UMPD News

News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department


Welcome to UMPD News

The UMPD News site has been created to provide you with timely information about incidents and events on the UMD campus, and also contains information about UMPD's community policing and crime prevention efforts.  In the event of a serious situation on campus requiring the issuance of a UMD Emergency Alert (what's this?), a UMPD Media Relations officer will post a description of what is happening and provide regular updates as the situation unfolds. 

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If you have questions, please contact our Media Relations Office at 301-405-9960 and we will be happy to assist you.

Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice 10/26/14

Please visit http://www.umdps.umd.edu/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=753 for information regarding an off-campus incident involving a handgun that occurred on 10/25/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

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Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice 10/19/14

Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=752 for information regarding an off-campus incident that occurred on 10/19/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

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Off-Campus UMD Safety Notices 10/08/14

Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=751 for information regarding an off-campus residential burglary that occurred on 10/08/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

Please visit http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=750 for information regarding an off-campus residential burglary that occurred on 10/05/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

Please visit http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=749 for information regarding an off-campus residential burglary that occurred on 10/05/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

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UMD Tailgating Tips

Great games start with good sportsmanship, and good sportsmanship starts in the parking lots.  UMD wants to provide a safe and family friendly environment for all game attendees.   Please follow these guidelines on game days.

  • Plan ahead.  Pack food, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy prior to the game.  Focus on camaraderie and share your UMD spirit with family and friends.
  • Make sure to bring your designated game-day parking pass, and follow parking guidelines.  Use landscaped areas or space immediately in front of your car, while still allowing vehicle access through the lots.  This allows emergency vehicles to pass as needed.
  • Grills are NOT allowed in parking garages.
  • Know the stadium restrictions, and don’t bring items to the gates that aren’t allowed.  Prohibited items include alcohol, weapons, food, strollers, and umbrellas. 
  • Check out TERPTOWN and get to the game early and enjoy seeing the band march in, and check out the stadium amenities to avoid a last minute rush at the gate.

There are some things you should know about alcohol consumption.

  • All alcohol must be consumed prior to entry into the stadium.  Alcohol consumption is NOT ALLOWED while in line at entry gates.
  • Public consumption of alcohol in the parking lots while the game is being played is not allowed.  If you are here for a Maryland Athletic event, you should be attending the event. 
  • Common containers, such as beer kegs, and party balls, are prohibited on University of Maryland property. Excessive quantities of alcohol will be subject to removal or confiscation.

The University of Maryland Police Department differentiates between a “tailgate” and a “party” and a party may be disbanded and attendees removed from the lots.   UMPD alcohol enforcement efforts at the games will continue to locate and identify these parties and hold individuals and or entities accountable for illegal activities.

  • A tailgate has a variety of food and beverages, including non-alcoholic beverages, available in sufficient quantities for the number of people attending.  
  • A party has some of the following characteristics:
  • Common containers such as kegs, party balls, large containers of mixed drinks, beer tubs, trash cans of beer
  • Loud music
  • Drinking games
  • Underage drinkers
  • Lack of food
  • Large or excessive quantities of alcohol
  • Large numbers of people

Relevant Maryland State and Local Law - The following laws may be enforced at any time by officers.

  •             Under Maryland State Law and University Regulations, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age is strictly prohibited.
  •             Furnishing or providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age is prohibited by State Law.
  •             Urinating in public is prohibited by County Code.
  •             Disorderly conduct, and conduct related to disorderly intoxication is prohibited by State Law.
  •             Littering is prohibited by both State Law and County Code. 
  •             Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or impaired by alcohol is prohibited by State Law.

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