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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Weather Information from UMPD

Dear University of Maryland Community,

Weather can be unpredictable, and we are currently anticipating severe weather this weekend that may include heavy rains, high winds, and possible flooding.  The University of Maryland Police Department is actively monitoring weather forecasts and working diligently to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors and to mitigate any possible impact of the storm. 

If the campus begins to experience dangerous effects of the storm, all safety updates will be issued via text and email through UMD Alerts. If you have not subscribed to receive UMD Text Alerts, I urge you to do so by visiting

For those attending Saturday’s B1G home opener against the University of Michigan, the game time has been rescheduled for a 12 p.m. kick-off due to weather.  Please visit for more information.  Game day parking permits for this Saturday’s game are sold out. Any patrons attending the game and are in need of parking need to park at off-campus locations, such as the College Park Metro parking garage. For more information please visit:

As you prepare for activities on and around campus this evening and throughout the weekend, please keep in mind the following tips and precautions:

  • If power goes out, do not use candles for light
  • Charge your cell phone ahead of a possible storm, conserve power on your mobile device, and only use for emergencies
  • Program the campus emergency phone number, 301.405.3333 or #3333 into your cell phone.  Report any emergencies immediately to University Police.
  • Have food and water available in your room or apartment
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and portable radio with fresh batteries
  • During the storm, stay indoors.  Move to lower levels of your building during periods of high winds and stay away from windows

For additional information on how to be prepared, visit and .


Chief David Mitchell

University of Maryland Police Department


FBI Issues Press Release Regarding Phone Scams

The FBI has issued a press release regarding phone scams towards college students. Please visit for more information. We have no reason to believe students at the University of Maryland are being targeted. This information is provided to make you more aware of these type of scams, and if you do become a victim to call police to file a report.


College Park Day 2015

This Saturday, UMPD will be at College Park Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us, as we provide information on safety and security.

UMPD to Participate in DEA's Drug Take Back Day

College Park, MD – On September 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in its Tenth Annual Prescription Drug Take Back event, the public has embraced the opportunity these take-back events provide to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  UMPD site collected approximately 52lbs. of unused pharmaceuticals. 

Thank you to our partners with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and everyone who assisted with the event.


The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) is hosting a "Terp Take Back" site as part of the DEA's Drug Take Back event this Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10am to 2pm at UMPD Headquarters (7569 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD).

Solid medication accepted with or without the original container. Liquid medication accepted in original containers only. Personal information should be removed from containers. No intra-venous solutions, injectibles, or syringes please.



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