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UMD Advisory: Police Training Today

UMD Advisory: Police Training Today

UMPD is conducting training at Maryland Stadium today, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Officers carrying long guns may be visible as part of this training. Expect to see police cars parked within the stadium during this time.

 

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333/ 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian
  
Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

NITE Ride
301-314-6483
http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
http://helpcenterumd.org

Counseling Center
301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE)
301-741-3442
http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center
301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)

301-405-1142

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu

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University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD ALERT: Last Update

UMD ALERT: Last Update

This is the last update for the gas line struck incident. The gas leak is contained. Washington Gas remains on site to complete repairs. 

 

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333 / #3333 from a mobile phone / 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

 

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian
  
Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

NITE Ride
301-314-6483
http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
http://helpcenterumd.org

Counseling Center
301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)
301-741-3442
http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center
301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

301-405-1142
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu 
ocrsm.umd.edu


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University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD ALERT: Update in Gas Line Struck Incident

UMD ALERT: Update in Gas Line Struck Incident

Washington Gas is on their way. Officers remain on scene. Please continue to stay away from the area by using alternative paths of travel and follow police directions.    

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333 / 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian
  
Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

NITE Ride
301-314-6483
http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
http://helpcenterumd.org

Counseling Center
301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)
301-741-3442
http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center
301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) 301-405-1142 TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu


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UMD ALERT: Gas Line Struck

UMD ALERT: Gas Line Struck

A gas line was struck on Stadium Drive at Engineering Drive (Between Regents Drive and Paint Branch Drive). Please stay away from the area and follow police directions.  

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333 / 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian
  
Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

NITE Ride
301-314-6483
http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
http://helpcenterumd.org

Counseling Center
301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)
301-741-3442
http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center
301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) 301-405-1142 TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu


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4th Degree Burglaries (Unlawful Entry)

4th Degree Burglaries (Unlawful Entry)

INCIDENT:                4th Degree Burglaries (Unlawful Entry)  

OCCURRED:             October 17, 2021 (Sunday)/ Approximately 3:20 p.m.

LOCATION:               Cumberland Hall and Bel Air Hall, College Park, Maryland

UMPD CASE NUMBERS:    2021-80708 and 2021-80709

BRIEF DETAILS:

On October 17, 2021, at approximately 3:47 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department responded to Cumberland Hall and Bel Air Hall for reports of suspicious activity.

At Cumberland Hall, it was reported that a male not known to the residents, was walking around inside the building.

One resident reported that the male followed her to her residence and was told to leave. When the resident saw that the male was still outside of her residence, the resident told the male to leave again, and he complied. The male also entered a residence that was unoccupied and left and then entered a second residence that was occupied and was told by the residents to leave.

At Bel Air Hall, it was reported that the same individual at Cumberland Hall also entered Bel Air Hall. A male student approached the individual and told him to leave in which he complied and left the building.

The suspect is described as a black male, appeared to be in his 20s - 30s, wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, khaki pants and brown shoes.

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Criminal Investigations Unit are investigating these incidents.

Individuals with any information regarding these incidents are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

When available for release, additional information, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site:
http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/home

Safety Tips:

Do not let others into your building or onto residential floors, stairwells, elevators, etc. unless you know them as residents of your building. Anyone you can't identify as a resident of your building should be asked to use an outside telephone to call the resident they are coming to visit. 

Close and latch any door you may find propped. If you are at a residence hall and noticed that a door is not securing properly, please contact 301-314-9675. For all other buildings, contact 301-405-3555.

Report suspicious persons or activity to UMPD (301-405-3333/ 911 or via the UMD Guardian app) and to your service desk/any Resident Life staff member.

Keep your room door locked, when you’re asleep, down the hall, in the shower, or visiting others in your building.

Never enter your residence if you see that a door or window has been forced open. Go to the nearest safe place and contact the local police immediately.


Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.

UMD Safety Notice – Multiple Incidents of Fraud (scams)

UMD Safety Notice – Multiple Incidents of Fraud (scams)

INCIDENT:                Multiple Incidents of Fraud (scams)

OCCURRED:             Between September 5, 2021, and October 11, 2021

LOCATION:               University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

UMPD CASE NUMBERS:    2021-69323, 2021-75257, 2021-77792, 2021-79267 and 2021-80001

BRIEF DETAILS:

We write to you this evening to make you aware of multiple incidents of fraud (scams) that have been reported in our area.

Since September, we have received five reports of fraud with the most recent incident reported to the University of Maryland Police Department on October 14, 2021. The victims in these cases are University affiliated.

Below is a summary of the incidents that were reported to police:

  • One victim received a phone call from an individual claiming to be from a foreign government entity who had a warrant for their arrest.
  • The other four victims were defrauded over various social media apps.
    • In one instance an individual claimed to be an investor who made false guarantees of financial gain.
    • In the remaining three incidents, each victim engaged in a consensual conversation with an unknown individual on-line. The individual then threatened to release photos of the victim if they didn’t pay the individual.

In all of these incidents, a scammer made false accusations paired with fear tactics to convince the victim to buy gift cards and/or send US currency as payment in order to avoid any further action taken against them.

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Criminal Investigations Unit are investigating these incidents.

