The Evolution of Protests in the 21st Century and Effective Strategies for Managing Them
This conference workshop presentation features executives from a law enforcement agency that has managed 100+ protests over the last few years sharing the strategies they've implemented that have been most effective in handling protests, lessons that have been learned, and adjustments that have been made operationally. Several changes in the dynamics of protests and demonstrations have emerged in recent years. Many law enforcement agencies have experienced these shifts firsthand, and they must not only ensure protesters are able to exercise their First Amendment rights but also facilitate demonstrations, protect the public against threats of violence, and preserve officer safety and wellness.
Director of Communications & Media Relations, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department
Jeremy Warnick is the Director of Communications and Media Relations at the Cambridge Police Department, where he facilitates information between the police department, the media, and the people who live, work, visit and study in Cambridge via the department's website, social media channels, e-mail platforms and marketing programs. He has more than 15 years of communications experience with city governments and major corporate brands, including ESPN and LoJack Corporation.
Branville Bard, PhD
Commissioner, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department
Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr. became the City of Cambridge Police Departments fourth Police Commissioner in August of 2017. Prior to this, Bard served as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department. He began his law enforcement career as a member of the Philadelphia Police Department where he proudly served for nearly 22 years before retiring at the rank of Inspector. Bard has earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University, he holds two masters degrees and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Commissioner Bard is a reform-minded pracademic, heavily influenced by social and procedural justice movements; he is a subject matter expert on racial profiling and frequently lectures on the topic. He is an accomplished professor teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been the recipient of many departmental and community service-related awards and citations. He is married with three children.
Superintendent, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department
Superintendent Jack Albert oversees the Operations Division for the Cambridge Police Department, which encompasses all Patrol Officers and patrol personnel, as well as the Traffic Enforcement Unit and Tactical Operations. Aside from Commissioner Bard, he also serves as the lead sworn spokesperson for the department. Raised in Cambridge, Superintendent Albert has been with the Cambridge Police Department for more than 30 years. Prior to being promoted to Superintendent, Albert served as a Deputy Superintendent, and spent time in the Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Operations.
Deputy Superintendent, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department
Deputy Superintendent Rick Riley has served with the Cambridge Police Department for 28 years. As a Patrol Officer he was assigned to day and night Patrol Operations. As a Sergeant he supervised the Crime Analysis and Technical Services Units. Upon promotion to Lieutenant, he became the Commanding Officer for the Training and Certification Unit, coordinating recruit officer training and developing the annual in-service training for veteran officers. He also served as the Commanding Officer for the Traffic and Dignitary Protection Unit. In this role he managed proactive traffic enforcement operations, fatal crash investigations and dignitary protection operations working with federal and state partners. He also serves as a member of the city's Vision Zero Steering Committee, working to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. In his current assignment he oversees all day uniformed Patrol Operations including Traffic and Dignitary protection. Deputy Superintendent Riley holds a BS in Human Resource Management from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MS in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.