Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to join human service agency as consultant

Edward F. Davis, the outgoing commissioner of the Boston Police Department, has accepted a consulting position with Community Resources for Justice, a Boston human service and research group.

Davis, who will step down at the end of the month after a seven-year tenure, will help former convicts transition back to their communities through a network of halfway houses, the group announced Tuesday.

He will also work with the group’s Crime and Justice Institute, a research and policy arm that focuses on public policy.

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“The combination of his valuable experience, insight, and his network of fellow professionals will help to advance our mission of improving public safety both locally and nationally,” said Scott Harshbarger, chairman of the group’s board and former Massachusetts attorney general.

Davis, 57, is expected to begin working with the group in early November.

Paul Swindlehurst, a spokesman for Community Resources for Justice, said Davis will work part time conducting research and working directly with incarcerated men and women at the halfway houses.

Davis and John Larivee, the group’s chief executive, have known each other for years and have worked on a number of commissions together, Swindlehurst said.

“He has known us for a long time,” he said.

Davis has also accepted a fellowship at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a Boston Police Department spokeswoman said.

Davis, in a statement, said the group has been “doing some of the best work in the country in this area.”

“I’ve been a fan of this organization for a long time,” he said.

The group also works with at-risk youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

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