Melissa Hyatt, top Baltimore Police Department official, appointed VP of security for Hopkins  

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Col. Melissa Hyatt, a 20-year member of the Baltimore Police Department and a top official just three rungs below Police Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa, is leaving to head up security for Johns Hopkins University.

Hyatt will be Hopkins’ new vice president for security, the university announced today. She’ll be assigned with overseeing security for Hopkins Medicine and JHU everywhere except the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. She’s succeeding Keith Hill, who was the institution’s first-ever vice president for security. He retired in January.

“I look forward to working with the team at Johns Hopkins, along with all of our local, state and federal law enforcement and government partners, to enhance and maintain a safe, secure environment for students, faculty, clinicians, employees, patients and visitors,” Hyatt said in a statement through Hopkins.

Hyatt rose through the ranks of the police department over two decades. Most recently, she was appointed to helm the department’s Homeland Security and Training Division, though she also served previously as incident commander for De Sousa’s much-touted Violence Reduction Initiative, was chief of the Special Operations Division for several years—a public-facing position that had her overseeing special events—and served in more than half a dozen units, from special weapons and tactics to K9 to communications.

Hyatt’s also been as a public face for the department in other situations, such as protests, as the activist group Baltimore Bloc noted by sharing a video of her attempting to dissuade protesters from disrupting business in the harbor.

For one of his first tweets, De Sousa offered his best wishes: “Thank you for serving the residents of Baltimore well for over 20 years!”

In a statement, Hopkins Senior Vice Presdient for Finance and Administration called Hyatt “an accomplished, mission-driven professional who exudes passion for her work and a love for Baltimore city.”

Her first day on the job is April 9.

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