Behind the Headlines - The Future of Policing

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 7 – 8:30pm


The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is delighted that our chair Kathleen O’Toole and Commission member Dr Antonio Oftelie were speakers at an important seminar, part of the Trinity Long Room Hub “Behind the headlines” series on the future of policing.


With the stakes so high for the success of the Commission’s work, Behind The Headlines - The Future of Policing, takes a step back from the day-to-day challenges and controversies being reported in the media on a daily basis and reflects on the wider context and drivers of reform in policing, including the impact of technological and organisational innovation.



Kathleen O’Toole is a career police officer and lawyer who rose through the ranks of policing in the United States. She has served as Chief of the Seattle Police Department, as Boston Police Commissioner and as the first Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate.  She is Chair of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.


Antonio M. Oftelie is Executive Director, Leadership for a Networked World and Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University. He is an expert on how law, policy and technology can be aligned to create exceptional environments for organizational innovation and adaptation. He is also a member of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.


As Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, Mary Rogan leads a project funded by the European Research Council on the oversight of prisons, and is the Chairperson of the Implementation and Oversight Group on reforms to penal policy which reports to the Minister for Justice and Equality.


Professor O’Halpin is Professor of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include Irish and British 20th century political and administrative history and international relations, with particular reference to intelligence and terrorism in the twentieth century.



A podcast of the full event, including the four presentations and the question and answer session is available here.


There is more information on this seminar, as well as other seminars in the Behind the Headlines series, here.