Some of the objections to the Hopkins proposal have reflected an idea that police are inherently a malign force, particularly for minorities. That level of mistrust is built on Freddie Gray’s death, the Department of Justice’s report on the Baltimore Police Department’s legacy of unconstitutional policing and the recent Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal, but its application to this particular proposal is puzzling. If Hopkins doesn’t have its own police, who will respond to serious crime on and around campus? The Baltimore Police Department. Those who would like to see the BPD reconstituted from scratch should find something appealing in the opportunity to do that with a new Hopkins police force — if, that is, it has the right focus, recruitment, training, oversight and accountability.