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PSL Remembers One of Its Own, Capt. Stanley M. Malm

By Dit Talley

One of the ways we know the Division of Public Safety Leadership is getting older is when we lose people so important to the life of the Division. On April 3, we lost one of our most valued and appreciated colleagues. Capt. Stanley M. Malm succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 59.

Stan graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1996 with his Master’s of Science in Community Development, as a member of PELP I, the very first cohort of JHU’s then Police Executive Leadership Program. He attended the program while he served with the Annapolis Police Department.  

Stan was involved with the Division in one way or another for every one of the 22 years the Division has existed. First as a student, then as a cheerleader and recruiter, a full-time instructor and, finally, a valued adjunct instructor. Stan was an outstanding recruiter. He was exceptional at explaining the program to a prospective student, from the perspective of having been a busy adult student while also working full-time as a homicide investigator. If Stan could get to class every time, and on time, they could too!

In his time with the Division, Stan urged us to explore the increased use of technology in our teaching and classrooms. He implored us to incorporate adult learning practices in every aspect of our teaching.  He challenged us to consider the value of online teaching and learning. In his own irascible way, he pushed the Division to get some electronic media in the office, and he showed us how to better design content to further our objectives—something we likely would never have really mastered without his guidance and support.

Stan developed a personal passion for understanding the role of the police during the period of the Holocaust. He read voraciously, studied abroad in both Germany and Israel, and developed an experiential learning component in which he took students to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to explore the concept of bystander behavior. He worked with museum staff and supported the development of their efforts to create its own public safety division. He also undertook a very lengthy and rigorous training program, becoming not only a licensed docent at the museum but one of the formost experts in this area. His work, with many hundreds of students, will continue to benefit society for years to come.

Stan often said he got much more from the Division than he gave. If that is true, then he got a lot, because he certainly gave a lot over the years with the Division. He found his soul mate here. Natalie became his life partner after working together and collaborating on many Division projects. By usual standards, their time together was far too short, but Stan often said how blessed his life was with her.

The Division of Public Safety Leadership has lost a core member of the family. We grieve with our colleague, Natalie, and with Stan’s family.

Hopkins and City Form Partnership to Reduce Violence

Johns Hopkins researchers have formed a new partnership with Baltimore City Police to attack the city’s culture of violent crime.

Led by the School of Education’s Sheldon Greenberg, PhD,  and School of Public Health’s Daniel Webster, the Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Prevention will bring together some of the nation’s leading researchers to evaluate crime-fighting strategies and develop new interventions to enhance public safety efforts.

In announcing the initiative at a recent press conference at Baltimore police headquarters, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, “Our aim is a substantial reduction in the number of violent crimes, and to promote, develop and evaluate new evidence-based strategies to help us achieve that goal.” The 344 homicides in 2015 were the most per capita in the city’s history.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, a 2013 graduate of the Public Safety Leadership program at the School of Education, praised the collaborative and identified a number of projects that will get immediate attention, such as finding ways to reduce illegal gun availability, improving incentives for citizens to provide crime-solving information to police and an evaluation of existing policing strategies, including the “War Room” and B-Fed Homicide Reduction Task Force.

The commissioner also announced that police recruits will get academic training on foot patrols. “We will be the only district in the country to offer this type of preparation for new police trainees,” said Davis. The program was developed in cooperation with PSL’s Sheldon Greenberg, a recognized national leader in police protocols and procedures.

Greenberg, a former police officer, will also be organizing a summit of the city’s nine district commanders. “These leaders are on the front lines of the crime fight and are closest to the citizens. They are a critical part of the crime-fighting strategy,” said Greenberg. He will serve as coordinator, facilitator and aide to the group to maximize its impact on improving policing.

The partnership has been funded for a year with $250,000 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and $250,000 from the Abel Foundation. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has committed another $250,000 for 2017.

PSL and Republic of Macedonia continue discussions

The School of Education’s Division of Public Safety Leadership (PSL) has for several years been involved in discussions about potential collaborative efforts with representatives of the Crisis Management Center (CMC), Republic of Macedonia. The efforts and visits have been to explore ways to enhance the leadership training and skills of crisis management personnel in the region, as well as build a stronger, collaborative network of professionals in several countries in the region.  

PSL and the CMC co-sponsored the 10th annual regional crisis management conference in Macedonia in the fall of 2015, hosting participants from the Balkans and Europe. Suzana Saliu, director of the CMC, and Dr. Urim Vejseli, director of international cooperation for CMC, visited in March to hold a seminar for PSL students on the current migrant and refugee crisis in the region.

PSL Director Doug Ward and Assistant Professor Ira Blatstein were interviewed in March for a Voice of America television show airing in the Balkans to highlight this new initiative between Johns Hopkins and Macedonia.   

Mutual longer-term goals are to develop a more effective networking for crisis mitigation throughout the region, while providing the individuals in the region with a significant educational experience in leadership.

Congratulations Clifford Hughes!

Clifford Hughes, MGMT '10, has been named Regional Director of Region 5 for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs.

 

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