John Skinner



Contact Info

CLA, Room 3304


M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore, 2001
B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Dayton, 1992

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Investigations
Police Administration and Management
Homeland Security
Criminal Intelligence


John Skinner is the former Deputy Police Commissioner and retired 21-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. As Deputy Police Commissioner, John 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, tactical and patrol operations.

John was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 2010 by the National Alliance of Mental Illness for his collaborative partnerships in training police officers. In 2009, he was recognized by the United States Department of Justice for the development of the Patrol Response Survey, an evaluation program that measures the community's perception of police performance. John was also named "Baltimorean of the Year" by Baltimore Magazine for the creation of the Safe Zone Project, a nationally recognized community stabilization strategy.

John has been a member of the faculty at Towson University since 2004.