News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

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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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Got Drugs? Turn In Your Unused or Expired Medication for Safe Disposal

The University of Maryland Police is hosting a "Terp Take Back" site as part of the DEA's Drug Take Back event this Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm out front of the UMPD Station located on Rossborough Lane across from Ritchie Coliseum.

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.

Changes to UMD Alerts System

 Dear UMD Alert Subscriber,

The University of Maryland Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of all members of the University community, especially during emergency situations. Effective, real-time communication is key to successfully managing any crisis that may occur on UMD's campus.

The UMD Alert system is the channel we use to provide critical information and instructions, as needed.

Since 2007, any person affiliated with the University of Maryland has been able to subscribe to UMD Alerts.  The large number of subscribers, approximately 160,000, have impeded the system at times and delayed the delivery time of messages to those who need it most—our current students, faculty and staff.  

In an effort to improve the speed of notification to the campus community, effective today, the UMD Alerts text and email messaging system will only send updates to current students, faculty and staff.

All registered students and employees with active UIDs will remain in the system and no action is required to remain subscribed to UMD Alerts. If you are a current student or employee and need to change or update your contact information for the alert notifications, please log in to UMD Alerts (

If you are not a current student, faculty or staff member, we welcome you to follow us on Twitter (@UMPD), Facebook (University of Maryland Department of Public Safety) or subscribe to the UMPD news site ( Notifications will be posted to the news site and social media when UMD Alerts are issued. Instructions on how to subscribeto UMPD News are available at  

If you are a College Park resident and not affiliated with the University, you may register to receive relevant updates at

For additional information, please visit our website:

Be Smart, Be Safe!

David. B. Mitchell

Chief of Police

Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice 04/13/14

Please visit  for information regarding an off-campus robbery that occurred on 04/13/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

**ARREST MADE** in Biology-Psychology Voyeur Incident


UMPD arrest male for the Biology-Psychology Voyeur Incident

Ernest Attakora Marfo

The University of Maryland Police Department has made an arrest in the April 2nd, voyeur/peeping tom incident that occurred inside a women’s bathroom at Biology-Psychology building just before 5 p.m.  Ernest Attakora Marfo, 21 yoa, of Reisterstown, Maryland.

A female UMD employee went to use the bathroom at Biology-Psychology building, when she noticed a cell phone on the floor with the lens portion pointed towards her direction inside the bathroom stall. The victim felt uncomfortable and left the bathroom immediately. The victim re-entered the bathroom and questioned the individual who was still in the stall. The individual grabbed his cell phone and left.

On April 3rd, 2014, UMPD detectives received information regarding a possible suspect in the Biology-Psychology voyeur incident. On April 7th, 2014, detectives followed up with the information and confirmed that the possible suspect was connected with the offense that occurred inside the women’s bathroom. 

UMPD officers arrested Ernest Attakora Marfo and charged him with:

Criminal charge 3-901c – Visual surveillance and Education Article 26-101b - Disturbing activities at a school or college; molesting or threating students or school personnel prohibited. 

For questions regarding this press release, please contact the Public Information Officer, Sgt. Hoaas at 301-405-9960


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