Meet the NFTA Transit Police
Chief George W. Gast
George W. Gast was appointed as the fourth Chief of Police for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Department on March 1, 2010. Gast began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a patrol officer for the Willoughby, Ohio Police Department. In 1984 Gast entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent assigned to the Waterbury Connecticut Resident Agency, New Haven Division. In 1986, Gast was selected from the ranks of the FBI to become one of 50 Special Agents assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team. The HRT is a full time national level tactical team prepared to deploy to any location throughout the world to conduct a successful rescue of U.S. persons who may be held illegally by domestic criminals or international terrorists.
In 1990 Gast was transferred to the Buffalo, New York office of the FBI where he served as the SWAT Team Leader, Principal Firearms Instructor, and was tasked with investigating organized crime, gangs, narcotics violations, bank robberies, and crimes against children among other federal investigations. In 1997 Gast was named a Supervisory Special Agent in the Buffalo, NY FBI Field Office. In this capacity Gast was responsible for the supervision of the Violent Crime Major Offender Squad, the Organized Crime/Drug Squad and the Buffalo Violent Crime Career Criminal Task Force. Gast also served as an FBI certified undercover agent and functioned in numerous undercover operations throughout the United States. In November 2004, Gast retired from the FBI to accept a position as the Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Gast resides in Buffalo with his wife, Penelope. They have three children, Meighan Lloyd, George Ryan Gast and Barrett Gast, and two grandchildren, Magnus and Maeve.
Captain Chris N. Chiodo
A police officer for over 24 years, Chiodo started as a patrolman on the Metro Light Rail Rapid Transit System. In 1994 Chiodo was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, transferred to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and served as the assistant Security Coordinator and Canine Supervisor. Shortly after 9/11 Chiodo was appointed Airport Security Coordinator, which serves as a liaison between federal, state, local law enforcement agencies, and their interaction with airport tenants, along with overseeing, implementing and enforcing all security related matters.
In 2004 Chiodo was promoted to the rank of captain and placed in command of the Airports Division, consisting of both the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airport. Duties include enforcement of aviation security and law enforcement regulations, planning and implementation of all policy and procedures related to airport security operations, managing four shift lieutenants, 35 plus patrol officers, six canine teams, and one detective. In 2007, Chiodo became the commander of the newly formed Tactical Response unit.
Captain Chiodo has attended numerous law enforcement schools and seminars which include - Crisis Negotiation hosted by the FBI, Dignitary Protection hosted by the US Secret Service and SWAT Supervision and Command school hosted by the National Tactical Officers Association. He has been assigned as the airports lead officer for three presidential visits, numerous foreign dignitaries and notable celebrities.
Chiodo has been awarded two command citations, several commendations from outside federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and a distinguished letter of appreciation from the White House.
Chiodo resides in the Town of Hamburg with his wife Deborah, daughters Kelli and Michelle and has a stepson Scott, who presently serves as a Seabee in the US Navy.
Captain Jason P. Porter
Graduated from Gannon University (Erie, PA) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and played for the Gannon Golden Knight Baseball team on an athletic scholarship. Upon college graduation, Porter attended the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, Corning Community College, graduating in June, 1998. He accepted a position with the Stueben County Sheriffs Department, working inside the Stueben County Jail, (Bath, NY) as a Jail Deputy July through November 1998. Porter was hired by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in December '1998. Worked as a Patrol Officer, and Field Training Officer with the LRRT Division, working out of the headquarters located at 1404 Main Street. 2002 - 2005 Porter was an active member of the Departments “Pistol Team”. 1999 - present, coached and played for the NFTA PD softball tournament team.
December 2007 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Completed Police Supervision School in October 2008. Soon to be placed in charge of the departments internship program, and head the departments training program. May 2010 accepted the responsibility of lead investigator of the LRRT division's “PSD”. Currently working out of LRRT Division and is working the relief supervisor's schedule.
Currently resides in Hamburg with his wife (Kristy) and two sons, Chase and Connor. Proud owner of an “old English” bulldog named Rocky. Hobbies include playing golf, softball, and attending sporting events.