Crisis Leadership: Together


July 15, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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The basic mission for which police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.  Publicly funded policing efforts are now complemented more than ever by private security companies like GardaWorld and others and this in turn demands less parochial thinking and more collaborative partnerships.  Public policing simply cannot prevent crime and disorder in all the places that matter most without meaningful partnerships with private security organizations.  Demands for private security have risen to meet 21st century safety expectations in the workplace, shopping centers, churches, schools and sporting venues.  New behavioral expectations, whether dictated by law or policy, require training and education. They also demand costly physical alterations to our workplaces and large gathering environments. 

Discussion Topics:

  • Collaboration in the face of emerging threats such as COVID-19
  • Protests & Civil Disturbances
  • Evidence-based policing and prosecutions.  
  • Body temperature screening and face mask fidelity are defaulting to police and physical security personnel to administer and enforce. 
  • The future of security and law enforcement working together


Kevin Davis – Director, Consulting Services, GardaWorld

Prior to joining GardaWorld, Kevin led the Baltimore Police Department as its 39th Police Commissioner from 2015 – 2018 following the historic riots and during the Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation. He has substantial crisis leadership experience in a national spotlight while leading reform initiatives in use of force, training and technology that received international attention and accolades. He is a collaborative leader and consensus builder amongst diverse community groups, faith communities, elected officials, law enforcement peers and business partners.

Prior to leading the nation’s 8th largest police department in Baltimore, Commissioner Davis served as Police Chief for the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department and retired as the Assistant Police Chief for the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and FBI National Executive Institute. Commissioner Davis served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Vice-Chair of the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission, First Vice President of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and member of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board.

Recognized by the Maryland Daily Record as an Influential Marylander, Commissioner Davis earned a master’s degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University. He has been recognized by the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association with its Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service and is one of 16 alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School to ever receive its Distinguished Alumnus Award. A fourth-generation public safety servant, Commissioner Davis was born and raised in College Park, home to Maryland’s flagship University. He was awarded the Key to the City of College Park in 2009.

Kevin is an adjunct professor at American University and lecturer at The Catholic University of America, both in Washington, D.C.


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