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City approves move of BPD academy to University of Baltimore campus

Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 18:10:04-04

BALTIMORE — The city has approved a nearly 7 million dollar plan to relocate the Baltimore Police Academy to the University of Baltimore, despite objections from lawmakers.

Some, including Senator Antonio Hayes want the academy to move to Coppin State University. They argue the state and the city have not paid the same attention to historically black colleges and universities as they do traditionally white institutions.

"To have the police academy and the city partner with a predominately white institution, excluding the opportunity for HBCU to have a participation further exacerbates the city's complicity," Senator Hayes said.

Commissioner Michael Harrison says the current location is falling apart. He is open to hearing other proposals, but says the U-B campus meets the department's needs.