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The Public Safety Summit at Harvard University

The 2016 Public Safety Summit: Building Capacity and Legitimacy
April 29-May 1, 2016

Overview

The transformative challenges facing policing today

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.

EXPLORE INSIGHTS AND LEARNINGS FROM THE 2015 PUBLIC SAFETY SUMMIT FINAL REPORT [PDF]

DOWNLOAD THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTION STEPS FROM THE 2015 PUBLIC SAFETY SUMMIT FINAL REPORT [PDF]


Public safety leaders share insights from the 2015 Summit

"There is a lot of collaboration here, there is a lot of sharing of some great ideas and I think it makes our profession stronger."
BILL EVANS
Commissioner, Boston Police Department

Background

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.

Insights from the 2015 Public Safety Summit:

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.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT TO REVIEW CASE STUDIES AND FINDINGS [PDF]

DOWNLOAD THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTION STEPS LEADERS CAN EMBRACE [PDF]

INSIGHTS FROM LEADERS

2015 Summit Highlights

Summit participants explore leadership lessons from a Harvard Business School case study.
Law enforcement leaders from Chicago, Seattle, Travis County, Texas, and New York City reflect on Summit findings.
Summit participants learned and worked together on public safety challenges presented in this new era of convergence.
Police executives from Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles and Dallas lead a discussion on recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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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

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