Commissioner Robert C. Haas (Ret.)

Commissioner Robert C. Haas served as the chief executive of the Cambridge Police Department from April, 2007 to May, 2016. Prior to this, he was the Massachusetts state Executive of Public Safety from 2006-2007, and served as the state Undersecretary of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security from 2003-2006. He was Chief of the Westwood (MA) Police Department from March 1991 to February 2003, and served in various positions in the Morris Township Police Department from 1976 until 1991.

Commissioner Haas launched a wide range of community policing initiatives, including outreach to the city’s youth, homeless and those who serve the mentally ill. The Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative tracks potential youth offenders and provides them with deterrent and diversionary services to avoid risky behaviors. The SMART Policing Initiative has joined three urban departments together to focus on high-risk offenders and devise methods to avoid future victimization.

He received a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from William Paterson College of New Jersey. He has completed course work for a PhD in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University. He has served on many boards and commissions, and is currently a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Multi-disciplinary Threat Assessment and Intervention Working Group.