March 31, 2022 – Maryland Senate approved Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board Nominees
On Thursday March 31, 2022, the Maryland Senate approved the five nominees for the Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board. The nominees will fill current vacancies for faculty, staff, and student seats. Two of the nominees, Katie O’Connor and Terri Massie-Burrell, both Baltimore natives, spoke to the Hub about their investment in and vision for the Board, which you can read about it here.
March 24, 2022 – Quarterly Meeting
On Thursday March 24, 2022, the Board met to discuss governance structures. The meeting featured a guest presentation from Brian Corr, the former president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). More information about the meeting, including Brian’s presentation can be found here.
March 10, 2022 – Maryland Open Meetings Act Training
On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the Johns Hopkins Police Accountability received a training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act from April Ishank, the Former Chair of the Open Meetings Compliance Board, and Frank M. Johnson, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Gaithersburg. The training was to the public. Relevant information, including the agenda, slide deck, and presenter bios, as well as the livestream, can be found here.
December 21, 2021 – Five nominated to join Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board
Five Johns Hopkins University affiliates were 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 were sent to the Maryland State Senate for confirmation during the 2022 legislative session of the General Assembly, which began Jan. 12.
December 13, 2021 – Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board Open Meeting
The Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board held an open meeting on Monday, December 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The meeting was hosted on Zoom.
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.