The 2020 Public Safety Summit
Leading into the Emerging Future
When & Where
April 24-26, 2020
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

About the Summit


The future of policing is emerging all around us. Rapidly shifting public demands, powerful social and digital technologies, and new ways of measuring public value are upending past practices in policing and opening up entirely new models of policing services. Now is the time for public safety leaders to not just respond to change – but lead into the emerging future.

Leading in and creating the future of policing will mean embracing disruption, spearheading the development of new policing models, and building agility into organizational culture. And this will often mean managing two or more different operating models at the same time, designing new performance indicators, and creating new partnerships in the community. Forging a path forward will require dealing with tough questions, such as:

  • What emerging policing models can reduce operational costs and complexity, but also increase agility in policing structures, systems, and people?
  • How can the community, stakeholders, and the rank-and-file be engaged in co-designing new policing models in order to pace change and make transformation sustainable?
  • What type of leadership across the organization is needed to simultaneously build near-term operational capacity, facilitate change, and adapt organizational culture for the long-term?

To help public safety leaders meet these challenges and opportunities, Leadership for a Networked World at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Mark43, are convening The 2020 Public Safety Summit: Leading into the Emerging Future to be held April 24 - 26 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This sixth annual Summit will bring together innovative and progressive public safety and justice leaders along with leading academics and industry experts to learn and share ideas on how police chiefs, sheriffs, commissioners and other officials can lead into the emerging future.

Who Should Attend?

Summit participants are senior-level public safety executives (Chief, Commissioner, Superintendent, Sheriff, etc.) in function, as well as “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice, who seek to improve organizational performance in the near term and redesign public safety for the long term.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior-most officials in public safety. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, and according in part, to space availability. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. Travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses, are the responsibility of individual participants.

Art Acevedo
Chief of Police
Houston Police Department

Layne Barnum
Lt. Colonel
Louisiana State Police

Carmen Best
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department

Jorge Colina
Miami Police Department

Jonathan Lewin
Chicago Police Department Bureau of Technical Services

Peter Newsham
Chief of Police
Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Danielle Outlaw
Chief of Police
Portland Police Bureau

Cornelia Sigworth
Associate Deputy Director at Bureau of Justice Assistance
U.S. Department of Justice

Chuck Wexler
Executive Director
Police Executive Research Forum

Jeri Williams
Police Chief
Phoenix Police Department

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