News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

Chief Mitchell Recognizes University Community Members and UMPD Employees

On October 4th, 2013, University of Maryland Police Chief, David B. Mitchell, recognized members of the University Community and members of the Police Department for their valiant efforts and their attention to details that prevented the potential loss of a life on Campus.

On September 28, 2013, Ms. O’Connors noticed a message that was posted online on a website about an individual that wanted to cause great harm to them self, which could potentially end their life.  Ms. O’Connor's believed the post was from a student at UMD, called Police and told University of Maryland Police 911 dispatchers, PCO II Taylor and PCO III Banks, who then began making notifications to officers while still handling phone calls and requests from officers working. MPO Powers, Lt. Ecker, and Det. Lesniewicz contacted the website administrator, who then helped tracked down the source and provided the information to the officers. Officers then provided the information to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Eskin (UMPD IT Department), who were able to determine that the source was wireless. They then contacted Mr. Sneeringer at the Division of Information Technology, who provided officers the name and campus address that was associated with the information. Officers made contact with the individual and provided the necessary assistance that the individual needed.  

In order for Employees at the University of Maryland Police Department or citizens to receive the Commendation for Merit, they must have demonstrated high levels of expertise, initiative, resourcefulness, or dedication in the: 1) Solution of particular crimes, 2) Apprehension of particular suspects, 3) Attempts to save the lives of others, 4) Delivery of critical operations related police services, 5)Development, initiation, and conduct of innovative operatinonal, administrative, or support programs within UMPD, or  6) Development, initiation, and conduct of successful or innovative policing or problem solving projects directly related to the community or groups of citizens.

The following individuals received certificates and medals for Commendation for Merit:

Ms. Meghan O’Connor, student at UMD

Mr. Gerry Sneeringer, Division of Information Technology

Mr. Apaar Singh, IT Manager at UMPD

Mr. Michael Anderson, IT Department at UMPD

Mr. Stephen Eskin, IT Department at UMPD

PCO I Kelly Taylor, 911 Dispatcher at UMPD

PCO III Denise Banks, 911 Dispatcher at UMPD

MPO Joel Powers, Officer at UMPD

MPO Eddie Man, Officer at UMPD

Det./ MPO Brian Lesniewicz, Detective at UMPD

Lt. Kenneth Ecker, Officer at UMPD

Because of Ms. O’Connor’s swift action and attention to details, Ms. O’Connor made a difference that day; she saved a life. See saw something, and told someone about it. The University of Maryland Police thanks you Ms. O’Connor, Mr. Sneeringer, their Officers and Staff; thank you for making a difference in the community that you live in and work in!


The University of Virginia talks about the dangers of Molly

The University of Virginia (UVA), along with Dr. Chris Holstege, executive director of UVA Student Health, has produced a video warning about the dangers of the drug Molly. Molly is a form of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy. Please take the time and watch the video and share with your family and friends.

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Molly PSA

UMPD raises over $5500 dollars for MD Special Olympics

30 hours later and just under an inch of rain, the University of Maryland Police Department raised $5534 dollars for Maryland Special Olympics. Officers and civilians took to the Dunkin Donuts at 9701 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, at 6 A.M. on September 21st and remain there until 12 P.M. on September 22nd. Sergeant John Brown, Master Patrol Officers Clay Brown, and Brian Meekins set up tents on the rooftop for 30 hours of Dunkin Donuts greeting customer and drivers, cracking jokes, and raising awareness for Maryland Special Olympics.  


Master Patrol Officers Tonya Walker, Garfield Kelly, Sam Jones, Shawn Brown, Sergeants Rosanne Hoaas and August Kenner, Captain Robert Mueck, and civilians Hunter Mueck, Victoria Mammano, Barb Asbury, and Jenny Asbury greeted customers on the ground level and provided information about Special Olympics to customers. A thank you to Master Patrol Officer Kathy Culhane for logistical support, John Hall for set up and break down, and Master Patrol Officers Derrick Thompson and Minkyu Pak for coverage.

Customers were able to donate by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win various items, a silent auction for a chance to win various athletic memorabilia, or just donate cash. For a third year in a row, Sergeant Paige Miller organized and facilitated another successful event. Because of her continuous dedication and passion for Special Olympics, UMPD has been able to participate in a wonderful event for a great organization. UMPD would also like to thank Dunkin Donuts for their continuous support and allowing us the use of their establishment.




Cops On Rooftops! - Special Olympics of Maryland Benefit

Come on out and help support Special Olympics of Maryland.

UMPD Officers will be on the College Park Dunkin Donuts rooftop Saturday and Sunday

Sept. 21 - 22

9701 Baltimore Avenue

University of Maryland Police Expands its Concurrent Jurisdiction

The University of Maryland Police Department is excited to further expand its concurrent jurisdiction to better serve and protect the University community and surrounding areas.  UMPD, working in conjunction with the Prince George's County Police Department, have further expanded our jurisdiction to areas where students live or patronize.  This collaborative effort is a result of the strong partnership of our two departments and our desire to better protect the College Park community.


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