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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UMPD Hires Four New Officers

Pictured from left to right: PFC McDermott, PFC Thompson, PFC Fischer, PFC Runaldue, and Chief Mitchell

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) is proud to announce the hiring of four new Experienced police officers. Private First Class (PFC) Edward McDermott joins UMPD with 9 years of law enforcement experience; PFC Swen Thompson joins UMPD and brings with him 31 years of law enforcement experience. PFC Melissa Fischer joins UMPD with 3 years of law enforcement experience, and PFC James Runaldue brings 15 years of law enforcement experience to UMPD. Our new officers were sworn in by Chief David B. Mitchell earlier today, Monday, August 31, 2015, in front of family and friends.

Welcome and stay safe out there!


University Police Mission:

“To serve the University Community, protect life and property, and enforce the law.”


On-Campus UMD Safety Notice 8/22/15

Please visit for information regarding an on-campus indecent exposure incident that occurred on 08/22/15. The University of Maryland Police Department is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555.


2015 South Campus Commons Move-In Information

Move-In season is upon us!

This weekend students will be moving into their residence at the South Campus Commons (SCC) buildings. If you are coming to campus this weekend, you might encounter some new temporary traffic patterns. But not to worry, our Officers are on site and will help you get to where you need to go to and provide additional assistance as needed.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Knox Road from SCC# 3 building all the way down to the intersection of Mowatt Ln/Guilford Dr is a one-way roadway. Motorist will not be able to go eastbound on Knox Road during this time frame.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Preinkert Drive from Mowatt Lane/SCC #7 building all the way up to the intersection of Campus Drive/ Preinkert Field House is a one-way roadway.

**Local traffic will be permitted to enter parking lots D and A as needed if they are coming from Campus Dr/Preinkert Field House side.**

Long term parking for move-in is Mowatt Lane Parking garage.

We look forward to meeting our new residents as they move-in this weekend and we look forward to another great academic year at the University of Maryland.

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Go Terps!


Law Enforcement Partners host Information Session for Faith-Based Organizations


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