Police Command During a Crisis: Lessons from the Lindt Cafe Siege (Sydney, Australia, 2014)


Thursday, March 29, 2018, 1:15pm to 2:30pm


124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 100 North, Room 106

Dr. Simon O’Rourke, Inspector with the Western Australia Police and a Program on Crisis Leadership Fellow, will discuss the challenges police commanders and other senior public safety officials face when leading responses to violent attacks in urban environments. To illustrate the difficulties of making critical decisions amidst great uncertainty and under enormous pressure, Dr. O’Rourke will provide an overview of the 2014 Lindt Café Siege in Sydney, Australia and the subsequent Coronial Inquest. The presentation will be interactive in nature and there is no pre-reading required.

Sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers) and the Crisis Management PIC at Harvard Kennedy School.