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Community Policing

Boston, MA and Los Angeles, CA, September 11-21, 2007

The Irish Institute at Boston College is pleased to have hosted the 2007 Community Policing Program, which took place in Boston, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California, September 11-21, 2007.  Bringing together thirteen particpants representing the PSNI and An Garda Síochána, this ten-day program focused on  the efforts of police departments in the United States to build strong community policing partnerships among an ethnically, racially, and economically diverse population. 

Featuring academic seminars and meetings with members of the Boston Police  Department and Massachusetts Office of Public Safety, the Community Policing program provided the participants with an opportunity in Boston to meet with Professor James O'Toole of the  History Deparment at Boston College; Professor Jack McDevitt, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research at Northeastern University; Superintendent Paul Joyce of the Boston Police Department; Superintendent in Chief Robert Dunford of the Boston Police Department; Tim Quinn, Chief of Staff for the Center for Problem Oriented Policing; Professor Christopher Stone from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Brian Carney, CEO of WIN Interactive, Inc; Mary Jo Harris, Associate, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP;  and various staff members of the Masschusetts Office of Public Safety.

In Los Angeles, the group continued their study of community policing by visiting the COMPSTAT unit of the Los Angeles Police Department; the LAPD Davis Training Facility; and the Real Time Analysis and Critical Response Division. The particpants also attended the Law Enforcement and Private Security Conference.