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10/02/2020 UMD Community Notice

**Community Notice**

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of an incident that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of an incident reported to the Prince George's County Police Department.

 

INCIDENT:                Update to Off-Campus Assault with a Weapon/ Fatal Shooting

OCCURRED:             October 1, 2020 / Approximately 5:10 p.m.

LOCATION:              4800 block of Berwyn House Road, College Park, Maryland

PGPD CASE #:           20-0045768

 

BRIEF DETAILS:

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s UMD text alerts that were sent for an off-campus assault with a weapon. 

 

Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department are working to determine the circumstances that led to a fatal shooting Thursday evening in College Park. The decedent is 28-year-old Christopher Ryan Harrison of Camp Springs. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random shooting. 

 

On October 1st, at approximately 5:10 pm, the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to the 4800 block of Berwyn House Road for a shooting. The decedent was located in a parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. 

 

The University has verified that the decedent has no UMD affiliation.

 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-516-2512. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case number 20-0045768. 

 

When available for release, additional information, including updated descriptions of suspect, 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/

 

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!

 

Safety Resources:

 

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

 

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

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.

 

Prince George's County Police Department

911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

 

UMD Police Walking Escort

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.

 

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

 

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

helpcenterumd.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

301-405-1142 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/

 

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

 

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

The 2020 UMD Annual Security Report Available for Review

Working Together for a Safe Campus

The 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for your review. 

The Annual Security Report (ASR) provides safety and security resources and information to current and prospective students and their parents, as well as to faculty and staff members. Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report.

As you review the ASR, please keep in mind that our community has options for reporting incidents that fall under the Clery Act. Incidents can be reported to police, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), and/or confidential resources. Therefore, not all cases that were reported in the ASR were criminally investigated by law enforcement.  

The Clery Act requires the University of Maryland to count and disclose crimes that occur within four general categories: criminal offenses, hate crimes, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses and Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action. Incidents reported occurred either on-campus, in non-campus buildings or property, or on public property that occurred immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes statistics on crime that occurred where university students stay while on university-sponsored travel, within the United States or abroad, and area crime reported to off-campus law enforcement agencies.

This report also reflects changes in data sets due to revised reporting requirements and the development of new ways to report.  Footnotes, which clarify where changes in reporting have resulted in a noticeable variance from previous years’ reports, are included in the interest of transparency.

The University of Maryland Police Department is responsible for keeping the University of Maryland, College Park campus safe and secure. We do this in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department, working together to keep the surrounding areas safe and secure. 

Programs and resources that we provide include the following, which are highlighted in the report:

  • Emergency 911 Center
  • Patrols by uniformed officers
  • Explosive Detection K9 unit 
  • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Information Analysis Unit
  • Student Police Auxiliary
  • Building Security Services (BSS)
  • Crime prevention programs 
  • Safe Terp Trade Zone (On-line Purchase Exchange Area)
  • Closed circuit video monitoring via our Security Operations Center
  • Blue Light Phones (PERT)
  • Automated License Plate Readers
  • Emergency Alert System (UMD Alerts)
  • UMD Guardian Safety App
  • ShotSpotter
  • AccuWeather 

The ASR is a part of the effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective and is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  We hope you will read the report carefully and use the information to help foster a safer environment for you and for others within our community. Reviewing the information outlined in the ASR will increase your awareness, which will promote future action. 

To view the ASR, please visit:

http://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/AnnualSecurityReport.pdf

Printed copies of the ASR may be obtained from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Pocomoke Building (007), 7569 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3555.

To view the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR), please visit: http://www.essr.umd.edu/fire/report/. The purpose of this report is to disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to our on-campus student housing and to disclose statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.  Individual printed copies of the 2020 AFSR may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, Seneca Building, 4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103, College Park, Maryland 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3960.

As you review the resources listed in the ASR, please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, hours of operations may have changed for some departments. Please check each department’s website for the latest information.

We have no greater priority than the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, and a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone. 

 

David B. Mitchell

Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety

University of Maryland Police Department

 

Safety Resources:

 

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

 

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

 

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

 

Please visit our website at http://www.umpd.umd.edu for further information about our Department.  To stay up to date on the latest news, follow us on Twitter @UMPD and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UMDPoliceDept/ . You can also subscribe to UMPDNews to receive email notifications when new content is added.

UMD Community Notice 09/17/2020

**Community Notice** 

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of an incident that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of an incident reported to the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division.

INCIDENT: Off-Campus Attempted Robbery 

OCCURRED: September 17, 2020/ Approximately 2 a.m. 

LOCATION: Hiker-Biker Trail by parking lot 11B (next to Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex), College Park, MD 

PG Park Police Case #: 20002235                   

BRIEF DETAILS: 

On September 17, 2020, at approximately 12:31 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of an off-campus incident that occurred on September 17, 2020, at approximately 2 a.m. 

A male UMD student was walking southbound on the hiker-biker trail (behind parking lot 11B). A male approached the student from behind and demanded his property. The suspect left going north on the trail. 

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of the suspect are encouraged to contact police at 301-459-9088. 

Additional information, when made available by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division may be found by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our website at http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm .

 

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides an escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like an escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus). You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort. The police escort service is available to community members at all times.

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

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.

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

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division

Emergency: 911 or 301-459-3232/ Non-Emergency 301-459-9088

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

http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

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

**UPDATE** UMPD Seeks the Community's Help in Theft Case

**UPDATE** 09/18/2020

Thank you all for your help. The persons of interest in this case have been identified. Case remains under investigation.

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