Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to Speak at Anna Maria College Symposium

Program to discuss "The Boston Marathon Attack: A Study in Partnerships"

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Released: 26-Sep-2013 3:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Anna Maria College

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    Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis

Newswise — Paxton, MA (September 26, 2013) Anna Maria College announces that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, a 1990 graduate of the College’s Criminal Justice Program, will participate in its Fall Symposium: The Boston Marathon Attack: A Study in Partnerships scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the AMC Paxton Campus.

Commissioner Davis will be joined by other law enforcement professionals including Major Dermot Quinn, MSP Fusion Center, Donald Kennedy, Director of the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN) and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. AMC associate professor Patricia W. Gavin and assistant professor Ann Marie Mires, Ph.D., will also be participating in the Symposium which is being held to continue the important dialogue concerning information sharing and using partnerships as learned from the April 15th attack on the Boston Marathon.

“We are extremely honored that Commissioner Davis has agreed to return to his alma mater for this very important and timely event,” states Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., President of Anna Maria College. “As an institution nationally recognized for its criminal justice program, the College is the perfect venue to bring law enforcement professionals together to continue the dialogue on information sharing and building partnerships. We share the community’s concern for the Boston Marathon tragedy and applaud the efforts of so many who helped the victims and aided the investigation,” he continues. “Now we will have a chance to learn from this event. That’s what we should do at AMC.”

“Clearly information sharing and communication among local, state and federal agencies was the driving force in our ability to solve this case in a matter of days,” comments Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis. “Working together we continue to demonstrate the power of partnerships.”

The Symposium has limited seating available. To reserve space, please contact


Commissioner DavisEdward F. Davis is the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston. He was sworn in by Mayor Thomas Menino on December 4, 2006. Prior to becoming Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, Ed Davis served as the Superintendent of Police in Lowell, Massachusetts for 12 years. He began his career as a patrol officer in Lowell in 1978 and rose through the ranks before becoming Superintendent in 1994. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Leadership Award (2002) from the Police Executive Research Forum.

Commissioner Davis was also the recipient of the prestigious NIJ Pickett Fellowship and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Government Executives at Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from New Hampshire College and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

Commissioner Davis has served on the PERF board of directors and was a founding member and first President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association.

Joseph D. Early, Jr.After working for the Hampden District Attorney’s office and for the Massachusetts Attorney General, Joseph D. Early, Jr. hung out his shingle and practiced law for 17 years, specializing in civil and criminal litigation. His varied experience struck a chord with voters and he was swept into office with 78 percent of the vote on November 7, 2006.

Mr. Early works with the law enforcement agencies in 60 communities that make up the Middle District. He oversees a law office of more than 80 prosecutors, the operation of 11 District Courts, Superior Court, Juvenile Court, three six-member jury sessions, the grand jury and an appeals division.

Mr. Early grew up in Worcester, the oldest of eight children born to former U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Early and Marilyn (Powers) Early. He graduated from Holy Name High School, Williston-Northampton Academy, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Georgetown University Law Center.

Before starting his private law practice, Mr. Early served as an Assistant District Attorney in Hampden County from 1985 to 1988. He then spent two years in the trial division of the state Attorney General’s Office. From 1990 until January of 2007, Mr. Early ran his own law office. During this time he also represented the commonwealth as a special assistant attorney general.

Patricia W. GavinPatricia W Gavin is an Associate Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Programs at Anna Maria College. Having co-authored Scared Straight! And the Panacea Phenomenon Revisited, her special topic of interest is juveniles and policy. Professor Gavin’s professional experience working with young victims, high risk and emotionally disturbed youth defines her research agenda.

Professor Gavin has served on various committees and task forces including those examining education, juvenile programming, Massachusetts CHINS cases and truancy diversion programs/issues. Her current project examines the impact of public policy initiatives on criminal justice education.

Professor Gavin is a graduate of the University of California and received her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University.

Donald KennedyDonald Kennedy is the Executive Director of the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), one of the six Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) centers, which are funded through the Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the RISS National Directors Association. Prior to being named Executive Director of NESPIN in 2006, he served as NESPIN’s Deputy Director of Field Services.

Mr. Kennedy is a retired Captain from the Rhode Island State Police, having served in all bureaus and divisions within the state police. He served on the department for twenty-four years prior to his retirement in 1998. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Global Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council which provides guidance and advice in connection with the implementation and refinement of the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan. The CICC is a component of DOJ’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative. He also serves as the chairman of the Global Intelligence Working Group’s Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee.

Mr. Kennedy is an associate member of the IACP and the Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association of Connecticut (NEOA). He is also an associate member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chief’s Associations, serves on the New England Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (NENEOA) Board of Directors, and sits on the advisory board for the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies, Justice Systems Training and Research Institute.

Mr. Kennedy has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies from Roger Williams University. He is also a 1982 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Ann Marie Mires, Ph.D.Ann Marie Mires, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Anna Maria College where she teaches coursework in criminal justice, forensic anthropology, and victimology. Concurrently, Dr. Mires is the Director of Forensic Archaeology Recovery, a non-profit devoted to applying archaeological recovery techniques to unfound missing person cases.

A Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Mires was responsible for establishing Forensic Anthropology in Massachusetts as a specialty to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). During her tenure at the OCME, 1996-2009, Dr. Mires worked on overseeing identification and providing the specialty of Forensic Anthropology consultation on cases. She has also served as a consultant to the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly (2005-2008).

Dr. Mires is interested in consulting with agencies on systematic search and recovery methodologies and in continuing to move these unresolved cases forward for the families of the endangered persons and for law enforcement investigations.

Dr. Mires is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received her Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts: Amherst.

Dermot QuinnDermot Quinn is a Major in the Massachusetts State Police currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Information Section and the Commonwealth Fusion Center. Throughout his 29 year career, he has served in assignments in Field Services and Administrative Services, and for the past 18 years in the Division of Investigative Services.

As a Deputy Division Commander, Major Quinn has focused much effort on increasing the sharing of criminal information among law enforcement agencies not only in Massachusetts but across the New England region through the implementation of several regional crime databases and by partnering with the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and the New England State Police Information Network. Major Quinn also oversees the anti-terrorism efforts of the Massachusetts State Police, which among other criminal investigating duties, maintains a strong presence on the Massachusetts JTTF.

Major Quinn attended the University of Massachusetts: Lowell where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Mathematics (Computer Option).


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