Lawmakers back off bill to create Johns Hopkins police force
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will not endorse Johns Hopkins University’s proposal to create its own police force, citing insufficient community support.
The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore delegation chair Del. Curt Anderson said Friday that the delegation will refer the bill to be studied over the summer, which effectively ends debate until fall. Anderson says lawmakers from three districts home to the private university’s schools and hospitals were flooded with constituents’ concerns.
He says there was no evidence the university tried to build community support for the change.
The university had pushed for the ability to maintain its own force, citing high crime and pointing out that they were unusual among peer institutions for the lack of one. The idea was backed by Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa and lawmakers, including Anderson.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com