Edward A. Flynn
Senior Advisor


Chief Flynn in an expert in police theory and practice. He is a Strategic Site Liaison for BJA's Public Safety Partnership, was co-author of their Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide and is a Subject Matter Expert for COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative. He retired from law enforcement as Milwaukee police chief. The MPD received IACP's Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. Previously he served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security after having led the Arlington County Police in the recovery efforts at the Pentagon on 9/11. He also led police departments in Springfield, Chelsea and Braintree, Massachusetts. His early career was in the Jersey City Police Department. He was inducted into George Mason University's Evidence Based Policing Hall of Fame, received the Robert Peel Award from Cambridge University, and leadership awards from PERF, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the FBI National Executive Institute. He was a member of Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Session on Policing and co-authored two of its reports. He has a degree in History from LaSalle University and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay. He completed Ph.D. course work at CUNY.

Justice and Policing

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