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Responding to an Active Shooter - Run, Hide, Fight

The tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School serve as a reminder that violent acts such as this can occur anywhere, anytime. University of Maryland Police Officers train routinely for such events.  Students, faculty and staff must also be prepared to respond and react to an active shooter incident. Please take a few moments to review this information on this page and watch the short video below, courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety.

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

Run

  • If you can get out, do so
  • Always try to escape or evacuate, don't let others slow you down with indecision
  • Getting yourself out of harms way is your #1 priority
  • Once you're out of the line of fire, call for help
    • Use 911 (Dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect with DPS.
    • Dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with Prince George's County Communications. Be sure to give the call taker your exact location.
    • Use 301-405-3333 to contact UMD Public Safety (Emergency Line)

Hide

If you can't get out safely, you need to find a place to hide
  • Act quickly and quietly
  • Try to secure your hiding place as best you can
  • Turn out lights and lock doors
  • Silence your cell phone
  • If you can't find a safe room or closet, try to conceal yourself behind large objects that  may protect you. 
  • Do your best to remain calm

Fight

As a last resort, if your life is at risk, whether alone or working together as a group, FIGHT!

  • Act with aggesion
  • Improvise weapons
  • Disarm the shooter
  • Commit to taking the shooter down, no matter what.

Remember ... RUN, HIDE, FIGHT

What to expect from responding police officers

Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible. The first responding officers will normally be in teams; they may be dressed in regular patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment. The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, or handguns, and might also be using pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation. Regardless of how they appear, remain calm, do as the officers tell you, and do not be afraid of them. Put down any bags or packages you may be carrying and keep your hands visible at all times; if you know where the shooter is, tell the officers. The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured people; rescue teams composed of other officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the first officers into secured areas to treat and remove injured persons. Keep in mind that even once you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene; police will usually not let anyone leave until the situation is fully under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Until you are released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.

Video: 
Run, Hide, Fight Video

University System of Maryland Police Departments to Share Trespass Data

When it comes to preventing crime on college campuses, University police departments in Maryland have a very important tool in their arsenal -- the ability to bar individuals involved in criminal activity from property owned by the institution.  Often this occurs as a result of identifying individuals who have committed crimes on the campus, whether they be property crimes or crimes against persons.  These denials of access, which are typically issued immediately following an arrest, makes the person subject to immediate arrest if he or she returns to the campus without permission.  This gives an extra level of protection against repeat offenders returning to the campus where the crime was committed.

From sharing information about arrests between university police departments, it became evident that some criminals who target one university campus, also target others.  With this in mind, the UMD College Park, UMD Baltimore County, and Towson University police departments entered into an agreement to share denial of access data. 

The UMD College Park PD Information Technology Unit, in cooperation with Capital Wireless Information Net (CAPWIN), is leading an effort to connect institutions of higher education all over the Maryland region in order to share a database of known individuals who were issued either a Denial of Access or a Trespassing charge for each respective campus. A database was created and managed by the University of Maryland College Park police department to which UMBC and Towson University securely upload data on individuals denied access to their university campuses. As a result of this, police officers from any law enforcement agency will have immediate access to information via CAPWIN Mobile pertaining to any current denials of access at any of the participating campuses.

The goal is to ultimately get all Universities within the state of Maryland on board with this project.

UMDPS and UMD Community Members Earn Governor's Crime Prevention Awards

College Park, MD – The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety earned awards in two categories for the 2012 Governor's Crime Prevention Awards. The department and officers were recognized today at a ceremony hosted by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.  Ms. Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Mr. Gerry Sneeringer, both UMD Staff, and  Mr. Charles L. Simpson Jr, Manager of Southern Management (Graduate Hills and Gardens) won the “Category C – Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for Community Groups, Organizations, and Individual Citizens.

