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 this episode of the Chief Growth Officer Podcast, Scott Thomson, former police chief of Camden, New Jersey shares his unique perspective on what it takes to move a policing organization through phases of innovation and change, and how lessons learned can be applied to organizations of all types.

Soon after Drew Harris was appointed the new Commissioner of An Garda Síochána in June 2018, the...

Police Chief Medario Arrandondo of the Minneapolis Police Department will tell you that culture is...

Jeri Williams knows how it feels to be treated like an outsider in her own city. Williams is a born...


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...

In June 2014, when Kathleen O’Toole became the Chief of the Seattle Police Department, she faced challenges on multiple levels. To begin with, she was taking the reins of an organization that was desperately in need of change. SPD had recently reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of...


April 24, 2020 to April 26, 2020

2020 Public Safety Summit: Leading into the Emerging Future

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.

This Summit builds on and extends research from across Harvard University, featuring fresh case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops designed to create transformational solutions in public safety.


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


Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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