Individuals with any information regarding these incidents are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

When available for release, additional information, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site:
http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/home

It is important to remember the following tips:

  • Scammers pretend to be from an organization you know. Such as the Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Medicare, police, etc.
  • Scammers always say there is a problem. They might say you’re in trouble with the government, you owe money, you have a warrant, or a problem with your bank account.
  • Scammers pressure you to act immediately. They want you to act before you think. They will tell you not to hang up the phone, threaten to arrest you, deport you, or threaten to hack your information. Just to name a few.
  • Scammers will tell you to pay in a specific way. They often tell people to send money through a money transfer company or purchase gift cards and have you read the back of the gift card number to them, or they will tell you that they will send you a check (that will later turn out to be fake), tell you to deposit it and then send them the money.

If you believe you are a victim of a scam, contact UMPD to file a report at 301-405-3555. You may also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint, or call 877-382-4357. 


Safety Tips:

Don’t give out Personal Identifying Information (PII), such as Social Security Number or government issued photo to scammers. They can use this information to steal your identity and open accounts in your name.

Don’t send photos of yourself to scammers. They will use the photo and release it to people you know and on-line.

Gift cards are for gifts, NOT payments.

UMD Alert Test

UMD Alert Test

First Wednesday of each month at 11:55 a.m., the campus tests the UMD Alert Emergency Notification System, Alertus System and Early Warning Sirens.  These are only tests.

In the event of an emergency, you will receive text and email notifications with information regarding the nature of the emergency and necessary protective actions.

UMD affiliates may edit their mobile device settings at alert.umd.edu.

Contact Information:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

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University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD Alert Test

UMD Alert Test

First Wednesday of each month at 11:55 a.m., the campus tests the UMD Alert Emergency Notification System, Alertus System and Early Warning Sirens.  These are only tests.

In the event of an emergency, you will receive text and email notifications with information regarding the nature of the emergency and necessary protective actions.

UMD affiliates may edit their mobile device settings at alert.umd.edu.

Contact Information:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

Sent by University of Maryland Police Department
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD Safety Notice – 4th Degree Sex Offense (unlawful touching)

UMD Safety Notice – 4th Degree Sex Offense (unlawful touching)

INCIDENT:                4th Degree Sex Offense (unlawful touching) 

OCCURRED:             October 1, 2021 (Friday)/ Approximately 8:09 a.m.

LOCATION:              Campus Drive by the Art-Sociology Building, College Park, Maryland

UMPD CASE #:         2021-76652

BRIEF DETAILS:

On October 1, 2021, at approximately 8:11 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of a 4th degree sex offense (unlawful touching) that occurred minutes prior. A female student reported to police that she was running on Campus Drive near the Art-Sociology Building when a male approached her and touched her inappropriately.

The suspect is described as black male, approximately 5’7” tall, appeared to be in his 20s, with short loose curly hair. He was wearing a gray shirt and dark pants.

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

When available for release, additional information, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site:
http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/home

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides a walking escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like a walking escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555. You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort. 

Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.

Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

 

Prince George's County Police Department

911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

 

UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555

 

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

 

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

The 2021 Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are Now Available

The 2021 Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are Now Available

Working Together for a Safe Campus

The 2021 Annual Safety and Security Report (ASR) and Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) are available for your review. 

The ASR provides safety and security resources and information to current and prospective students and their parents, as well as to faculty and staff members. Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report. The ASR is a part of the effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective and is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The purpose of the AFSR report is to disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to our on-campus student housing and to disclose statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. 

As you review the ASR, please keep in mind that our community has options for reporting incidents that fall under the Clery Act. Incidents can be reported to police, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), and/or confidential resources. Therefore, not all cases that were reported in the ASR were criminally investigated by law enforcement.  

The Clery Act requires the University of Maryland to count and disclose crimes that occur within four general categories: criminal offenses, hate crimes, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses and Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action. Incidents reported occurred either on-campus, in non-campus buildings or property, or on public property that occurred immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes statistics on crime that occurred where university students stay while on university-sponsored travel, within the United States or abroad, and area crime reported to off-campus law enforcement agencies.

This report also reflects changes in data sets due to revised reporting requirements and the development of new ways to report.  Footnotes, which clarify where changes in reporting have resulted in a noticeable variance from previous years’ reports, are included in the interest of transparency.

During 2020, the University of Maryland Community faced numerous challenges.  Despite these challenges, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) continued to work on-campus 24/7, 7 days a week to serve and protect the university, ensuring campus safety was UMPD’s priority during a global pandemic. Throughout 2020, UMPD responded to over 94,000 calls for service; these include but are not limited to: responding to emergency and non-emergency calls, initiating traffic stops, conducting building checks across our campus community, responding to vehicle and building lockouts, investigating traffic accidents and providing walking escorts.

Programs and resources that we provide include the following, which are highlighted in the report:

  • Emergency 911 Center
  • Patrols by uniformed officers
  • Explosive Detection K9 unit 
  • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Information Analysis Unit
  • Student Police Auxiliary
  • Building Security Services (BSS)
  • Crime prevention programs 
  • Safe Terp Trade Zone (On-line Purchase Exchange Area)
  • Closed circuit video monitoring via our Security Operations Center
  • Blue Light Phones (PERT)
  • Automated License Plate Readers
  • Emergency Alert System (UMD Alerts)
  • UMD Guardian Safety App
  • ShotSpotter
  • AccuWeather 

Printed copies of the ASR may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Pocomoke Building (007), 7569 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3555.

Printed copies of the AFSR may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, Seneca Building, 4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103, College Park, Maryland 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3960.

We hope you will read the reports carefully and use the information to help foster a safer environment for you and for others within our community. Reviewing the information will increase your awareness, which will promote future action. 

We have no greater priority than the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, and a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone. 

David B. Mitchell

Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety

University

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