Police Chief of the Watertown Police Department
Ed Deveau is the former Police Chief of the Watertown Police Department who, on April 19, 2013, lead state police, federal agencies, and surrounding communities’ officers in the 20-hour search for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His heroic leadership and the team he led following the suspenseful shoot-out are a model for our nation. As a dynamic keynote speaker, Deveau’s story has been heard across the country and he is now serving as a consultant on the highly anticipated film, Patriots Day, being depicted by David De Beck. Read More >
Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing
Ed Deveau and MIT Officer Collier Witness
When faced with a terrorist attack that put the lives of his officers and Watertown residents on the line, Ed Deveau took leadership during a civil crisis to successfully carry out a mission he was never trained for. Despite his essential role in the manhunt, Deveau insists the capture was a team effort, saying “all law enforcement worked together in just an incredible way… There was no one that had any bigger voice than the person sitting beside him.” Even though none of the responding officers were killed, he admits there were flaws to his approach and has since extensively investigated the actions taken during the emergency to improve law enforcement response in the future. From this, he has learned how to better organize and lead teams to be as effective as possible in any situation. Deveau continues to support his community and victims of the tragedy.
With firsthand experience and compelling detail, Ed Deveau captures audiences with his amazing story that finds hope and resilience in one of the nation's greatest tragedies. Inspiring strength and uplifting listeners, Deveau speaks on the importance of community and the valuable lessons he learned while the world was watching.