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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!

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, February 1st, 2012

7:30 pm

College Park Community Center

5051 Pierce Avenue

Join us for a great game, give-aways & free food!

Future games will take place on the first Friday of every other month—next game will be on April 5th

Tips for Prevention of Office Theft

 

Office Security

Tips on how to enhance security within your work environment

  • AVOID THEFTS OF OPPORTUNITY… Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables. Opportunity thefts are the most preventable crimes that occur.
  • Always secure your valuables and personal belongings, including cell phones, iPods, iPads and other electronics, in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep items of value out of sight and secured. Do not bring items of significant value to work and do not carry large sums of cash. If you cannot secure the items, carrying them with you is the best bet.
  • Mark your valuables in some distinctive fashion.
  • Ensure that laptops are secured with a cable on your desk.
  • Carry the key to your file cabinets or desk drawer with you, or keep your keys in a secured area. (Depending on your position, if you leave work items locked up and you are absent from work, someone else may need legitimate access to your work materials – so make sure to have an extra key).
  • Turn off your computer at night or protect access to your personal or confidential information on your computer by using a password; you can "lock" your desktop when you step away from your computer for any length of time.
  • Empty out your pockets prior to hanging your coat in a public closet.
  • Familiarize yourself with all emergency exits.
  • If you are alone and intending to remain in your office after normal office hours, please make sure someone knows you are there and that you are by yourself. Public Safety has an "Escort Service" if you feel the need to have someone escort you to your vehicle after dark. Call 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus)
  • Engage in a "community" watch effort and report suspicious individuals or activity to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
For UM Department of Public Safety service, dial:
911 from campus phones (emergency only)
301-405-3555 from any off-campus phone (non-emergency)
301-314-7900 from TTY/TDD
#3333 from any Verizon Wireless, ATT, Sprint/Nextel or T-Mobile cell phone
301-405-7032 for Crime Prevention Unit (Laptop locks, STOP tags, etc.)
301-405-7032 for Sergeant August Kenner, akenner@umpd.umd.edu, Crime Prevention Unit Coordinator

Prepared by FM Human Resources 11/2012

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