The Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board, unique both in Maryland and throughout the country, empowers community members from JHU and the surrounding neighborhoods to help directly shape the development and operation of the future Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD). Recommended by the University based on community input and research into best practices among police departments nationally and adopted into law by the General Assembly, the Board is a crucial element in ensuring the success of the JHPD.
Accountability Board members are charged with:
- Sharing community feedback directly with JHPD leadership;
- Reviewing JHPD metrics involving crime; and
- Assessing current and prospective department policies, procedures, and training in order to provide recommendations for improvement.[i]
The Accountability Board must meet at least quarterly and hold at least one public meeting each year to seek input on JHPD policies, procedures, and training from community members of Baltimore City. Its meeting minutes must be posted prominently on a website available to the public.
[i] Md. Code Ann., Education § 24-1205(b); see also id. § 24-1205(d).