Sonya T. Proctor is the Assistant Administrator for Surface Operations, which aligns surface transportation security operations under direct executive leadership to provide the most effective and efficient security solutions for the four modes of land-based transportation: mass transit, freight rail, highway motor carrier and pipeline. Serving in TSA, Ms. Proctor’s executive accomplishments have spanned the policy, law enforcement and security operations areas.
She brings to TSA an extensive operational background in law enforcement and transportation security. Ms. Proctor started her law enforcement career in the Nation’s Capital, with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. During her twenty-five-year tenure she served in the patrol and investigative ranks, directing and leading the department through many city wide challenges, including crime reduction, civil disturbances, sensitive investigations and significant departmental reorganization. She rose to command many key positions, among them, the Human Resources Bureau for the Department, the Office of Internal Affairs, and the Special Events Unit of the Special Operations Division, which handles all major events, Presidential escorts, parades, marches, and demonstrations – scheduled and unscheduled – in the Nation’s Capital. She also served as Commander of the Third Police District, often recognized for its broad diversity and model community policing approach she developed with her community partners. She served in every rank from patrol officer to Chief of Police, retiring from the department, after serving as the Chief of Police, in an interim capacity.
Ms. Proctor went on to serve as the Chief of Police for the national Amtrak Police Department, developing a new strategic blend of city policing in a passenger railroad environment. In conjunction with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Ms. Proctor co-chaired the Northeast Corridor Coalition, a group of law enforcement leaders along the Amtrak route between Washington, DC and New York City to enhance post 9-11 security for passengers on that heavily travelled route.
A graduate of the 130th session of the FBI National Academy and a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, she remains active in the national and international law enforcement community. Ms. Proctor earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.