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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media contact: Gary Stephenson
June 7, 2006

Baltimore City Police Department veteran takes the helm this summer

Harry Koffenberger, Baltimore City police veteran and senior director ofKoffenberger security at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions’ East Baltimore campus since 1994, has been named vice president of security for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition to his role in security, Koffenberger will also oversee parking and transportation operations at the East Baltimore campus.

Koffenberger replaces Joseph Coppola, a former Secret Service official, who retires this August after more than 12 years as the top security officer.  Coppola is widely credited with unifying a splintered East Baltimore campus security program and creating a highly effective professional program that have reduced crime significantly on campus and become national models for urban campuses.

Koffenberger is a 24-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to retire as a major and district commander of the department’s southeastern district, an area that includes Fells Point, Canton, Highlandtown and Little Italy. Starting as a beat police officer, he was promoted to sergeant and served with the helicopter service. Later, he advanced to the rank of lieutenant in the homicide division. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Koffenberger’s police career was his strong community involvement.

Prior to joining Hopkins, Koffenberger served as a security consultant to the Hopkins East Baltimore medical campus, developing a widely used series of crime awareness seminars for Hopkins staff.  His knowledge of, and involvement with, neighborhood organizations and crime-presentation programs is a hallmark of Koffenberger’s anti-crime philosophy.

Koffenberger graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1969, earning a degree in business administration. His wife, Carolyn, is a teacher in the Harford County public school system. They have two sons; one works in the Hopkins’ Department of Pediatrics and one followed him into law enforcement and is a Baltimore County police officer.