Category: William B. Evans
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who previously was awarded the Metropolitan College Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for his work as an instructor in MET’s Criminal Justice program, delivered an address on the dangers of college drinking and the challenges it poses to law enforcement during a Boston Town & Gown Association meeting in early March.
See photos of the event at BU Today.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who teaches as part of MET’s Criminal Justice program, was recognized with an honorable mention in the Boston Globe’s latest round of Bostonians of the Year for his standout work overseeing one of the nation’s most stable police departments.
The commissioner is no stranger to awards, having previously won MET’s Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and earned the accolades because, according to the Globe, “With Evans at the helm, Boston has mostly avoided the poisoned atmosphere where police shootings and brutality have opened festering divides, especially in minority neighborhoods.”
For more on Commissioner Evans, including the way his upbringing shaped his views on law enforcement, visit the Boston Globe.
Commissioner William B. Evans—who was recently appointed in that role, as well as awarded MET’s Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching—will teach Policing in a Democratic Society (MET CJ 750) over 2014 Summer Term 2 starting June 30. Evans spoke to MET Magazine for an upcoming article about the inherent issues that he raises in this criminal justice course:
…issues such as secure communities and stop-and-frisk. Stop-and-frisk, for us, is an effective tool if we use it correctly. You know, we obviously have to have reasonable suspicion to do it, but looking at it from the democratic perspective, people don’t like being stopped and frisked. Or, secure communities: should we even be involved in any type of immigration enforcement? Those are topics that we have discussed, and they’re very controversial—both of them—and it’s interesting to have that give-and-take in the classroom. I believe stop-and-frisk shouldn’t be overused, but there are some times that we might have to do it. And so, in a democratic society there are a lot of controversial topics that the police are involved with, like the right to own guns. In a democratic society, we have certain rights and sometimes people feel the police infringe on those rights. It makes for some interesting dialogue.
The course description further explains the delicate issues and gray areas involved: police agencies play a critical role in a democratic society. While seeking to maintain order, enforce the law and deliver services effectively, police agencies are held accountable to a wide-variety of values by a number of powerful stakeholders. Police leaders, managers, and other personnel must understand the complexities of their role in society as well as the political and legal constraints placed on them. By applying theory, policy, and evaluation literature to the cutting-edge practices in the field, this course provides students with an advanced understanding in the field of police leadership, management, strategy, and accountability within a democratic society.