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Johns Hopkins University wants its own police department. What would that mean for Baltimore?

Johns Hopkins University wants its own police department. What would that mean for Baltimore?

After a string of 16 gunpoint robberies around Johns Hopkins’ main campus in Homewood last fall, university President Ron Daniels began to think the school’s force of 1,000 security personnel and the tens of millions of dollars it spends on security each year might not be enough.

Daniels cleared his schedule for two weeks in November, gathered up four aides and traveled across the country to learn how other large, private, urban schools protect their campuses and communities. They visited the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to ask about their police departments.

“That was an...

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