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Public Safety firsts: Bishop Robinson

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is proud to count among its employees so many “firsts.” We will continue to spotlight some of our high achievers throughout Black History Month and beyond.

TOWSON, MD — Despite growing up in the Jim Crow south, Bishop Robinson spent his life dedicated to making Maryland a safer, better place for all of its residents.

Robinson, who was born in 1927, started his law enforcement career with the Baltimore City Police Department at a time when black officers were not allowed to patrol white neighborhoods or drive squad cars.

In time, however, Robinson would earn the recognition he deserved for his dedication. In 1984 he became commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department.

After retiring from the police department, Robinson joined the Maryland Department of Public Safety.

Robinson, who was born in 1927, was the only person to serve three terms as Public Safety’s secretary¬†(1987-1997). During his tenure, Robinson reformed several long-troubled facilities and expanded the alternatives for low-risk offenders to traditional incarceration.

Robinson died in 2014. He is remembered for his integrity and ethics, his fairness and forward-thinking, and his lifelong dedication to public service.