS certification programs and has contributed to the Protection of Assets publication. He has served as President of ASIS’s Professional Certification Board, previously serving as a Board Member for six years. He has also served the Long Island Chapter of ASIS as Chapter Vice Chair and Chapter Chair.


Chief Monaghan holds a Master of Public Administration from Marist College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute.

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