CRIM 604 Speaker - Edward Hanko, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Philadelphia

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Jerry Lee Center, 3809 Walnut St.

Mr. Hanko has been the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division since March 2013. He came to the city after nearly two years as the SAC in Cincinnati. Prior to that, he served at FBI Headquarters in Washington, where he was the chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for the undercover, budget, and administrative programs.

Mr. Hanko joined the FBI in 1986 and was first assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, Mr. Hanko moved to the Newark Field Office, where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations.

Three years later, Mr. Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, part of the Philadelphia Division, where he worked drug, organized crime, and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002 and managed cases across all investigative programs. In 2005, Mr. Hanko transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he instructed new agents, police officers, and Command Staff College attendees.

He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007 and managed the violent crime, organized crime, gang/criminal enterprise, and Critical Incident Response programs. In October 2009, Mr. Hanko was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Mr. Hanko earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore in 1985. He served as an officer in the Baltimore Police Department from 1981-86.