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News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. During this event, members of the community can safely dispose of their unwanted, unused and/or expired prescription drugs at the Pocomoke Building (7965 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD).

This service is free and anonymous. No questions asked.

If you will not be in the College Park area, please visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ to find a collection site near you.

UMD Safety Notice 10/18/2021

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.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ 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

https://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 and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

301-405-1142  

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

UMD Safety Notice 10/15/2021

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.

The IRS will never call to demand payment, such as prepaid debt cards, gift cards, wire transfer or bitcoin. Neither will Law Enforcement/Immigration. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe taxes.

If you find yourself on the phone with a scammer, hang up. Call the police to report the incident.

If you received an email, don’t respond. Report the email as spam and call the police.

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/ 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

https://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 and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

301-405-1142  

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

Blessings of the Badge/ Faith & Blue Service

Please join the University of Maryland Police Department for Blessings of the Badge/ Faith & Blue Service on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 10 a.m., at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel. At this event, we will offer prayers and blessings of protection for all officers, their families and community members.

Light refreshments will be served following the service on the patio.

National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue) is a collaborative initiative that builds bridges and breaks down biases through activities and outreach amongst law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve. National Faith & Blue Weekend is based on the premise that strong communities are built on mutual respect, trust and understanding. Law enforcement entities and faith-based groups are key pillars of a local community, and when they work together, neighborhoods thrive.

UMD Safety Notice 10/1/2021

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

https://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 and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

301-405-1142  

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

 

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

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

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