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Annual Security Report Published

 

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety
Media Relations Office
Building 003, Rossborough Lane, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Phone 301-405-5726 / Fax 301-314-9549 

 

 

 

October 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety Publishes 2012 Annual Security Report

 

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland - The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety announces the publication of the 2012 Annual Security Report.  The Annual Security Report provides safety and security information to current and prospective University of Maryland students as well as to faculty and staff members.  Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report.

"This is an excellent way by which we are able to highlight the security resources available to the University community,” said David Mitchell, University Police Chief. "I urge the University community to read the report and be aware of, and more importantly, take advantage of security services on campus,” Mitchell added.

In addition to outlining the different security resources the campus has to offer, the report also provides statistics on area crime reported to on- and off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments which report data back to the Department of Public Safety.

Of note in these statistics is the continuing downward trend in reports of violent crime both on and off campus.  Reductions were seen in crimes such as:

  • Forcible sex offense-    10 in 2010 to 5 in 2011
  • Aggravated assault-      15 in 2010 to 4 in 2011
  • Robbery-                          10 in 2010 to 7 in 2011
  • Overall Violent Crime-   54% Reduction from 2010 to 2011

All of these incidents include data from the local area surrounding the UMD College Park campus, and also includes reports made to non-law enforcement entities.

The Clery Act does not require the reporting of statistics for the crime of theft, which is, by far, the most commonly reported criminal offense on campus.  UMD saw a decrease in reports of theft on campus dropping about 11% from 2010 to 2011 (199 in 2011 compared with 225 reported in 2010).  Other property crimes reportable through Clery include Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson; all of which showed reductions from 2010 to 2011.

The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety (UMDPS) is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for policing the University of Maryland College Park campus.  Programs and resources provided by UMDPS include walking escorts; closed circuit video monitoring; patrols by uniformed officers; explosive detection K9 unit; emergency alerts; crime prevention programs; criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting and investigation; Student Police Auxiliary; and an Emergency 911 center.  These programs are highlighted within the Annual Security Report.

 Other campus safety and  security resources include services provided by many other University departments such as the Department of Resident Life, Residential Facilities, Environmental Safety, Transportation Services (Shuttle-UM), Health Center, Office of Student Conduct, and Counseling Center to name a few.  The Annual Security Report goes into further detail about the programs and services of these departments.

 “Reviewing the information outlined in this brochure will increase your awareness, and awareness is the precursor to action” stated Mitchell.

 The Annual Security Report is available online at:

http://www.umdps.umd.edu/Brochure/safety&security.pdf

 Contact:

Captain Marc Limansky
limansky@umd.edu / 301-405-7402

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National Drug Take-Back Event

Oct. 1, 2012
 
As a result of this Drug Take-Back event, UMDPS collected 18 pounds of pharmaceuticals from community members.

September 19, 2012

For further information contact:
Capt. Marc Limansky
301-405-7402    

 

UMPD Hosting DEA National Drug Take-Back Event

 

College Park, MD - The University of Maryland Police will be hosting a site for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s  National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The site will be located at the front of the University of Maryland police station located on Rossborough Lane across from Ritchie Coliseum. 

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.  All community members are welcome to drop off unwanted, unused prescription medication.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past April turned in a record-breaking  552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.  In Maryland, we had 49 agencies collect over 8,116 pounds at 104 take back sites.

 

September 29, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

University of Maryland Police

Bldg. 3 Rossborough Lane

College Park, MD

 

For more information on the initiative and for details on what may be turned in, view the DEA Take-Back Initiative website at:  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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

WHO:                     

  • 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 http://thestamp.umd.edu/About_Us/Directions_to_Stamp

 

All members of the media are invited to attend.

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

 

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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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