Memorandum of Understanding

Johns Hopkins has posted an initial draft of the proposed MOU for the Johns Hopkins Police Department online for community feedback. Please join us in person or watch the livestream of the upcoming Town Hall in Shriver Hall from 6 – 8 p.m. on September 22, 2022

The development of the MOU will be transparent and will rely on extensive community engagement and input. The DRAFT MOU can be found below and we encourage you to review and share your feedback.  

Draft Memorandum of Understanding

The Community and Safety Strengthening Act requires Johns Hopkins to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to detail key operational policies of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD). We encourage you to review and share feedback below.

The JHPD is covered by the Community Safety and Strengthening Act and other Maryland laws. Johns Hopkins University also has voluntarily committed to progressive policing policies advanced by prominent scholars of police reform, including the model policy proposed by the ACLU of Massachusetts’ 2021 “Racially Just Policing: A Model Policy for Colleges and Universities” and the Obama Administration’s 2015 “Task Force on 21st Century Policing.”  Learn more about these commitments and legal requirements.

MOU Process

Consistent with police departments at universities in Baltimore City and across Maryland, Johns Hopkins is required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) regarding jurisdiction and operation. That process will include:

  • Posting an initial draft of the proposed MOU online for 30-day public review.
  • Sharing the draft with the Baltimore City Council for their 30-day review/feedback.
  • Hosting three public town halls to present the MOU for public feedback.
  • Once the MOU is finalized and approved, the final MOU will be posted online and shared with the public.

To learn more, we encourage members of our community to read Vice President Bard’s message to the community on the progress of Johns Hopkins Public Safety and to participate in these meetings and events and share feedback on our website.

Town Halls 

September 22, 2022 – Homewood / Peabody Town Hall

  • Location: Shriver Hall (Livestream)
  • Time: 6 p.m. 

September 29, 2022 – East Baltimore Town Hall

  • Location: Turner Auditorium (Livestream)
  • Time: 7 p.m. 

September 30, 2022 – Virtual Town Hall

Town Hall Resources

Share Your Feedback

Share your comments and questions about the MOU using the form below. 


Timeline [1] 

September 2022 

  • Hopkins posts MOU on public website for 30 days and community members are invited to review the proposed MOU and submit written comments.  
  • Hopkins provides notice of two public forums at least 10 days in advance.  

October 2022 

  • Baltimore City Council 30-day review/comment period on proposed MOU.  
  • Two public forums for community input, one near the Homewood and Peabody campuses and the other near the East Baltimore Campus.  

November 2022 

  • Comment Period Concludes 

November / December 2022 

  • MOU is finalized, posted on website.  

[1] Timeline and projected finalization of MOU may be subject to change. 

[2] As defined in CSSA legislation and limited by law to primary campus areas around Homewood, Peabody, and Baltimore campuses.