Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board open meeting set for Dec. 13

The Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board will hold an open meeting on Monday, Dec. 13, from 6-7 p.m. Please register in advance to attend; registrants will receive further information about participating in the meeting, including a Zoom link.

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. Recommended by the university based on community input and research into best practices among police departments nationally and adopted into law by the Maryland 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
  • Assessing current and prospective department policies, procedures, and training in order to provide recommendations for improvement

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.

While the temporary halt in the development of the JHPD remains in place, the new vice president for public safety, Branville Bard, recently announced plans to reconvene the board as part of his effort to listen and learn from members of the community&mdashlon and off campus—and seek their feedback and guidance on public safety issues and initiatives, including a range of non-policing initiatives.