George W. Anderson, director of World Trade Center security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will receive the 2019 SIA Insightful Practitioner Award, an honor recognizing excellence in promoting the implementation of innovative security solutions.

Anderson – who retired from the New York Police Department (NYPD) in 2011 after 30 years of service – serves as chair of the Private Sector Liaison Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

“I am honored and beyond thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award; the most important element of the award to me is the focus on teamwork,” said Anderson. “Although I am the recipient, the award really recognizes all of the teams I have been a part of over my 37 years in both the public and private sector. The challenges we face cannot be addressed alone—partnership and collaboration are the keys to success, and I am proud to be part of a profession and an industry that places so much value on those principles.”

During his career with the NYPD, Anderson rose to the position of assistant chief in the department’s Patrol Services Bureau, spent five years overseeing the Police Academy and also served as executive officer of the department’s Personnel Bureau. Before assuming his current role in 2015, he served as vice president of operations – Manhattan for AlliedBarton Security Services, the largest private security services company in North America.

SIA’s Insightful Practitioner Award is presented annually to a security practitioner who demonstrates leadership and excellence in promoting the implementation of innovative security solutions through education, advocacy and teamwork with the security industry and other stakeholders.