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School Police

If you have an emergency, please call 911. School police can be reached at 410-396-8588 or 410-396-8589.

 

Baltimore City School Police ensure that students and staff have safe, secure environments for teaching and learning.

In addition to patrolling, responding to calls, and investigating offenses, police officers counsel students, de-escalate conflict, advise school staff on security issues, and provide information to parents. They also work to build relationships and community at their schools, where they act as mentors, sponsor safety patrols, visit 3rd-grade classrooms with McGruff the crime-fighting dog to teach about saying no to drugs and gangs, and take small groups of students to "Shop with a Cop" for holiday gifts. From personal relationships founded on trust, school communities grow into supportive, respectful, and positive places where staff and students thrive.

Officer responsibilities

Officer vs. administrator responsibilities

Officer vs. school administrator responsibilities

Specialized training

Scheduled for 2018-19

Authority

According to Maryland law, the Baltimore City School Police Force is the primary agency responsible for policing property owned, leased, and operated or controlled by Baltimore City Public Schools, and its school police officers have all the powers of any peace or police officer in the state. They receive the same basic academy training as Baltimore City police officers.

To better serve the City Schools community, the School Police Force has a “concurrent jurisdiction agreement” with the Baltimore Police Department, which gives school police the authority to enforce the law within the limits of the City of Baltimore. This means that, while the School Police Force's primary jurisdiction is school property, as first responders, school police officers have a responsibility to take action when necessary to restore order and can make arrests anywhere within the Baltimore city limits.

Complaints

The Civilian Review Board of Baltimore City is an independent agency where the public can issue a complaint against officers of various law enforcement units.

Complaints can also be filed using this form.

General orders

Approved by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners on June 12, 2018.

The following items represent the published directives and expectations for the Baltimore City School Police. Adapted from multiple sources, they are focused and designed to ensure integrity and professionalism from all personnel within the department. (All links open PDF documents.)

Section A. Written Directives
Section B. Organization
Section C. Rules and Regulations
Section D. Direction, Planning, Inspections, Education and Training
Section E. Calls for Police Services: Communications and Field Reporting
Section F. Special Field Operations Procedures
Section G. Criminal Investigative Procedures
Section H. Citizen Contact Procedures
Section I. Evidential and Other Nondepartmental Property
Section J. Departmental Property
Section K. Personnel Administration
Section L. Fiscal Management
Section M. General Administrative Procedures
Section N. Domestic Violence

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