Suffolk University works on solving the biggest issue in American law enforcement today: growing public distrust of the police. What’s the cause? Why now? Can it be mitigated—or even eliminated?

Suffolk Professor Brenda BondBrenda Bond, professor at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and Chair of its Institute for Public Service, has spent 20 years researching community-police relations and is now working with the Lowell Police Department to examine the relationship between police and community and test models for improvement.


Former Boston Police Comissioner Ed DavisFormer Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis observes that a stronger connection between the police and academic authorities like Suffolk University will “test our principles, will cause us to try new things, and will document principles that actually work.”

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The community policing strategy being undertaken in Lowell is only one of the ways Suffolk is engaging issues of police interaction with our communities.

Suffolk Faculty Win Federal Grant to Assess Gang Violence Reduction Methods
Suffolk professors Brenda Bond and Erika Gebo recently received a grant from the National Institute of Justice to study the efficacy of the Comprehensive Gang Model, a method of reducing gang and youth violence, in the cities of Lowell, Worcester, Fall River, and New Bedford. Read the full story >

Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Strategies to Reduce Gang Violence
This book, edited by professors Brenda Bond and Erika Gebo, looks deeply into the Comprehensive Gang Model and its implementation in cities across the Commonwealth. See the book on Amazon >

Lowell, Massachusetts Smart Policing Initiative: Reducing Property Crime in Targeted Hot Spots
This report, co-authored by Brenda Bond, centers on the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) in Lowell. The report authors teamed up with Lowell police to identify property crime hot spots, explore connections between known drug offenders and property crimes in those spots, and develop comprehensive responses to address the problems. Read the report (PDF) >

Comparing the Implementation of a Best Practice Crime Policy Across Cities
This paper, by professors Bond and Gebo, compares the implementation of a state-promulgated, comprehensive gang violence policy across three cities, addressing differences in application due to unique social ecological contexts. Read the document >
Bond and Gebo, Comparing the Implementation of a Best Practice Crime Policy Across Cities, Administration & Society, 2014, Vol. 46(4) 371–394 SAGE Publications

Policing Crime and Disorder Hot Spots
Brenda Bond conducted research into the so-called “broken windows” theory of law enforcement in Lowell. With her Harvard co-author, she helped identify 34 crime hot spots in the city, which were then secured and improved. The results were published in the journal Criminology in 2008. Read the document >
Braga and Bond, Policing Crime and Disorder Hot Spots: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Criminology, 2008, Vol. 46 No. 3, 577-607, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Institute for Public Service
The Institute for Public Service, part of Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School, is the ideal training ground for future public servants. Led by Director and Department Chair Brenda Bond, the Institute focuses on management, administration, and policy in public leadership. IPS website >