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Coppin criminal-justice professor Michael Berlin says community policing can help cure Baltimore

Coppin criminal-justice professor Michael Berlin says community policing can help cure Baltimore

Michael Berlin, a Coppin State criminal-justice professor who looks a little like Albert Einstein, came to Baltimore more than 40 years ago to study pre-med at Johns Hopkins University. He only lasted about three weeks in that program and eventually graduated with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology, but it was a criminal-justice course which involved ride-alongs with police officers that most influenced his life. When he graduated—after he spent some time “bumming around Europe”—he joined the Baltimore Police Department. He was a patrol officer for three years, working in Cherry Hill, Brooklyn, and Curtis Bay, and also worked in...

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