April 1, 2022
Dear Johns Hopkins Community,
A short while ago, many of you received a message from Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership informing you of a colleague who was shot in an apparent attempted carjacking on his way to work at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Thankfully, his injuries were not life-threatening, and he has already been treated and released from the hospital. But sadly, this incident was just one part of a recent broader increase in crime in Baltimore that is affecting our faculty, staff, students, patients, and neighbors.
This morning’s incident took place near Johns Hopkins at Eastern. Earlier in the week, three people were shot just blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore, and during the last year, we have witnessed more than 30 violent crimes on and around our campuses in the city.
I want you to know that your safety is this institution’s highest priority. We work closely with the Baltimore Police Department to investigate crimes around our campuses, and we are deeply involved in the city’s efforts to interrupt the cycle of violence that has gripped Baltimore for far too long.
We encourage you to take advantage of our services to help ensure that all members of our community feel safe coming to work, to school, or receiving care at our hospitals and clinics.
We provide security escort services on our campuses and hospitals, and the free LiveSafe app provides real-time, two-way communication with Johns Hopkins Public Safety officers, 24/7, at the push of a button. You can call Public Safety directly at 677-208-1200. We urge you to err on the side of caution and call us anytime you feel unsafe. We also offer a number of crime prevention tips to help ensure your safety. Most importantly, please remember that no property is more important than your safety.
The effects of violence ripple far beyond those who are immediately victimized. If you are experiencing trauma related to this or any other incident, please take advantage of our well-being resources for students and mySupport for faculty and staff.
We recognize the seriousness of these incidents, but I also want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to keep you and our campuses safe. During my first year here at Johns Hopkins, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of you and to hear about your concerns and needs, and I will be holding additional town hall meetings in the coming weeks to continue this important dialogue.
Branville G. Bard
Vice President for Public Safety
Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine