Accountability Board

Updated October 18, 2021

As part of his effort to meet and engage with members of the Johns Hopkins community and gather feedback on the institution’s vision for public safety, new vice president for public safety, Dr. Branville Bard, plans to reconvene the Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board, a group of community members from JHU and the neighborhoods surrounding its Baltimore campuses. Bard says he will look to the accountability board as a pathbreaking vehicle for those with different perspectives to advise him—even as Hopkins respects the two-year pause in the development of the JHPD.

In addition to re-starting the accountability board, additional members are needed due to current and anticipated vacancies. Applications are now being accepted for one Hopkins faculty member, one Hopkins staff member, and four Hopkins students. A community member will also be appointed by the City Council President to complete the board.

The University is issuing an open call for applications and will repeat the process by which the board was initially filled two years ago: A nomination committee, composed of Baltimore City residents, students, faculty and staff, will be tasked with evaluating applications and developing the pool of candidates from which university leadership will make selections to fill vacant seats.

Background on the accountability board

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 statutorily 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.

Accountability Board Q&A

[i] Md. Code Ann., Education § 24-1205(b); see also id. § 24-1205(d).