The Challenges of 21st Century Policing

The discussion series includes three sessions designed to facilitate valuable community conversations and to learn from national experts about multiple policing issues that are relevant to university safety and security. These sessions will be open to the public, recorded, and live-streamed, with relevant information and materials posted to this website.

Session 1

Current Landscape of University Policing


Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, Norman I. Schafler Auditorium
Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

  • Larry Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History, Johns Hopkins University
  • Cedric Alexander, Deputy Mayor of the City of Rochester
  • Leonard Hamm, Director of Public Safety, Coppin State University
  • Sue Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
  • Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police

Session 2

Constitutional Policing and Police Accountability

The second discussion in the series will focus on constitutional policing and police accountability. Constitutional policing is considered a fundamental component of community policing that focuses on protecting the public’s rights and providing equal protection under the law. The panel will also examine best practices in public safety recruitment, training, and operations with a particular focus on strategies to promote fair policing strategies and avoid inappropriate use of force and racial bias.


Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hurd Hall, Johns Hopkins Hospital
East Baltimore Campus, 600 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

  • Daniel Webster, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
  • Nancy La Vigne, Vice President for Justice Policy at the Urban Institute
  • Christy Lopez, Distinguished Visitor From Practice, Georgetown Law School; Former Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Vesla Weaver, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and a 2016-2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Session 3

Root Causes of Crime and Solution-Oriented Strategies—A Public Health Perspective


Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center
3509 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

  • Lisa Cooperthe James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who focuses on America’s health disparities—the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape them, and the ways our health systems might help eliminate them.
  • Jens Ludwig, an economist at University of Chicago whose work focuses on how urban poverty and social conditions affect a range of outcomes.
  • JT Timpson, who directed one of the sites of Baltimore’s Safe Streets violence interrupters program and currently leads Baltimore Roca, an anti-violence nonprofit.
  • Carla Shedd a sociologist at the City University of New York whose work focuses on how young people’s institutional experiences shape their path with the criminal justice system.
  • John Rich, a public health physician and professor of health management and policy at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel. His work focuses on health challenges faced by young, African-American men.
  • Erricka Bridgefordwho directs Baltimore Ceasefire, a community based organization that organizes ceasefire weekends and other community outreach, advocacy, and life-affirming events in Baltimore around reducing gun violence. Erricka’s TED talk is available here.