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Gun Safety and Awareness Seminar March 14, 2013 at 7pm

Professor Tom Mauriello and representatives from the University of Maryland Police Department will be holding a presentation to discuss gun violence andto provide information on gun safety and awareness.  This will be located at 1400 Marie Mount Hall on tonight (3/14) at 7:00 P.M. and will last until 9:00 P.M.

This event will also be broadcasted on Professor Mauriello's webcast show "forensicweek.com" live.  This event will also be found on the YouTube channel of the same name after the event.

 

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Storm Forecast for Tuesday Evening Through Wednesday Evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Baltimore-Washington area—meaning there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulation--in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening, with the possibility of snow accumulations of more than five inches and a potential for significant snowfall within the watch area.  Officials forecast precipitation mixing with and changing to snow Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday evening with temperatures in the lower and mid-30s and winds 10 to 20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH.  Uncertainty remains with the track of the low pressure front and location of the rain-snow line which ultimately will determine snowfall totals.  Potential impacts include difficult driving conditions, heavy, wet snow, and gusty winds leading to power outages. 

  Winter Storm Saturn

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has dubbed this storm “Snowquester;” though meteorologists continue to watch the forecast models to assess potential accumulation, there seems to be consensus that there will be snow Wednesday.  The Weather Channel has dubbed this Winter Storm Saturn, and predicts significant travel impacts to include flight delays that may ripple through the East Coast through Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, even if significant storm impacts remain in the Mid-Atlantic area.  Snow is likely Wednesday, with rain or snow mainly east of I-95.  The snow could be heavy at times.  But if the storm tracks too far south, lighter precipitation would be expected, and more rain may mix with the snow, even west of I-95. Snow and/or rain tapers off Wednesday night, with lows 30-34 (suburbs-city). 

 Snowfall Estimates

A summary of snow accumulation predictions:

  • Chance of 2” or more: 70-80 percent
  • Chance of 5” or more: 45-60 percent
  • Chance of 10” or more: 10-30 percent

Note: The low end of the ranges apply to D.C./I-95 and points east, while the higher end of the ranges apply to areas west of D.C. and I-95 (where the accumulation potential is greater due to colder temperatures).

Source: NWS Winter Storm Watch, Washington Post, Washington Post, Weather Channel, Accuweather

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2/05/2013 Reported Armed Robbery Determined to be False

On 02/05/2013 at approximately midnight, Teshauna Nicole Jones reported that she was robbed at gunpoint on Paintbranch Parkway near Rhode Island Avenue.  After extensive searching and reviewing of surveillance tape, it was determined that Jones' statement was a fabrication.  Prince George's Police Department detectives interviewed Jones again and she admitted to making up the robbery because she owed a relative money.  On 02/08/2013, Jones was charged with making a false statement and is currently awaiting trial.

Further information can be found on PGPD's blog.

Chief David Mitchell Receives Tribute for Over 40 years of Public Service

Chief Mitchell is receiving a tribute today from the Public Safety Leadership Association for his extensive and multi-faceted career and breadth of law enforcement experience.  Law enforcement leaders including MSP Superintendent Brown and Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw were in attendance as Chief Mitchell was recognized by the Public Safety Leadership Association.

The law enforcement career of David B. Mitchell spans four decades. His career began in 1971 as a Police Officer in Prince George's County, Maryland. He worked his way up the ranks, and in 1990 was appointed Chief of Police. For the next five years, he led the 38th largest police department in the nation, serving a population of over 750,000 people. In 1995, Governor Parris Glendening appointed Dave Mitchell to his cabinet as the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. As Superintendent, he led the seventh largest state police department in the nation for eight years, including during the 9-11 attacks in 2001 and the DC Sniper case in 2003.

After retiring from the State Police, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed Dave as the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in 2004. For the next five years, he led a department of over 1,000 employees to provide for the safety and security of Delaware's citizens and property using an "All Hazards and All Citizens Approach."

Today, Dave Mitchell is the Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police for the University of Maryland, College Park. As such, he leads over 200 personnel, serving a population of 60,000 students and staff at the University of Maryland's flagship campus.

In 1981 Dave graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland, University College. In 1986 he earned his master's degree in Public Policy (Financial Management) from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. In 1996 Dave earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

Dave is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (154th session) and the FBI National Executive Institute (1991).

Dave is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Division of Public Safety Leadership, University of Maryland, and the University of Maryland, University College.

Please join us in congratulating Chief Mitchell on his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to public service!

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