The 2017 Public Safety Summit:

The Dynamics of Culture and Capacity

When & Where

April 21-23, 2017

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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About the Summit

Amidst a turbulent environment, innovative public safety leaders are moving forward to achieve dramatic new levels of capacity and public value. Right now, for example, visionary chiefs of police are redesigning use-of-force policy and training to improve crime response and build community trust. Leading-edge public safety organizations are using social networks, data and analytics to understand crime patterns and respond proactively to community needs. And inventive policing leaders are collaborating across agencies, jurisdictions, and sectors to co-create solutions to community challenges.

Yet for even the savviest leaders, often the most challenging roadblock on their transformation journey is organizational resistance to change.

How do leaders in public safety address this challenge? Skillful leaders realize that driving innovation and change requires not only redesigning organizational structures, systems, processes, and human capital, but also harmonizing organizational culture with new ways of working, collaborating, and producing public value. In this endeavor, critical questions arise such as:

To help public safety leaders work through these challenging questions, Leadership for a Networked World and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard are convening The 2017 Public Safety Summit: The Dynamics of Culture and Capacity to be held April 21 – 23 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Executive Leadership Group

Art Acevedo
Chief of Police
Houston Police Department
Janeé Harteau
Chief of Police
Minneapolis Police Department
Chris Magnus
Chief of Police
Tuscon Police Department
Tom Manger
President; Chief of Police
Major Cities Chiefs Association; Montgomery County Department of Police
Jim McDonnell
Los Angeles County
Kathleen O'Toole
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department
Dermot Shea
Deputy Commissioner, Operations
New York City Police Department
Hank Stawinski
Chief of Police
Prince George's County Police Department
Scott Thomson
Chief of Police
Camden County Police Department
Chuck Wexler
Executive Director
Police Executive Research Forum

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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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