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UMPD Receives Outstanding Unit Award from the President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues

On May 16th, the University of Maryland Police Department was awarded the Outstanding Non-Instructional Unit Award from the President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues.  This award is issued to a unit that makes outstanding contributions the the University's equity efforts.  UMPD has always been dedicated to the recruitment and promotion of its quality minority employees.  Additionally, the department makes it a top priority to address diversity issues with all officers in the academy and with continued training throughout their career.

UMPD regards diversity as a critical issue and will continue to address it with the same fervor for many years to come.

UMPD Honor Guard at Slain MIT Officers Memorial Service

On 04/24/2013, the University of Maryland Honor Guard joined other departments in Boston, MA for a memorial service held in honor of Officer Sean Collier.  Officer Collier, an officer with the MIT campus, was slain during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers.  At the time of his death, Officer Collier was 27 years old and had worked for the department for 15 months. 

UMPD sends it's condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Officer Collier and his department.

4 University of Maryland Employees Honored by Law Enforcement Partners

University of Maryland Police Detective MPO Chris Iversen was recognized as investigator of the year at today's Police Chief's of Prince George's county award ceremony in Glenarden.  Detective Iversen is a 4 year veteran of this University and a graduate of this University.  Detective Iversen has been involved in a large amount of high profile cases, including spearheading the Alexander Song case in which Song threatened widespread violence on the campus.

Also honored today was Howard "Spud" Blake, UMPD's chief of staff.  He was given the Hall of Fame award due to his many years of dedication to law enforcement.  He was appointed as UMPD's chief of staff in 2010 and prior to that he attained the rank of Deputy Chief with the Prince George's County Police Department.  Among his many accomplishments, he led the PGPD narcotics unit where they shut down 21 PCP labs.

Also nominated for awards were Sergeant Aaron Davis for officer of the year and Ms. Ashlee Parker for civilian employee of the year.  We are very proud of our employees and their accomplishments.  Please join us in congratulating them on the hardwork and for many more years of exemplary work.

College Park Good Neighbor Day 04/06/2013

The University of Maryland, M-NCPPC Parks & Recreation and the City of College Park invite you to participate on the 2nd Annual Good Neighbor Day.  This event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the College Park Community Center from 9am to 1:30pm.

Good Neighbor Day is an annual volunteer service day, which renews the University’s commitment to being a good neighbor in the City of College Park.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects, including:

  • 5K Lakeland Discovery Trail Hike
  • Neighborhood Clean up;
  • Food Drive from March 15 thru April 6th.  Donate and sort non-perishable goods for the local food banks;
  • Cleaning up the Old Town playground;
  • Cleaning up the Old Parish House;
  • Serving as a Lakeland history expert and curator at Lake Artemesia along the Lakeland Discovery Trail Hike; 
  • Celebrate the Unveiling of the  Lakeland Past & Present Community Mural

Your participation is also encouraged by dropping off non-perishable goods on several location on campus from March 15 thru April 6th and at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, on Good Neighbor Day.   

For more information and to register as a volunteer, please go to www.goodneighborday.umd.edu.  Please let me know if I can place a box or boxes in your location.  Please share this message with your network.  Thanks.

Together, we can make College Park “smart place to live.”

UMPD Award / Promotion Ceremony

On 03/13/2013, Chief David Mitchell honored both civilian and sworn employess in the 2013 Award and Promotion ceremony.  Over 200 employees were recognized for their promotions and for their exemplary dedication to their jobs.

Awards were handed out for many things such as the quick action taken by numerous members of this department in the Alexander Song case to the life saving actions taken by officers save the life of individuals who were invovled in a near fatal accident. 

While there is no way to properly reward the many employees of this UMPD for all that they do for the College Park community and for their dedication to the safety and security of all of it's residents, this award / promotion ceremony was an opportunity to show those employees that they are appreciated for the hard work they do.

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