Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Johns Hopkins Police Department is seeking highly motivated individuals to serve asCaptain – JHPD. We are accepting applications for lateral police candidates who meet the experience qualifications as a certified law enforcement officer in a full-service law enforcement agency (Maryland or Out-of-State). Applicants must be Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (MPCTC) Certified OR meet Comparative Compliance Standards.

Police Captains work in a team environment with integrity, professionalism, humanity and courage to protect the lives and property of the Johns Hopkins community. Johns Hopkins Police Captains regularly engage with students, faculty, staff and visitors in a variety of ways in order to provide services and information needed. Johns Hopkins Police Captains provide campus police services to the Homewood Campus, East Baltimore and Peabody Campus where officers will be assigned to work. They will ensure JHPD is a leader in the provision of responsive, quality and customer service-oriented policing.

Essential Functions:

  • Represents the JHPD’s mission, vision and values when interacting with university, community, advocacy groups. Coordinates JHPD resources and activities via direction from their supervision to address concerns about university and community issues.
  • Represents the JHPD leadership team when interacting with university, community, advocacy groups.
  • Provides the full level of law enforcement work, enforcing laws, rules and regulations governing the safety and protection of individuals, buildings and property. Performs simple and complex problem-solving projects designed to enhance safety and prevent or reduce harm.
  • Provides direct support for the allocation and direction of resources (manpower, vehicles, equipment and supplies) to meet the needs of the JHPD and is responsible for management of operational and overtime expenditures to ensure that funds utilized are used appropriately and within the mission of the JHPD.
  • Provides direct support in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating the performance of assigned sworn staff; ensures performance requirements and personal development goals are met. Ensures priorities and community policing strategies for the patrol area are properly managed, holds supervisory personnel responsible for completing initiatives and performance management of staff.
  • Provides management of day-to-day operations of assigned area of police department, which includes direct supervision and performance management of Lieutenants and Sergeants who oversee police officers assigned to a patrol area. Holds supervisors accountable for executing proactive and community policing initiatives, as well as crime initiative strategies. Looks for opportunities to actively engage in community policing and models such for officers.
  • Provides oversight and coordinates the functions of an operational, administrative, or support operation.
  • Responsible for assisting with various facets of a developing operational strategy, including the development of problem community oriented policing protocols, community engagement plans, and weekly crime plans.
  • Maintains a visible presence to serve as a positive resource and actively develop relationships with community stakeholders to successfully implement initiatives to deter crime.
  • Ensures subordinates regularly use and promote procedural justice principles, de-escalate situations as necessary, and are engaged in community policing and problem- solving activities.
  • Coaches subordinates about performance issues, and trains subordinates in the handling of general management problems, monitors subordinates’ professional behavior to proactively address potential issues, and recommends corrective action to address performance problems.
  • Supervises special assignments and details as required.
  • Coordinates and cooperates with Campus Safety and Security Command Staff in the preliminary and follow-up investigations of complaints, reported criminal offenses, and disruptions.
  • Communicates and continually supports effective relationships with the faculty, staff, students, public, other law enforcement agencies, and public officials.
  • Participates as instructed in specialized unit activities such as crime prevention, recertification instruction, criminal investigations, or special events.
  • Responds to calls for assistance and emergency service as needed and takes appropriate action; de-escalates situations as reasonable and appropriate.
  • Provides the public with safety information and conducts community related public safety programs as needed.
  • Collaborates with local and state law enforcement agencies when needed.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Ten (10) years of total service as commissioned law enforcement officer.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of service in the rank of Lieutenant or a minimum of two (2) years of service in the rank of Captain or higher in an agency of similar size.
  • Distinguished service record, including excellent performance rating and no record of serious or repeated disciplinary actions or citizen complaints.
  • This position does not allow for an equivalency.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • May be an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Has submitted an application for United States citizenship that is pending approval and Submit documents to the hiring law enforcement agency that support a claim of, Citizenship or Permanent legal residency and proof of a pending application for United States citizenship.
  • Applicant must provide official proof of separation from the military in good standing with an honorable discharge prior to being extended a conditional offer of employment.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must demonstrate physical ability to perform job.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must have current MPTC certification or other non-Maryland state certification.
  • Finalists will be required to complete a comprehensive background check, including drug test, medical, polygraph, and psychological evaluation.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Seven (7) years’ experience of law enforcement in a university/school setting.
  • Five (5) years of service in the rank of Captain or higher in an agency of similar size.