On Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 10 a.m., the former Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, Ed Davis, will present a first-hand account lecture on the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Davis, who was appointed in 2006, has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston from December 2006 until October 2013. He was Boston’s lead police official during the tragic Marathon bombings and testified before Congress about the bombing and the lessons learned. Prior to his job as the Police Commissioner, he was the Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, a position he held for 12 years and one he rose to after starting out as a patrol officer in 1978. In Boston, Commissioner Davis oversaw police services for over 600,000 residents along with those visiting and working in the City of Boston.
Thursday’s lecture will not just focus on the 280 who were injured, 42 of those with life-threatening injuries, or the three individuals who were killed at the scene of the two explosions. Davis will explain how he was at the forefront of the emergency response, the manhunt to find the suspects who committed these crimes and how they were able to apprehend the terrorists within a week.
Commissioner Davis’ broad law enforcement background set the tone for policing in the city, from the walking beat, to managing massive demonstrations and special events, to creating a better and trusting relationship between the police and the community, to innovative technology and social media efforts that have improved public safety and allowed open dialogue with those the police department serves. These changes he made certainly aided him on the days that followed the bombings.
In 2013, he resigned from the Boston Police Department and is now the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a business strategy and security services firm. Davis has brought together a team of security and technology solution experts including former federal, state, local law enforcement, military officials, researchers and attorneys with direct personal connections to esteemed academic institutions, national and international governing and intelligence entities. The Davis team lends their expertise to crisis response, risk management, site assessments, facility security design, audit and compliance, thought leadership and policy, government consulting, cyber/IoT mitigation and management and product strategy.
Commissioner Davis has also worked internationally on police issues in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel. He served on the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Board of Directors and was a founding member and first President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association.
To purchase tickets for Thursday’s event, visit www.fau.edu/llsjupiter.