Public Safety & Policing
Leadership for a Networked World’s Public Safety Initiative provides transformational thought leadership and learning experiences for policymakers and executives designing the future of public trust, legitimacy, and value in policing.

If we can somehow relieve that tension, relieve that pressure between the police and the community, build on relationships, your job is going to be safer. It might not be easier, but it's going to be safer.


Over half of Public Safety leaders feel their organization is not prepared, or only somewhat prepared to sustain long-term transformation initiatives.

Attendees said politics, technology, and transparency were the top 3 drivers of change.

In the past five years, all Public Safety leaders reported experiencing moderate to extreme change.

These results were taken from surveys given to participants prior to their attendance at an LNW event.


In the course of more than three decades in law enforcement, Michael Harrison, the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, has had to navigate a wide array of challenges. After joining the New Orleans Police Department in 1991, he gradually climbed through the ranks of the...

Thanks to advances in digital technology, law enforcement organizations increasingly have access to...

In 2020, the Denver Police Department (DPD) was confronting a challenge. As Chief Paul Pazen noted...

Since joining the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1981, Chief Michel Moore has navigated...


April 5, 2024 to April 7, 2024

2024 Public Safety Summit: Becoming Future-Ready

The Public Safety Summit is the foremost academic research program and event for senior-most leaders to invent and realize the future of public safety and policing. To accomplish this goal, the Summit combines case studies from current public safety officials, insights from academic research, and expertise from industry experts. The Summit builds on and extends research from across Harvard University and features fresh case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops designed to create transformational solutions in public safety.


In 2008, when Scott Thomson became the Chief of the Camden Police Department, he faced an extraordinarily challenging situation. To begin with, he was taking over a police department that was tasked with ensuring safety in a municipality that was consistently rated one of the most dangerous...


April 21, 2023 to April 23, 2023

2023 Public Safety Summit: Activating a Bold Vision

April 22, 2022 to April 24, 2022

2022 Public Safety Summit: Leading into the Emerging Future

April 12, 2019 to April 14, 2019

2019 Public Safety Summit: Sustaining Transformation

April 20, 2018 to April 22, 2018

2018 Public Safety Summit: Leadership in Turbulent Times

April 21, 2017 to April 23, 2017

2017 Public Safety Summit: The Dynamics of Culture and Capacity

April 29, 2016 to May 1, 2016

2016 Public Safety Summit: Growing Capacity and Legitimacy

April 24, 2015 to April 26, 2015

2015 Public Safety Summit: Leadership for a New Era

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