News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

UMPD partners up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

College Park, MD – On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to UMPD Headquarters, located at the intersection of Rossborough Lane and Baltimore Avenue, next to Ritchie Coliseum. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal seeks ID in Arson case

The Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal is working to identify the suspect shown in the above surveillance photograph. On August 13, 2013, at approximately 4:30pm, the suspect set a fire inside the College Park Diner, located at 9206 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland.

Anyone with information is urged to call 301-77A-RSON or 301-772-7766.

PGPD Investigating Theft/Vandalism in College Park

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking information on the above pictured suspects in connection to a Theft and Malicious Destruction of Property that occurred in College Park.  The incidents occurred in the area of Harvard Rd. and Rhode Island Ave. along the Trolley Trail on 10/13/2013 at 0337 Hrs. If you have any information pertaining to these individuals contact Det. Davis #2686 of the Prince George’s County Police (Northern Regional Investigative Division) at (301)699-2601. 

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Davis, Northern Regional Investigative Division, on (301) 699-2601. Please refer to case number 13-289-0898.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online.  A CASH REWARD is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of this suspect.


MPO Fields and Sgt. Leonard Honored


Congratulations to MPO David Fields and Sgt. Ken Leonard for their dedication to both Agency and Academy related training.  They were both presented awards by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission at the 13th Annual Instructor’s Conference that was held on Oct. 10 in Sykesville, Maryland.

Sgt. Kenneth Leonard was presented with the Instructor of the Year Award - Academy

MPO David Fields was presented with the Instructor of the Year Award - Non-Academy


DRILL - Great Shakeout / Practice Earthquake Protective Actions

THIS IS A DRILL. Practice earthquake protective actions. DROP to the floor, COVER under a sturdy object, and HOLD ON.

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

•If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On: ?DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
?Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
?HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in the Southeast you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.

•If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.

•If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury.

Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

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