2019 New England Security EXPO Platinum Sponsor

October 22, 2014 - High Tea at the Langham
Women in Security Networking Event
Cosponosored by ASIS International Boston and Providence Chapters

Honored Guest Speaker:
Ret. Lt. Col. Marian McGovern

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
2:00pm - 5:00pm

The Langham Hotel Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
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Cost / Registration:
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Guest Speaker Information:
Ret. Lt. Col. Marian McGovern

Lt. Colonel Marian McGovern is a 30 year veteran and Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. She began her career in the western part of the state at the Northampton barracks where she performed all the functions of a road Trooper. She transferred to the Holden barracks which brought her closer to home and closer to her passion of teaching. Colonel McGovern has been involved in training for not only Department members but members of State, Local, and Federal Law Enforcement agencies as well as numerous agencies and departments in this state and others as well.

Shortly thereafter she joined the rank of Detective and spent the next 20 years investigating homicides, robberies, assaults, child abuse, and rapes as well as working in an undercover capacity, investigating those involved in the narcotic trade and organized crime. She was involved in one of the most prolific organized crime cases in the state and her undercover work was instrumental in arresting a number of high profile organized crime figures. While in the Detective Unit she rose through the ranks and became the Executive Officer of the unit.

It was during this time that Colonel McGovern concentrated on establishing training for investigators of child abuse, and in the fields of interview and interrogation. She developed a curriculum for a 40 hour course that is still in existence today. Colonel McGovern still instructs in these areas as well as instructing in leadership and management.

Colonel McGovern moved on to become the Chief of Staff for the Department and then to the Commanding Officer of the Media Relations Unit. After being promoted to Major, she became the Deputy Commander of the State Police Academy. During her tenure, she was responsible for graduating three recruit training classes that resulted in over 500 new Troopers. Colonel McGovern instituted several changes at the Academy, both in the academic field as well as in the physical training arena.

Colonel McGovern was instrumental in establishing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts AMBER Alert program. Her hard work and dedication have made the Commonwealth’s AMBER Alert one of the most successful in the nation.

In August of 2006, she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to command the Division of Standards and Training. Colonel McGovern was promoted to the position of Deputy Superintendent in January 2009, the second highest-ranking officer of the Department.

In December 2009, Governor Deval L. Patrick appointed her as the first female Colonel/Superintendent of the Department of State Police. Colonel McGovern continues to share her knowledge, experiences with others, and is committed to a mentoring and development program for her fellow officers.