Subject Matter Expert
Areas of Expertise:
Crime prevention, Violence reduction, Violent crime, law enforcement training and leadership
Mr. John P. Skinner is the former Deputy Police Commissioner and a 21-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). As Deputy Police Commissioner, he was responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of the agency’s Operations Bureau, which included all aspects of the department’s criminal investigations, and tactical and patrol operations. During his tenure, Deputy Commissioner Skinner implemented operational crime reduction strategies that have led to a historic 30-year low in homicides and nonfatal shootings.
Prior to his assignment as Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Skinner oversaw the department’s Administrative Bureau. In this capacity, he managed the department’s $400 million budget and was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, and planning sections of the nation’s ninth-largest police agency. Deputy Commissioner Skinner also served in multiple investigative and patrol-related positions, including as Commanding Officer of the Western and Central Districts, which encompass Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor areas. In 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Patrol Division, the department’s largest division. In addition, Deputy Commissioner Skinner served as the department’s Chief Intelligence Officer and was instrumental in the post-9/11 planning of the city’s security infrastructure and establishment of a state-of-the-art crime watch center. In this capacity, he worked closely with federal partners on emerging technologies in police work and participated in an international law enforcement exchange program with the Israeli National Police Force.
Deputy Commissioner Skinner was named Police Officer of the Year in 2010 by the National Alliance of Mental Illness. In 2009, he was recognized by DOJ for the development of the Patrol Response Survey, an evaluation program that measures the community’s perception of police performance. He was also named “Baltimorean of the Year” by Baltimore Magazine for the creation of the Safe Zone Project, a nationally recognized community stabilization strategy. In August 2014, Mr. Skinner retired from the BPD and joined the full-time faculty of the Criminal Justice Program at Towson University.