Accountability Board

Updates

December 21, 2021 – Five nominated to join Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board

Five Johns Hopkins University affiliates have been nominated to fill vacancies on the Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board, which will help directly shape the development and operation of the future Johns Hopkins Police Department as a model of transparent, accountable, community-oriented policing.

The nominees will be sent to the Maryland State Senate for confirmation during the 2022 legislative session of the General Assembly, which begins Jan. 12.

December 13, 2021 – Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board Open Meeting

The Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board will hold an open meeting on Monday, December 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom. Please register here. You can also find the meeting agenda here.

While the temporary halt in the JHPD remains in place, the new president for public safety, Dr. Branville Bard, recently announced plans to reconvene the Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board as part of his effort to listen and learn from members of the community – on and off campus – to seek their feedback and guidance on public safety issues and initiatives, including a range of non-policing initiatives

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).