The Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) is launching a community-oriented, feedback process that includes posting all draft policies online and providing opportunities for public comment.

The University is moving into the next phases of implementation of the JHPD: the development of departmental policies and procedures that align with the Community Safety and Strengthening Act (CSSA) and the Johns Hopkins – Baltimore Police Department Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The consultative, reform-minded process set forth for policy development is in line with the inclusive approach we are taking in the creation of the JHPD. 

Policy Feedback Process

We are seeking input from the community as we develop JHPD policies. There are several opportunities for community input and participation throughout the process (see the timeline).  

On April 27, 2023 at 12 p.m., Dr. Bard held a virtual forum to outline the policy development and feedback process. His presentation on the policy process can be found here. And, for those unable to attend, a recording is available on the Public Safety Virtual Events page.   

All draft policies will be shared with the JH Accountability Board prior to being posted online for public review and comment. Board members will be invited to share feedback on draft policies in writing and during the Board’s public meetings. Shortly after draft policies are shared with the JH Accountability Board, they will be posted on this page. All draft policies will be posted here for a 60-day public comment period

Outside experts 21CP Solutions prepared the following questions to help prompt discussion of the draft policies. 

  1. Is this policy consistent with the values and needs of the community? 
  2. Does this policy help JHPD safely carry out its stated mission?  
  3. Is this policy understandable? Are there any points that need clarification? 
  4. Is there anything that needs to be addressed in this policy that isn’t currently reflected in the draft?  

In May and July, our community will have the opportunity to hear from nationally recognized experts on progressive policing policies and reforms. These “Ask the Expert” sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about policing policies generally and to engage on JHPD-specific policy questions.  

All feedback captured throughout this process will be catalogued into a report for publication, along with the final policies in October.  

Community Conversations

April 27, 2023 – Virtual Form: JHPD Policy Development and Feedback Process

May 2023 – Ask the Expert: Police Reform in America

  • Location: TBD
  • Time: TBD

July 2023 – Ask the Expert: Discussion on Draft JHPD Policies

  • Location: TBD
  • Time: TBD

Share Your Feedback

Share your comments and questions about the process using the form below or via email at


Timeline [1] 

April 2023  

  • April 27Virtual Forum: Draft Policy Development and Community Feedback Process  

May 2023  

  • TBD – Virtual Forum – Ask the Expert: Police Reform in America
  • May 31 – Conclusion of current Johns Hopkins Accountability Board members’ term 

June 2023  

  • June 1 – Start of new Johns Hopkins Accountability Board members’ term  
  • TBD – Johns Hopkins Accountability Board New Member Orientation  
  • TBD – Draft policies posted online for public comment

July 2023  

  • TBD – Virtual Forum – Ask the Expert: JHPD Draft Policy Discussion 

September 2023  

  • Community feedback incorporated into draft policies  

October 2023 

  • Policy feedback report published online  
  • Final community-informed policies published online 

[1] Timeline and projected finalization of community-informed policies may be subject to change