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The Public Safety Summit at Harvard University

Join us for the 2016 Public Safety Summit: Building Capacity and Legitimacy, April 29-May 1, 2016

Overview

The transformative challenges facing policing today

Public safety leaders are operating in a dynamic environment shaped by shifting social, political, and economic pressures, accelerating technology change, and new and evolving threats to community safety. In this new era, the mission to serve and protect grows more complex by the day.

To effectively respond, police leaders need to pursue innovations that build organizational capacity, enabling cultural, operational and technology transformation to improve policing performance. Simultaneously, they must also meet pressing demands to develop greater transparency, community trust and legitimacy. Achieving both objectives requires public safety leaders to balance competing priorities in a climate of limited resources.

To help public safety leaders work through these challenges, Leadership for a Networked World and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Accenture, are convening the 2016 Public Safety Summit: Building Capacity and Legitimacy, to be held April 29 – May 1, at Harvard University.

This 2nd annual Summit will bring together senior-most police and public safety leaders to learn and share ideas on how to deliver on these goals to achieve better results, strengthen community trust, and redefine public safety for the future.

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]

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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 Policy and Management. Combining compelling case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops with Harvard faculty and researchers, Summit participants work together to create transformational solutions in public safety.

The 2016 Public Safety Summit: Growing Capacity and Legitimacy, will focus on working through these questions:

  • What innovative strategies and operating models can reduce operational costs and complexity, but also increase agility in policing structures, systems and people?

  • How can digital tools such as social media, data and analytics improve crime response, as well as engage the community in co-creation of public safety solutions?

  • What new recruitment and training methods will improve current capabilities and develop a pipeline for the leadership and skills needed in the future?

  • What type of leadership is needed to simultaneously build near-term operational capacity, facilitate change, and adapt organizational culture for the long-term?

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]

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2015

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.

SUCCESS STORIES

Transforming Seattle’s Police Department

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole arrives in Seattle to drive change and take on one of the biggest challenges of her career.

"Unless we get people to buy in . . . they have a voice and they contribute, I’m convinced that we don’t realize the full potential of our organizations."
KATHLEEN O'TOOLE

Seattle Police Chief

Leading a turn-around in Camden, New Jersey

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.

We wanted guardians, not warriors. We wanted community builders before we had crime fighters
SCOTT THOMSON

Camden Chief of Police

AREAS OF TRANSFORMATION

To move forward, leaders must adapt and transform organizations within four overarching areas:    

  • Complexity:  The operating environment for public safety organizations is changing dynamically.  Leaders must enhance their engagement with communities and stakeholders in preventive policing solutions, while also responding to evolving threats such as cybercrime, civil unrest, and terrorism.

  • Convergence:  The fusion of digital surveillance, data-rich networks, and social technologies creates new capability for intelligence-led policing. To build and retain public trust in the value, leaders must harness this opportunity, while carefully balancing individual liberties and protecting civil rights.

  • Capacity:  Public safety agencies remain under unrelenting pressure to do more with less.  By moving to new operating models and organizational structures, leaders are improving use of resources.  But they also must reform policy and strategies to achieve more effective outcomes.

  • Culture:  As societal expectations of public safety change, the requisite shift in policing methods can be jolting to the identity and culture of the organization.  While reshaping their organization’s mission, leaders must help stakeholders embrace new ways of working, roles, and identities.

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In collaboration with Accenture, the 2015 Public Safety Summit:  Leadership for a New Era was developed and managed by Leadership for a Networked World and convened by The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH). For more information, visit:

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