Edward Davis has decades of law enforcement, site and technology assessments and securing perimeter experience including his leadership roles as the Police Commissioner for the City of Boston and the Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department. He was responsible for the perimeter and physical security for six (6) world championship celebrations, the Occupy Boston Movement, and led the highly successful response to the Boston Marathon bombing. He has extensive experience managing budgets for large entities that includes balancing levels of sworn and civilian staffing required to protect people and the city, overall capital planning, growth in technology, and facilities management and maintenance. He understands the need for identifying and prioritizing safety and security in a way that makes budgetary sense. Each of these areas is a critical component to the overall perimeter, technology and physical security of a department, entity or organization.
As the founder and CEO of Edward Davis LLC, Davis is recognized as a leader in security and law enforcement, and their intersection with innovative technology. Davis has worked with the following government entities: New York Police Department as a Monitor team member and advisor on new or amended policies and procedures, training, supervision, auditing and performance measurement to ensure remedial measures directed by the Federal District Court are met; City of Ferguson Missouri, a member of the Federal Monitor team that advises police in the development and implementation of the Neighborhood Policing Plan; assists in the development of a community engagement plan; advises the police about strategies, training and policy on community relations and unbiased policing; served as Strategic Site Liaison (SLS) to the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Violence Reduction Network (VRN); to assist the Chicago Police Department with policy and training development and implementation; acted as facilitator and mediator with the Chicago Police Department, and other organizations.
In addition to government entities he represents Fortune 500 companies and corporations including: AT&T, a critical infrastructure company, National Grid, Uber, Deloitte, Draft Kings, St. Louis Cardinals and the Red Sox, as well as venture-backed technology companies. He specializes in public/private collaborations. He is a recognized expert in crisis management and community policing.
In February 2017, Davis testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security on the “Future of Counter Terrorism.” In February 2016, Davis testified before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ hearing titled “Frontline Response to Terrorism in America.” In 2015, he testified as an expert witness on police policies and practices in a 25-year-old Rhode Island homicide case, resulting in the release of the prisoner. Davis has been an expert for both plaintiffs and defendants on premises security for large-scale entertainment venues. Davis is a founding member of the Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Center for Resiliency. In May 2017, Davis will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow to the Singapore Home Team Academy of the Ministry of Home Affairs, where he will present on Crisis Management following the Boston Marathon Bombing.
He is a current Security Consultant to FOX News and CBS Boston station WBZ. He has appeared on Meet the Press, and 60 minutes. Davis frequently conducts speaking appearances locally and nationally at various universities, law enforcement agencies, banking institutions, policy advisory and development organizations, technology companies, corporations, emergency management, on topics including but not limited to: Thought Leadership, Policing in America, Collaboration and Communication, and Lessons Learned “Boston Marathon Bombing”. He is a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has lectured extensively at Harvard and MIT on the pertinent issues of Cyber Security and Terrorism. He serves on the advisory board of Forcepoint Cyber and is an advisor to several venture-backed startups including Cybric, and Shooter Detection Systems. He is on the Board of Directors for Mark 43, and NetBio. Davis played a critical role in “Patriots Day” a film Directed by Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg.
Davis has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally, including through the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Northeastern and Suffolk Universities and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors. Past and current Board and Advisory appointments include: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Major Cities Chiefs (MCC), LoJack, Sensity, Mark 43, Cybric, Inc., Forcepoint Cyber, Brainwave Science, Handy Technologies, Sarcos, Cybereason, Mutualink, NetBio and American Gaming Association.