The 2016 Public Safety Summit at Harvard University gathered senior leaders at the forefront of policing to share and develop ideas to transform law enforcement, with a focus on how to grow organizational capacity, while increasing community partnership and trust.
In today’s public safety environment, shaped by shifting social, cultural and economic pressures, accelerating technology change, and new and evolving threats, the mission to protect and serve grows more complex by the day.
To effectively respond, police leaders need to pursue innovations on multiple fronts, enabling organizational, operational and technology transformation to improve policing performance. Simultaneously, they must also meet demands to develop greater transparency, community trust and legitimacy.
At this 2nd annual Summit, public safety leaders worked with Harvard faculty and researchers and select industry experts to explore strategies and pathways forward to transform organizations, improve policing service, and set a vision for the future.
Check back soon for highlights, including case studies from the Metropolitan Police Service in London, NYPD, Harvard Business School, and more, sharing action steps leaders can embrace.
The Summit builds on a decade of research by Harvard Kennedy School’s program in Criminal Justice. Combining compelling case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops with Harvard faculty, public safety practitioners and select industry experts. The 2016 Public Safety Summit: Growing Capacity and Legitimacy, focused on working through these questions:
What type of leadership is needed to build capacity, facilitate change, and adapt organizational culture for the long-term?
How can digital tools improve crime response, as well as engage the community in co-creating public safety solutions?
What innovative strategies and models can reduce operational costs and complexity, but also increase agility?
The Summit is developed by Leadership for a Networked World and hosted by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Accenture.
Public safety leaders, operating in an era of change, must adapt and evolve their organizations, harness new technology and create capacity to address new challenges and conflicting demands. At the Summit, leaders discussed how to accomplish this, while also building community trust and delivering the outcomes and legitimacy society demands.
Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole arrives in Seattle to drive change and take on one of the biggest challenges of her career.
Seattle Police Chief
Camden’s Chief of Police describes how a move to dissolve its police force, and restructure to a new countywide, shared-services enterprise, led to major operational change and a new culture.
Camden Chief of Police
Discover how in the face of enormous fiscal difficulties, as well as technological and cultural change, Chief Constable Chris Sims of the West Midlands (UK) Police Service embraced the opportunity to improve, leveraging information as a vital ingredient to progress.
Chief Constable, West Midlands Police
Roberto Villaseñor, former Police Chief in Tucson, Arizona and a member of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, summarizes the group’s exploration of the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations.
The Public Safety Summit at Harvard University is developed by Leadership for a Networked World, convened by The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), in collaboration with Accenture. For more information, visit: publicsafetysummit.org