St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington to Give Opening Convocation Address

John Harrington, the chief of the St. Paul Police Department, will give the opening convocation address at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 13, at Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton. The title of his address is “Acting with Audacity.” The event is free and open to the public.

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John Harrington, the chief of the St. Paul Police Department, will give the opening convocation address at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 13, at Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. The title of his address is “Acting with Audacity.” The event is free and open to the public.

Harrington was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1956. He was strongly influenced toward public service by his mother, a Cook County, Ill., social worker and his father who served as a Cook County Deputy Sheriff. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a student of Carleton President Robert A. Oden Jr., with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and Far Eastern religions. After 27 years as a Saint Paul police officer and working his way up through the ranks, he was named the Saint Paul Police Department’s 39th Chief of Police in June 2004. As interested in religion and philosophy as he is in criminals and arrests, Harrington wants to form a department filled with Renaissance cops who battle crime, speak multiple languages, and are as comfortable discussing modern art in Summit Avenue mansions as graffiti on the city’s underpasses.

Harrington’s law enforcement career began when he was hired as a Saint Paul Police Officer on July 11, 1977. During his tenure, he was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, commander and senior commander. Over his career, he fulfilled assignments as patrol officer, patrol supervisor, investigator and personnel and training unit director. Before being named chief by Mayor Randy Kelly, he functioned as the team commander of Western District, the city’s largest patrol district.

In addition to the varied experiences of his law enforcement career, Harrington has held training and teaching posts at a variety of Minnesota colleges and universities. He served as lecturer/trainer on over 20 law enforcement topics. He served as adjunct faculty at three Twin Cities universities where he taught popular classes in community policing and gang prevention/intervention. Harrington facilitated the development of the School of Law Enforcement at Saint Paul’s Metropolitan State University, which under his direction created the first four-year law enforcement degree that includes all course work required for licensing by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Harrington holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.A. degree from the University of Saint Thomas. He has participated in doctoral level study at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. Harrington is a graduate of the 201st Session of the FBI National Academy. He currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparation Board and is president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). He is also on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations, Girl Scout Council of Saint Croix Valley and Neighborhood House on Saint Paul’s west side.