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Johns Hopkins is dedicated to improving safety on and around our Baltimore campuses. We invite you to explore this site for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of the proposal to establish a police department at JHU?

On February 4, 2019, SB 793 was introduced in the Maryland General Assembly; HB 1094 was introduced February 8, 2019. This legislation incorporates our 2019 proposal and would authorize Johns Hopkins to establish a small, community-oriented and research-backed university police department—one that is accountable to the public and subject to state and local government oversight.

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How can the community have input in this process?

In the spring of 2018, we engaged in a comprehensive process to hear a broad range of viewpoints. Feedback will be welcome on this site and throughout the legislative process in Annapolis, including via the public committee hearings that will be held in both chambers.

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How would you ensure accountability and transparency?

We are dedicated to creating a police department that is public-facing, public-serving, and publicly accountable. If the bill passes, we will be required to build community accountability and oversight within the police department.

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Relevant Research

Do university police forces reduce crime?

A look at the short- and long-term effects the University of Chicago Police Department has had both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods

More officers, fewer crimes

The presence of university police officers at University of Pennsylvania has reduced crime by up to 60 percent in the city blocks nearest to campus

What do our peers do?

An overview of what kinds of safety and security measures in place at Johns Hopkins’ peer institutions

This is a critical opportunity not only to strengthen public safety in and around our campuses but also to model best practices that focus specifically on the needs of our community.


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