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Cape Cod: Making it the Best Place for All of Us

A Cape-wide Forum on Community Policing
Featuring Dr. George Kelling, architect of the “Broken Windows” policing theory
Saturday, October 28, 2017  8:30am–2:00pm (lunch included)
Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College

In the first of its kind on Cape Cod, the public is invited to hear noted expert in the field of community policing, Dr. George Kelling, and come together to discuss how to “make Cape Cod, the best place for all of us.” This exceptional forum is the result of a cooperative effort between law enforcement, the faith community, and human rights advocates, to address current issues related to community-police relations.

This forum will enable police and citizens from all 15 Cape Cod towns to discuss and draw upon the expertise of Dr. George Kelling, considered the “father” of what has become known as “community policing” that evolved from his “broken windows” theory of social order and public safety.

Planning committee members include local police officers, Martin Luther King (MLK) Action Team members, and members of the Criminal Justice Department at Cape Cod Community College.  Co-chaired by Rev. Wesley Williams (MLK Action Team) and John Szucs (Assoc. Prof. of Criminal Justice).

The forum will include:

  • Plenary address by Dr. George Kelling (co-author with Catherine Coles of Fixing Broken Windows, 1998)
  • Panel Moderator – John Dickson, Teacher, AP Government, Monomoy High School
  • Panel response and discussion with local specialists in the areas of homelessness, mental health, opioid addiction, youth matters, and community-police relations.
  • Smaller group discussions on the subject matter listed above, discussions co-facilitated by the MLK Action Team, panel members, and police.
  • Strengthening strategies moving forward
  • Additional attention to hearing the voices of youth and those who are under-represented.

The Event is Free – but you must register, as noted below, to set headcount for lunch, and to set numbers for each of the small group sessions.

To register please e-mail:

Or write to:

Nauset Interfaith Association
PO Box 306
South Orleans, MA 02662

In your email, or letter, please include your name, address, e-mail, telephone number and your choice of small group session:

  1. Homelessness
  2. Mental health
  3. Opioid addiction
  4. Youth matters
  5. Community-police relations

For questions regarding registration, please call Rev. Ken Campbell: 413.478.5719

Media – For More Information Contact:

Primary contact:  Rev. Wesley Williams, 617.388.3770,
Secondary contact:  Associate Professor John Szucs, 508.737.6898,

Additional Information on Dr. Kelling:

George KellingGeorge L. Kelling is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, and a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Kelling has practiced social work as a child-care worker and as a probation officer and has administered residential-care programs for aggressive and disturbed youth. In 1972, he began work at the Police Foundation and conducted several large-scale experiments in policing—notably, the Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment and the Newark Foot Patrol Experiment. The latter was the source of his contribution, with James Q. Wilson, to his most familiar essay in The Atlantic, “Broken Windows.” During the late 1980s, Kelling developed the order-maintenance policies in the New York City subway that ultimately led to radical crime reductions. Later, he consulted with the New York City Police Department in dealing with, among others, “squeegee men.”

Kelling is coauthor, with his wife, Catherine M. Coles, of Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities (1998). He holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, an M.S.W. from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.