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Former Boston Police Department Commissioner to speak at NSU – Feb. 15

Ed Davis, a former police commissioner of the Boston Police Department, will speak at Northeastern State University on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Webb Building Auditorium on the Tahlequah campus as part of the Larry Adair Lectureship Series. The lecture will focus on “Law Enforcement in Our Communities: Challenges, Opportunities and Predictions.”

During the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, Davis was at the forefront of the emergency response and the subsequent arrests. John Goodman depicts Davis in “Patriots Day,” a recently released feature film about the bombing and the following days.

Davis is currently the president and CEO of the business strategy and security agency, Edward Davis LLC. He has built a reputation on his diverse experience in interagency collaboration and law enforcement, cyber security, anti-terrorism and crisis management.

"Police are on our domestic front lines every day, facing increasingly dangerous challenges in this era of technology, information, and terrorism. Few people have had the first-hand experience of Commissioner Davis with these new types of threats as part of a recent national tragedy," said NSU Foundation Executive Director Peggy Glenn.

Glenn said Davis has been on NSU’s list of possible speakers for the series for several years.

"Right after the Boston Marathon bombing, NSU President Steve Turner and I were considering various speakers for that year's Larry Adair Lectureship," Glenn said. "He mentioned Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis as someone to consider in future years. This past summer, we got the unique opportunity to secure Commissioner Davis for the lectureship through Greater Talent Network in New York, with which we've worked on prior lectureship speakers, including Jon Avlon, author, political commentator, and editor of The Daily Beast, and Richard Preston, author of the bestseller about the Ebola virus, ‘The Hot Zone’.”

The Larry Adair Lectureship Series is an annual forum that addresses issues in politics, government and public policy. Friends and family of the former Oklahoma Speaker of the House established the series in 2004 with the goal of raising student interest in public affairs and inspiring the NSU community to become more engaged citizens.

This lecture is free and open to the public. At 3:30 p.m. following the lecture, law enforcement officers, including reserve officers, are invited to a mix-and-mingle Law Enforcement Coffee Break in Webb Tower.
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Published: 1/13/2017 11:51:00 AM

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