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UMD Police Officers Among Those Honored at UMD Veterans Day Service

The University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs organized a Veterans Day program to honor University students, faculty and staff who who served in the Armed Forces. Several police officers and civilian employees of the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety were recognized.  Captain Robert Mueck, former Army and Coast Guard Reserve, and current Deputy Commander of the UMDPS Support Services Bureau spoke at the event.  The event took place November 9, 2012, at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel. 

"The parallels drawn between military and law enforcement service are vast and the line between them is often blurred. Both are fighting a war—with our military fighting overseas and our law enforcement often fighting the war on crime domestically. Both professions require courage and bravery—and breed American heroes." - Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

We are forever indebted to our officers and employees, and all veterans who served this great nation in military service.

 

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety Officers and Employees who Served or Are Serving

Captain Robert Mueck - Army; Coast Guard Reserve
Lieutenant John Cassady - Coast Guard Reserve
Lieutenant Brian Lintz - Air Force
Sergeant Shawn Elliott - Marine Corps
Sergeant Greg Brown - Army Reserve; Served in Iraq
Corporal Jerry Martin - Air Force
Master Patrol Officer Michael Balagtas - Navy
Master Patrol Officer Garwood Diggs - Air Force
Master Patrol Officer Jonas Ellis - Army
Master Patrol Officer Dwight Franklin - Army National Guard; Served in Afghanistan
Master Patrol Officer John Hampton - Air Force
Master Patrol Officer Roy Hill - Marine Corps Reserve
Master Patrol Officer Alex Smallwood - Army National Guard; Served in Iraq
Master Patrol Officer Tonya Walker - Army
Master Patrol Officer Dillon Williams - Marine Corps
Private First Class Vincent Deere - Air Force
Mr. Jaap Bier - Army
Mr. Brian Parham - Marine Corps
Mr. Tim Spencer - Marine Corps
Mr. Arnold Young - Army

 

UMD Police Make Quick Apprehension in Strong-Arm Robbery Case

On November 11, 2012 at approximately 3:15 a.m. the Prince George's County Police provided UMPD dispatchers with a description of suspects involved in a strong-arm robbery that had occured off campus on Knox Road in College Park.  At 4:15 a.m., a University of Maryland officer observed a vehicle in Lot K matching the description of the suspect vehicle.  The officer stopped the vehicle and noticed that the occupants matched the description given earlier by PGPD.  The student made a positive identification and the occupants were arrested and turned over the the PGPD detectives for further processing and investigation. 

Additional information about the incident may be obtained from the Prince George's County Police, Media Relations Division.

 

 

No Robbery on 11/1/12; Possible Assault

On November 1, 2012 at approximately 2:20 a.m., University of Maryland Police issued an alert for a possible strong-arm robbery occurring in the College Park Shopping Center (7300 block Baltimore Avenue).  The investigation conducted by the Prince George's County Police revealed that a robbery did not occur, but was more likely a simple assault.  PGPD is still investigating whether or not a crime was actually committed.

Obtaining information from the victim at the scene was extremely difficult due to his level of intoxication. Detectives will be re-interviewing the victim in an attempt to determine what had transpired.

University of Maryland Police sent out an alert to the campus community because it was thought at the time that a suspect was still at-large in the area. We feel that it is better to alert the community in order to build awareness so that people can make the best decisions with regard to their safety. While people should always be aware of their surroundings, when we believe that there is a danger to the public at the time, we always err on the side of caution when alerting the campus community.

 

UMD Police Make Quick Arrest in Off-Campus Assault

On October 28, 2012 at approximately 2:40 a.m. a male student reported to police that he was walking in a private alley behind the establishments at the 8400 block of Knox Road when he was assaulted by three males who took his cell phone and wallet.  The male walked to College Avenue and Yale Avenue where he flagged down a University of Maryland police officer to report the offense.  The Prince Georges County Police were notified.  A short while later, University of Maryland police officers located suspects fitting the description in the College Park Parking Garage.  The victim identified the suspects as the individuals who committed the offense. University Police arrested one adult male, Darell Summers, 19, of Odenton, and two juvenile males, ages 15 and 16, for the crime.  No weapons were used in the commission of the crime.  The victim was uninjured.

Hurricane Sandy

Dear University of Maryland Community,

Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin affecting UMD College Park on Monday.  The campus administration is working together to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff and to mitigate the impact of the storm.  Please view Provost Rankin's message to the University Community at http://www.umd.edu/hot-topics.cfm?topic=19041.

Please consider the following tips and precautions:

  • Have food and water available in your room or apartment
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and portable radio with fresh batteries
  • During the storm, stay indoors.  Move to lower levels of your building during periods of high winds and stay away from windows
  • If power goes out, do not use candles for light
  • Conserve power on your mobile device; only use for emergencies

If the campus begins to experience dangerous effects of the storm, the Department of Public Safety will issue text and email alerts through UMD Alerts.  Register for UMD Alerts at alert.umd.edu.

For more information to help you understand and prepare for hurricanes and other tropical cyclones include:

NOAA’s Preparedness Guide:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf

FEMA’s “Ready.gov” Guide: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

For help or to report an injury, please contact the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety at 301-405-3555.

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