Morgan State University (MSU) was awarded a grant from the Code 3 Association, a non-profit organization that exists to influence and support relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. In a time of strained police relations in Baltimore and cities around the country, community oriented policing offers the best solution to enhance dialogue between City residents and officials. The grant will support a Morgan Community Mile Community (MCM) Policing Project to improve community and policing relations through crime prevention efforts in the neighborhood surrounding the University.
The project’s aim is to reduce the upward trend in property crime affecting the MCM areas in the short term and potentially sustain proactive policing in Baltimore City long term. Incorporating the initiatives by Major Rich Worley of the Baltimore Police Department’s Northeast District (NED), MCM will work directly with district officers to address the FY’16 goal of MCM’s priority area. MCM plans to implement a project design, which would utilize established community organizations like HARBEL, to establish strong support and involvement from community groups to launch and sustain effective community policing campaigns.
In addition, this grant will foster student learning by offering Morgan State University students (studying Criminal Justice, Architecture and Planning, and Sociology) applied critical thinking skills towards problem-solving and implementation of strategies used towards crime prevention and crime analysis. Furthermore, this initiative looks to establish student internship opportunities within Baltimore City Police Department and its local districts.
The Morgan Community Mile Initiative is a university-community partnership that encompasses a 12-square-mile area around the University’s campus, including nearly 115,000 residents and 56 community and neighborhood associations. Since 2013, the Morgan Community Mile (MCM) initiative has engaged community stakeholders and university students, faculty, and staff in the inclusive process of community plans and projects. As an anchor institution in the heart of Northeast, Baltimore City at Morgan State University, President David Wilson, created the MCM to engage university-community partnerships in making the Northeast community a better place to live, work and play. It implements the University’s strategic goal to serve as a catalyst for the improvement of the surrounding community and the City of Baltimore.
For more information or to learn how to get involved contact the Morgan Community Mile office at 443-885-4178.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. As Maryland’s Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. More information about the university is available at www.morgan.edu.
Clinton R. Coleman