• Inland Distribution
  • September 30 - October 2, 2024 | The Westin Chicago River North

Will Johnson

BNSF Railway

Chief Special Agent, Assistant Vice President, Resource Protection

Will Johnson is assistant vice president of Resource Protection. He is responsible for the oversight of BNSF Police, Homeland Security, Special Investigations & Training, Cargo Claims and Load & Ride Solutions.

Will joined the BNSF team in 2020 as the chief of police and protection. Prior to that, Will served for more than 23 years as a member of the Arlington, Texas Police Department, where he was named chief of police in 2012.


 Bachelor's Degree in History, Texas Tech University

 Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Texas Christian University

 Graduate of the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, FBI National Executive Institute, and the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute Leadership Command College

Affiliations/Community Involvement

 4th Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

 3rd Vice President, Texas Police Chiefs Association

 Lifetime Member, Major Cities Chiefs Association

 Board Member, Alliance for Children


 Will enjoys watching his daughter play beach volleyball for her university and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Sessions With Will Johnson

Wednesday, 2 October

  • 09:50am - 10:20am (CST) / 02/oct/2024 02:50 pm - 02/oct/2024 03:20 pm

    Cargo Crime II: Rail

    Cargo security is also a concern for intermodal rail shippers. Exporters have complained about seal breaks between the Midwest or Mid-South and West Coast US ports. When the seal is broken, many exporters must pay to return the cargo back to origin, dispose of the materials, and pay for a new shipment to protect the health and safety of the recipient, even if nothing was taken. Seal breaks are also a problem in domestic intermodal. Sometimes cargo is stolen, other times the crooks open the door but take nothing, but either way unauthorized individuals are accessing trains. The domestic intermodal providers can provide some intelligence with devices on their containers that send an alert when the door is open while in transit. The data doesn’t tell who broke into the container, but it can disclose when and where it happened. Most ocean containers don’t have such technology. This session will assess what steps intermodal providers are taking to protect the cargo under their care and custody and deter or prevent break-ins, regardless of whether cargo is stolen or not. What are the pros and cons of the measures being implemented today? Are there other solutions shippers should consider to bolster cargo security?