PITTSFIELD -- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College -- also known as OLLI at BCC -- has announced that Edward F. Davis III, the 40th commissioner of the Boston Police Department, will present the sixth annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture later this month.
His talk, titled Urban Terrorism and the Boston Marathon Bombings, is at 6 p.m., Friday, May 30, at The Colonial Theatre on South Street in Pittsfield. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Davis will present issues of relevance to policing in today's world and speak about the critical importance of planning and innovation in police work.
Davis gained national attention in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings as he successfully oversaw one of the largest manhunts in Boston history. He 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. Internationally, he has worked in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel.
Davis is committed to the educational aspect of policing and staying up to date on an ever-changing criminal justice system. The commitment is highlighted by his frequent visits to UMass Lowell to speak on panels, serve as a guest lecturer and provide advice to their administrators, faculty, staff and students. He has participated in many programs at Harvard University and was the recipient of the prestigious John B. Pickett Fellowship in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. He attended the Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Government Executives as well as the Senior Management Institute for Police, sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.
The Mona Sherman Lecture honors Mona Sherman, an active and influential force in the growth of OLLI and its predecessor organization the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning. Call OLLI at BCC, (413) 236-2190, for further information.