News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

Scooter Law News Conference

For Immediate Release

September 19, 2012

News Conference

New Motor Scooter Traffic Laws in Effect Oct. 1st

WHAT:                  A news conference providing information about the new laws applicable to the operation of motor scooters and mopeds in the State of Maryland to include:

  • Helmet Requirement
  • Eye Protection Requirement
  • Title Sticker Required
  • Insurance Required

WHY:                    To inform the Maryland public of the new laws affecting operators of motor scooters and mopeds

WHEN:                  September 24, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.

WHERE:                University of Maryland College Park campus / outside the Adele H. Stamp Union


  • Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration - Administrator Kuo
  • Maryland State Police - Major Jerry Jones, Assistant Chief for Field Operations
  • University of Maryland Police - Acting Major Marc Limansky, Media Relations Officer


For Directions to the Stamp Union please view


All members of the media are invited to attend.

For further information please contact A/Major Marc Limansky at 301-405-7402 or



New Explosive Detection K9 Unit












College Park, MD – The University of Maryland Police Department is proud to announce the inception of its Explosive Detection K9 program. Four UMPD handler-K9 pairs have completed a rigorous four month training course and are graduating Friday, August 10th.

The K9-handler teams are trained exclusively for explosive detection purposes and will be deployed on and around the UMD College Park campus and will also serve a critical function at special events such as athletic events, dignitary visits, and any event likely to draw large numbers of attendees.

UMPD is the first university police department to employ canines which can detect and track person-borne explosive substances.

The officers and canines of the Explosive Detection K9 unit graduating are:

MPO Michael Balagtas – “Chief”
MPO John Fitzgerald – “Pink”
MPO Evan McCann – “Sampson”
MPO Matthew Suthard – “Jimbo”

“UMPD is committed to the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors to our University. The addition of our K-9 program enhances our ability to locate and isolate potential hazards or threats toward the University community” – David B. Mitchell, Chief of Police.

For additional information, please contact:
Univ. of MD PD: Major Christopher Jagoe at 301-405-5739
DHS: Mr. Don Roberts (DHS) at 202-254-5850




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