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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " BISHOP ROBINSON " WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICE COMMISSIONER OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Bishop Robinson (police officer)


Bishop L. Robinson
BornJanuary 16, 1927
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedJanuary 6, 2014 (aged 86)
Towson, Maryland
Police career
DepartmentBaltimore Police Department
CountryUnited States
Years of service1952-1987
RankSworn in as an Officer - 1952
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- Sergeant - 1964
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- Lieutenant - 1969
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- Captain - 1971
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- Major - 1973
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- Lieutenant Colonel - 1974
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- Colonel - 1975
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- Deputy Commissioner - 1978
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- Commissioner - 1984
Bishop Lee Robinson (January 16, 1927 – January 6, 2014), was the first African American police commissioner of Baltimore, Maryland. He was the police commissioner from 1984 until 1987.

BiographBISHOP ROBINSON

A graduate of Douglass High SchoolCoppin State University and the University of Baltimore school of law,[1] Robinson joined the department in 1952, earned the rank of sergeant in 1964, Lieutenant in 1969, Captain in 1971, Major in 1973, Lt. Colonel in 1974, Colonel in 1975, Deputy Commissioner of Operations in 1978[2] and Commissioner in 1984. Robinson also represented theBaltimore Police Department in the founding of NOBLE, a national organization of African American police officers from various American cities in 1976,[3] and rose to the rank of commissioner in 1984.[4]
For Robinson's first 14 years in the department until 1966, African American officers were quarantined in rank, not allowed to patrol in white neighborhoods, and barred from the use of squad cars[5] during a time period where the Civil Rights MovementVietnam War, and Black Power movements took place. Robinson was elevated to the command of Commissioner in a department long dominated by Irish American officers and briefly dominated by Italian American officers[6] as a means of giving African Americanofficers control of the department as Baltimore City became solidly Majority African American.[7]
Following his service as Baltimore Police Commissioner, he served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services from 1987 to 1997 in the Cabinet of Governors William Donald Schaefer and Parris Glendening. Despite the urging of Schaefer, Robinson opted not to run for Mayor of Baltimore in the 1999 mayoral election.[8] He subsequently served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice in the Cabinet of Governor Glendenning from 2000 to 2003.[9]
Robinson died on January 6, 2014 at the age of 86. He had been suffering from Alzheimers disease.[1