The award for Outstanding Crime Prevention contributions was awarded to community groups, organizations, and individual citizens in Maryland who, as judged by the Awards Subcommittee, made outstanding contributions to the furtherance of crime prevention in their communities.  Ms. Aparicio-Blackwell was recognized for her efforts in community engagement and programs which assist local youth.  These partnerships have fostered valuable on-going relationships between the University of Maryland Police and the local community.  Mr. Sneeringer was nominated for the award for his long-hours work in assisting UMDPS with a criminal case in which an individual made threats over the internet -- that he was going to "shoot up" the campus.  Mr. Sneeringer's expertise in IT enabled detectives to locate the person making the threats and safely take him into custody.   Mr. Simpson, Jr., as manager for Southern Management, worked with his company and made special accomodations to house a Police Community Office at the Graduate Hills Apartments complex on Tulane Drive.  The incorporation of this office into the Graduate Housing complex has helped create dialog between our Crime Prevention Officer (Sgt. Kenner) and the community members on safety issues in the surrounding area.

 “These individuals have done a great service to our community” stated David B. Mitchell, Chief of Police. “I look forward to continued successes that members of our community contribute to the University of Maryland College Park campus and the surrounding community.”

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Holiday Safety Tips

With finals approaching and with the holiday season in full swing, please be aware of some important crime prevention and safety tips.   I hope this information serves as a reminder of what you can do to reduce your chance of being the victim of a crime and to help you remain safe during the holiday shopping season.

At your home or UMD residence:

  • Keep doors and windows locked, regardless of whether they are upper or lower level windows/entrances.
  • Before you leave your home, check to be sure that all windows and doors locked.
  • Require identification from all strangers (includes delivery/repair persons and police officers). If you're not sure of a person's ID, call the person’s company/agency to verify.
  •  Never leave notes/messages on your door since they advertise that you're away and when you plan to return.
  •  Don't ever tell anyone that you are home alone.
  •  Use blinds and drapes for privacy.
  •  Ensure bushes are trimmed back to remove hiding places for potential criminals.
  •  Ensure your home has good interior and exterior lighting for safety and protection.
  • Always have car/house keys in hand before exiting secured areas.
  •  Keep hands free of excessive packages/bulky items when you’re travelling to/from your home.
  • Never enter your home if you see that a door or window has been forced.   Get to the nearest space place and contact the local police immediately. 
  •  Never place a key over your doorway or under a flower pot, etc.  If you think you may need access to a spare key, consider leaving a key with a trusted friend or neighbor.
  • Don’t display presents under the tree if they can be seen from a window.

 

If you will be away for all / part of the winter break:

  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries.
  • Place lights on a timer to give the appearance of someone being home.
  • Take valuable items such as jewelry, money, laptops, iPods, TVs, etc., with you to avoid potential theft.
  • Double-check to be sure all windows and doors are locked and secured before you leave.
  • Ask a friend or a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.

When Out Shopping:

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in well-lit, populated areas; avoid cut-through paths and short-cuts.
  • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas and avoid parking beside large vehicles which can obstruct views.
  • Lock your car doors and place all valuables in the trunk or under the seats.     
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash.  Pay with a check, debit card, or credit cards.
  • Keep your purse closed and close to your body and/or carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

 

Important Safety Resources  (Program these numbers into your mobile phone)

University of Maryland Police

301-405-3555 (non-emergency) / #3333 from mobile device / 911

Prince George’s County Police

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

Police / Community Basketball Game - College Park

University of Maryland Police, Maryland Park Police, and Prince George's County Police are partnering with the UMD Office of Community Engagement, Embry Center for Family Life, University of Maryland Athletics, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the City of College Park to host the Community Teens / Law Enforcement basketball game to foster our police - community relationship.

 Friday, December 7th, 2012

7:30 pm

College Park Community Center

5051 Pierce Avenue

 "Together We Are an Unstoppable Force ... For Good!"

 

Please come out and cheer the players on!

Members of the Media are Invited to join us at the event.

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