UBalt, UMB Agree to Collaborate on Delivery of Law Enforcement Services for University of Baltimore
September 23, 2021
Contact: Office of Advancement and External Relations
The University of Baltimore has entered into a non-binding arrangement with the University of Maryland, Baltimore for the latter to provide police services while UBalt maintains responsibility for campus security performed by unarmed, civilian security staff. This affiliation, which will continue to provide the high level of campus safety that both UBalt and UMB are known for, will be fully in effect in the first quarter of 2022. All UBalt sworn officers will be eligible to apply for similar positions with the UMB force, and the usual police presence and patrols will continue on both campuses.
University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Bruce E. Jarrell have signed a letter of intent, which casts the arrangement in general terms and calls for specifics and details to be delivered prior to the date of implementation. A memorandum of understanding will serve as the legal agreement between the two institutions. Both universities are independent members of the University System of Maryland, and each abides by all USM policies as well as local, state and federal regulations.
"With this new arrangement, we are collaborating to maintain and enhance campus safety at both universities while maximizing the effectiveness of the resources devoted to campus law enforcement," Schmoke said. "UBalt and UMB are public institutions with similar missions, including adult, professional education and a focus on the city around us. We are non-residential campuses, but nonetheless we are situated in historic neighborhoods with a mix of housing and commercial spaces. Above all, we are determined to keep our campuses safe, for students, faculty, staff, and visitors."
"Fortunately, the USM welcomes innovative, collaborative efforts between its member institutions," said Jarrell. "This collaboration recognizes that our two universities have like-minded approaches to maintaining public safety. We’re confident that we have a structure and a plan that will benefit both of our communities. Now, we expect to move forward into finalizing arrangements."
Details on the collaboration will be announced in the coming weeks. While the plan takes shape, UBalt community members may continue to contact University Police as they always have.
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