Former Police Commissioner to Open Justice Institute

Published Friday, February 08th, 2013

Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Justice Institute at Coppin State University Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., Coppin State University will formally open the Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Justice Institute.

Mr. Robinson, who spent 50 years in public service and was the first African American Police Commissioner in Baltimore City, said he’s honored to announce the establishment of The Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Justice Institute at Coppin State University.

“Throughout my career, I recognized the need to better prepare individuals for entry into federal, state, county, municipal, and private criminal justice agencies particularly in relation to public service within urban communities.  The Justice Institute is designed to provide customized training programs that combine cutting-edge research and field practice,” states Mr. Robinson, who received his Master’s of Education degree at Coppin State University in 1973.

The Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Institute at Coppin State University will provide training, education, and research on a broad range of justice issues in law enforcement, corrections, public health, and related social factors that contribute to the prevention of crime in urban communities.  It is based on a customized cross-disciplinary approach designed to integrate disciplines, cutting-edge research, and field practice.  To accomplish this, the Institute has three components:  Training Academy, Advanced Academic and Certification Program, and Applied Research Program.  

Mr. Robinson has received numerous honors for his life-long effort to ensure a criminal justice system free of racial injustice and his leadership in police professionalism and education. In  1988, Mr. Robinson received the National Public Service Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.  

“It is indeed an honor and a privilege to name the Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Justice Institute,” says Dr. Beverly O’Bryant, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Coppin State University. “Our esteemed alumnae have contributed so significantly to criminal justice, the city of Baltimore and to Coppin State University.”

Leonard Hamm, chief of Public Safety at Coppin State University and former Baltimore City Police Commissioner, reflected on his personal relationship with Mr. Robinson.

“Throughout my law enforcement career, Bishop Robinson has guided and presented me with many opportunities which prepared me for the many challenges a law enforcement executive has to face. My family and I are eternally grateful for his time, guidance, and patience.”