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**UPDATE from the Armed Subject Alert that was sent Earlier Today**

**UPDATE from the Armed Subject Alert that was sent Earlier Today**

OCCURRED:             February 20, 2018/ Approximately 11:55 a.m.

LOCATION:              Annapolis Hall

UMPD CASE #:         2018-11905

BRIEF DETAILS:

On February 20, 2018, at approximately 12:01 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department received a call about a female armed with a handgun that was in a holster, possibly with a badge, at Annapolis Hall. As officers searched for the individual, UMPD received a call from a female who informed us that she was the person we were seeking from Annapolis Hall. Officers met with the female at the College Park Shopping Center. It was determined that she was an off-duty officer from another law enforcement agency and her clothing had shifted which exposed her handgun without her knowledge. The female was on campus conducting personal business and posed no threat to our community.

We commend the caller who brought this situation to our attention. Remember, if you see something, say something.

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

http://www.umdhelpcenter.org/

Counseling Center

301-314-7651

http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)

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 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

ocrsm.umd.edu

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

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A Message from UMPD Regarding Yesterday’s Tragic Event in Florida

Dear Campus Community,

Yesterday’s horrific incident in Parkland, Florida is a sobering reminder that such incidents continue to happen and often lead to more questions than answers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community.

Currently, there are no active threats toward our campus. It is extremely important to remember that,     If You See Something, Say Something.  If you notice an individual that is behaving in a manner that is unsettling, please call the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) right away so an investigation can begin. Furthermore, UMPD remains vigilant all day, every day, to protect our campus from harm.

This campus has a Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment (BETA) Team, which immediately evaluates reports about students who appear to be concerning, disruptive, or threatening. For more information, please visit https://studentaffairs.umd.edu/staff-faculty/beta-team .

While UMPD trains for active shooter incidents, our students, faculty and staff must also be prepared. If you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan.  The plan doesn't have to be complicated. There are three things you can do that make a difference: RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. To learn more about these three steps, I urge you to you watch Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving An Active Shooter Event video.

Our instructors are available to meet with your division, department, or student group, to talk more about active shooter preparedness.  To request a presentation, please contact Captain Ecker at kecker@umpd.umd.edu

As always, I ask that you register your cell phone with UMD Alerts and download the UMD Guardian Safety App. Simply visit https://www.alert.umd.edu/ to register your cell phone and you will receive text messages from UMPD in the event of an emergency. By downloading the UMD Guardian app, you can text a tip to UMPD and have the ability to include a photo.

Both resources are free and help when seconds count in an emergency.

 

David B. Mitchell

Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety

University of Maryland Police Department

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02/08/17 Community Alert

Earlier today, officers from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to the 8800 block of 36th Avenue for an off-campus robbery. It was reported that a suspects came onto campus near the Chesapeake Building. Officers searched the area for the suspect, but were unable to locate the suspect. UMPD officers have since cleared the scene but continue to maintain a presence on campus. The Prince George’s County Police Department continues to investigate this incident.

Text messages and emails were sent to members of our community alerting them of the situation. To view the messages, please visit https://alert.umd.edu/alerts

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2018 Spring Safety Message

Dear Campus Community,

With classes back in session, this is an ideal time to remind everyone of the safety resources that are available and to update you on how we are working to keep our campus safe.

We continue to see a decrease in crime on our campus, with crime rates falling almost 7 percent in 2017. Last year our officers responded to over 82,000 calls for service, which includes but is not limited to responding to calls, initiating traffic stops, conducting building checks across our campus community, responding to vehicle and building lockouts, investigating traffic accidents, and walking escorts. To see the crime trend for the past ten years and the decreasing trend of crime on our campus, please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/ucr/ .

Last month, UMPD’s Criminal Investigation Unit charged a person in connection with two Ellicott Dining Hall hate bias related vandalism incidents. We take all incidents of hate bias very seriously, which is reflected in our effort to identity the person responsible. During the investigation, handwriting samples and photos of the graffiti were submitted for forensic analysis, and results of the forensic analysis led us to file charges against the person. To read the full announcement, please visit https://go.umd.edu/umpdpressrelease .

We encourage members of our UMD community to download the UMD Guardian Safety App if you have not already done so. This can serve as a virtual walking escort service, automatically contacting UMPD if you do not arrive at your expected destination. When you register for UMD Guardian as a member of the University of Maryland community, your Smart911 user profile is automatically created. Your profile is kept private and can only be displayed in the event that you make an emergency call or text a tip to UMPD. In the profile, you can provide descriptions and medical information that would help UMPD respond faster to your emergency.

As always, we ask that you register your cell phone with UMD Alerts by visiting https://www.alert.umd.edu/ . You will receive text messages from UMPD in the event of an active emergency.

UMPD is here as a resource for you in keeping our community safe. If you see something of concern, please contact us. Together, we can all keep our community safe.

 

David B. Mitchell

Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety

University of Maryland Police Department

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