Billionaire Bloomberg says Johns Hopkins needs armed police force

It's actually a bit shocking that a university the size of Johns Hopkins -- and also given its location in Baltimore and crime statistics -- doe snot have an armed security force. On population alone, many colleges and universities can resemble average-sized towns or small cities. However, to then have a major university smack-dab in the middle of a high-crime area without an armed security force seems like a serious mistake. Of course, the minute there is an incident involving deadly force, all the naysayers will be quick to point fingers, so an armed security force deployed at Hopkins, or any campus for that matter, needs to have the proper training and certifications. -- IFPO.

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York and benefactor of the Johns Hopkins University, said Tuesday it’s “ridiculous” the institution doesn’t have an armed police force.

“When you have a city that has the murder rate that Baltimore has, I think it’s ridiculous to think that they shouldn’t be armed,” Bloomberg said of the Hopkins security force.

Bloomberg, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, spoke to reporters after closed-door meetings at the State House in Annapolis with Democratic lawmakers and state Attorney General Brian Frosh.

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Johns Hopkins is seeking approval from the General Assembly for a private police force to patrol the university campus in Homewood, the hospital campus in East Baltimore and the Peabody Institute in Mount Vernon. The proposal has support from some key leaders, including powerful Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, but has met with opposition from others


Bloomberg said having an armed police force would put Hopkins on par with other colleges that already have them. Bloomberg said it’s “irrational” for Hopkins not to be able to have the same security as similar schools, especially given its large number of employees. The Johns Hopkins institutions employ nearly 45,000 workers in Baltimore, making Hopkins the city's largest employer, according to the state Department of Commerce.

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