Chief of Police (former Seattle PD and Boston PD)
Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
Dr. Kathleen O’Toole is a partner at 21CP Solutions, a firm that advances reform and innovation in US policing. She is also president and founder of O’Toole Associates LLC, an international consulting firm that provides services to a diverse array of government and industry clients.
Kathleen has held several executive positions in the public and private sectors and is widely recognized for her principled leadership and successful reform efforts in North America and Europe. As a law school student, she accepted a position as patrol officer with the Boston Police Department and rose through the ranks. She served as Chief of the Metropolitan District Commission Police in Boston, Lieutenant Colonel overseeing Special Operations in the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety, Boston Police Commissioner and Seattle Chief of Police. She also served in an oversight role as Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána, the Irish national police service. She was a member of the Independent Commission on Policing during the Northern Ireland Peace Process and chaired the Commission on the Future of Policing in the Republic of Ireland. Kathleen has served on several other review and reform panels.
Kathleen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College, a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law and was admitted to the bar as a practicing attorney. She also earned a PhD at the Business School of Trinity College Dublin.
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