3:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Harvard Weighs In On Boston Marathon Bombing Response

One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by two people in protective suits in the wake of two blasts in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013.
Credit (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Harvard Kennedy School researchers recently published a report on what worked and what didn’t in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The report commends the work of first responders at the finish line but contains some criticism of the melee in Watertown during the search for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 


  • Christine Cole is the executive director of the Criminal Justice and Policy Management program at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a co-author of the report.

  • Herman "Dutch" Leonard is a professor of public management at Harvard Kennedy School and a co-author of the report.