In a message to students, faculty, staff, and neighbors on April 1, Johns Hopkins administrators shared that the Maryland General Assembly passed the Community Safety and Strengthening Act to authorize Johns Hopkins University to establish a university police department and to increase the state’s investments in high-priority community programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of the proposal to establish a police department at JHU?
The Community Safety and Strengthening Act was passed by the Maryland General Assembly on April 1, 2019, and signed on April 18, 2019. It provides support for community and economic development efforts, youth engagement, and job training that can help address the root causes of crime in Baltimore. It also authorizes Johns Hopkins to establish a small, accountable university police department subject to the highest standards and mandates of constitutional community policing and public accountability.
How can the community have input in this process?
After the Governor signs the bill into law, it will go into effect on July 1, and we will move into a multiyear period of implementation. Our work in 2019 will include the start of discussions with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) around the drafting of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and initial engagement with the community regarding the MOU and recommendations for the first Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board. We also will begin to seek input regarding how best to collaborate with our neighbors to identify areas near our campuses where future JHPD patrols could be welcome and effective, and we will develop plans for the phased recruiting and training of new officers in accordance with the exacting standards set by the legislation.
How will you ensure accountability and transparency?
We are dedicated to creating a police department that is public-facing, public-serving and publicly accountable. The legislation requires Johns Hopkins to build community accountability and oversight within the police department in a number of ways.
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.
- Ronald J. Daniels
- President, Johns Hopkins University