Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has joined the criminal justice faculty at Stevenson University, the school announced today.
The move comes after much speculation about what arguably the city's most successful top cop in recent history would do after retiring this year. Bealefeld will serve as a full-time distinguished professional in criminal justice and instructor, teaching coursework for undergraduates and helping develop a center for criminal justice.
Bealefeld, 50, had traveled to South Africa with a delegation from Stevenson earlier this year.
"We have been fortunate to know and work closely with Fred over the past several years, and out of this relationship evolved an interest to become further engaged with our criminal justice program," said Jim Salvucci, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevenson. "His professional know-how and associations will help our students develop stronger paths to careers in criminal justice."
Stevenson's criminal justice program was launched in the fall of 2010 and currently has 250 students enrolled. It's based out of the humanities and social sciences school.
As commissioner, Bealefeld, himself a community college dropout, stressed education for officers, including creating a leadership program with the University of Maryland University College. Bealefeld himself enrolled at UMUC's criminal justice program in 2011. But the city also had to cut a tuition reimbursement program during his tenure.
"I am excited to be working with the students to help them connect the knowledge they receive in the classroom with real-world experiences that prepare them for careers in law enforcement and public safety," Bealefeld said in a statement. "In today's competitive workforce, it is so vitally important to give students skills and character advantage in the job marketplace. This is the heart of Stevenson's career development mission and one that I am fully dedicated to, as well."
Bealefeld was commissioner as the city beat back a march toward 300 homicides in 2007, then oversaw the drop under 200 in 2011, which was the first time the city had recorded less than 200 homicides since the 1970s, when the city was much larger. Over the weekend, Baltimore recorded its 200th murder of 2012.