Baltimore – Right this moment, Govt Director Chuck Wexler of the Police Govt Analysis Discussion board (PERF), Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Division (BPD), President David Wilson of Morgan State College, and President Anthony Jenkins of Coppin State College introduced a brand new partnership between PERF, BPD, and Baltimore’s two Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities (HBCU), Morgan State College and Coppin State College. The announcement for the collaboration was made throughout a press convention held on the campus of Coppin State.
Beneath the partnership, eight college students or latest graduates of the 2 universities will spend the summer season working within the Baltimore Police Division, studying about police operations, and providing insights on how policing in numerous communities corresponding to Baltimore may be improved.
“PERF is proud to fund this pilot program and desirous to be taught from the scholars,” Mr. Wexler mentioned. “We hope this pilot will present perception into constructing a nationwide program. Communities are confronted with unprecedented challenges in constructing belief with the police and attracting the perfect and brightest to serve. The career’s complexities name for constructing bridges to the following era of law enforcement officials, and HBCU graduates are important to advancing the policing career in a fashion that displays range, fairness, inclusion, and accessibility.
The HBCU Summer time Internship Program is an historic partnership. This progressive pilot initiative challenges present school college students and up to date graduates to be taught the interior workings of the BPD and the significance of excellent policing in our communities.
“Paid internships are all the time enticing to college students who need to get some work expertise underneath their belt whereas understanding the tradition of a corporation, and this pilot program is a terrific method to expose college students on HBCU campuses to the a number of profession alternatives inside BPD and police departments throughout the USA,” mentioned David Ok. Wilson, president of Morgan State College. “When many individuals consider police work, they usually solely consider patrolling. However there are such a lot of alternatives in information analytics, finance, accounting, forensics, public administration, and journalism. I applaud the funding PERF is making and thank Commissioner Harrison for his advocacy of Baltimore’s HBCUs. Morgan State is thrilled to be part of the pilot program, and I’m assured we are going to see extra graduates of HBCUs working within the policing career due to it.”
PERF is funding the pilot program via a beneficiant donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott (Morgan was additionally a beneficiary of a transformational reward from Scott). PERF will award every intern a $10,000 stipend for the 10-week (40 hours per week) internship, which can introduce the interns to quite a lot of policing-related experiences inside and outdoors the BPD. PERF will intently monitor and consider this system for potential enlargement to different jurisdictions in the USA the place HBCUs are positioned.
The scholars taking part from Morgan embody Yasmine J. Bryant (Political Science), Fortune O. Olayinka (Info Techniques), and alumnus Cheikh S. McKissic (who graduated in 2022 from the College of the Arts with a B.S. in Music, Entrepreneurial, Know-how after attending Morgan).
“Mentorships and on-the-job coaching usually open doorways that may result in potential careers for the longer term leaders and members of our workforce,” mentioned Commissioner Harrison. “I’m wanting ahead to working with these interns to assist pave a path to their success – and, probably, deliver new, energetic, considerate members to the Division.”
The interns shall be assigned to one of many following areas within the BPD: Operations Bureau, Particular Investigations Part, Media Relations Part, Info Know-how Division, Fairness Workplace, Training and Coaching, Authorized and Authorities Affairs, Consent Decree Implementation Unit, or Forensic Sciences Part. The interns may even take part in ride-alongs with law enforcement officials, shadow a commander for a day, journey to PERF’s workplaces in Washington, D.C., go to the coaching academy on the Anne Arundel County Police Division, meet and ask questions of police chiefs all through Maryland, tour the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American Historical past & Tradition, and go to quite a few community-based organizations and felony justice companions serving Baltimore Metropolis.
This system will conclude with every intern finishing a capstone venture, together with a written report and oral presentation on a selected perform of their space of project. The tasks are anticipated to replicate analysis, information evaluation, and nationwide finest practices in assist of suggestions for organizational enchancment.