PROTECT. SERVE. RESPECT.
Transforming communities by improving police and citizen interaction
Transforming communities by improving police and citizen interaction
Our goal is to stimulate attitudinal and behavioral change among police officers and the community, by bridging the gap between academically sound scholarship, public policy, and practice, through collaborative research, training, and engagement.
We promote and cultivate interdisciplinary research and discourse on a range of issues and make that accessible to policy makers, practitioners, and the community members, including the following:
“To Protect and Serve” is the mantra of policing in America. Each day, most officers serve with honor and integrity while safeguarding the lives of our citizens. Often in harm’s way, these brave men and women render countless acts of service to the community that often go unnoticed.
Yet, with every negative encounter, the divide between police and communities of color appears to deepen. The use of deadly force, and the acquittal of police officers in these incidents only exacerbates the situation.
As officer’s reported fears of some minorities grow, so does the anger and disdain that members of this community have toward the police.
At RENZ Consulting, LLC, we address these issues head on, through assessment, training and workshops supported by empirically-sound, evidence-based research, in order to bridge the gap between police and the communities they serve.
Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D., founder and president of RENZ Consulting, LLC, is a leading authority in policing best-practices, with more than 30 years of combined experience in both law enforcement and higher education. Dr. Boyd’s service as a former deputy sheriff in Boston for over 13 years has informed his twenty-year career in higher education, where his teaching and research has focused on urban policing and diversity issues in criminal justice.
His unique professional experience, combined with an affable and engaging communication style, enables Dr. Boyd to effectively translate research and theory into practice, making him a sought-after consultant, trainer, executive coach, and speaker for departments and communities across the country. He is the former president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is a life member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Dr. Boyd earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University, A Masters in Applied Sociology from University of Massachusetts Boston and a bachelor’s in Sociology & Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Branville G. Bard, Jr., DPA, became the City of Cambridge Police Department’s fourth Police Commissioner in August of 2017. Prior to this, Bard served as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department. Dr. Bard began his law enforcement career as a member of the Philadelphia Police Department where he proudly served for nearly 22 years before retiring at the rank of Inspector. Commissioner Bard is a reform-minded pracademic, heavily influenced by social and procedural justice movements; he is a subject matter expert on racial profiling and frequently lectures on the topic. He is an accomplished professor teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been the recipient of many departmental and community service-related awards and citations. He is married with three children.
Dr. Bard has earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University, he holds two master’s degrees and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Dr. Bard is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, and successfully completed the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education seminar at Harvard's Kennedy Graduate School of Education. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing (Police Executive Research Forum), and earned a Certificate from the Senior Executive Fellows—Kennedy School of Government—Harvard University
Thomas Bergamine, M.A., is a retired Chief of Police at the Fayetteville (NC) Police Department and retired Branch Chief of the Leadership International Training Directorate in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. Chief Bergamine has conducted international leadership trainings for police executives and supervisors in countries such as; Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; Botswana, El Salvador; and for various South American and African nations. As a Law Enforcement professional with more than 42 years of experience conducting law enforcement operations and training, and as a professional instructor, he possesses the ability to solve problems quickly and independently, assessing the entire situation. He has led teams to successfully accomplish important initiatives that were recognized as highly successful by law enforcement executives.
Chief Bergamine earned a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University, a B.S. Degree in Political Science from Fayetteville State University, and an A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Rockland Community College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 211th Session and the West Point Leadership Training.
Kimberly Conway Dumpson, J.D, CFRE is a multi-dimensional leader with a background in law, non-profit management, higher education leadership, and marketing and communications. She serves as the vice president of marketing and communications for RENZ Consulting, LLC. An attorney for nearly 25 years, Dumpson has combined strategic thinking and creativity to succeed in senior leadership roles at Rhode Island College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as Vice President for College Advancement and External Relations and Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff respectively.
For the last 15 years, Dumpson’s work has centered on fundraising, public relations, marketing, government relations, department branding, corporate and foundation relations, and community outreach. Dumpson is skilled at fostering lasting relationships with the various constituents, forming alliances and executing major strategic initiatives. Attorney Dumpson earned her law degree from Ohio Northern University and her bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Towson State University.
Ron P. Corbett, Jr., Ed.D. served as Acting Commissioner of Probation in Massachusetts from 2010-2013. Prior service included the positions of Executive Director of the Supreme Judicial Court (2000-2010), Deputy Commissioner of Probation (1993-2000), and various positions since 1974 in the Massachusetts Probation Service, beginning with Probation Officer. Dr. Corbett is Past President of the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) and worked from 2017-2017 as Project Coordinator for the Robina Institute of the University of Minnesota Law School. He currently is Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Dr. Corbett has been the recipient of the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Judges Association, the Manson-Robinson Award from the New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Walter Dunbar Award from the American Probation and Parole Association.
Dr. Corbett is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B.), Northeastern University (M.S.) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Ed.D.). He has published widely, including in Federal Probation, Justice Quarterly, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and in the University of Minnesota Law Review.
Mike Lawlor, J.D. is a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice reform which was a major focus of his 24 years as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and as former Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning in the Office of Policy and Management. Elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1986 he chaired the House Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2011.
He was a founding board member of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and he’s served on numerous national criminal justice reform commissions. He also led the push for legislation that made Connecticut the second state in the nation to pass a law allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. Prof. Lawlor, who has been a faculty member at the University of New Haven since 1995.
Prof. Lawlor received his J.D. from George Washington University, his M.A. in Soviet area studies from the University of London, and his B.A. in Slavic and Eastern European studies from the University of Connecticut. He also previously earned a Fulbright-Hays scholarship that enabled him to study in Hungary.
Heather L. Pfeifer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore and is the Director of its Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program. Over the past twenty years, she has been involved in numerous federal and state funded research projects involving juvenile delinquency, victim service programs, and substance abuse. In 2003, Dr. Pfeifer helped to create the Roper Victim Assistance of Academy of Maryland (RVAAM) which has evolved into one of the largest state-based victim assistance academies in the U.S., and has received both state and national awards. She currently facilitates trauma-informed trainings with criminal justice professionals on improving their communication skills to more effectively respond to and assist victims of crime. One of these trainings, the Illuminations Program, has been nationally recognized by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. She also facilitates trainings with practitioners on how to manage stress-related responses attributed to vicarious trauma to reduce the risk of burnout.
Dr. Pfeifer earned in her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Award from the University of Baltimore, which is given to the individual who reflects the faculty’s highest standards, and who has made significant contributions to the University and its educational mission. And is currently serving as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the largest professional organization that promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.
Mark Porter, M.S. has over 30 years of law enforcement and campus public safety leadership. In 2005, he was appointed chief of police at Brown University, leading a staff of over 90 employees. Porter started his law enforcement career in 1984 after graduating from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy and serving 12 years with the Northeastern University Police Department. In 1996, he joined the University of Massachusetts System, serving 10 years as chief of police. Porter has served as an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and has assisted agencies with organizational and operation reviews.
Chief Porter earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in criminal justice administration from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program.
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