News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

Thank you to our Journalism classes 262/320 & Professors

At the end of April, Chief David B. Mitchell was invited to be part of an interactive press conference on the topic of pedestrian safety.  Many thanks to the journalism students of class 262 & 320 and their professors for organizing, conducting, and participating in the press conference, and creating an exercise that is applicable to the learning experience. With assistance from social media, students were able to tweet a short video from the press conference, quickly providing our message to a much broader audience.  

Thank you for providing a platform for us to address this issue, and shed light on solutions to help prevent any future pedestrian involved accidents.

As President Loh has mentioned in the video,, safety is everyone’s responsibility. We need everyone’s help in preventing accidents.

Please visit to view Maryland State Highway Administration press release regarding pedestrian-friendly enhancements to Baltimore Avenue in College Park.

Walk Smart, College Park! Be Smart, Be Safe!



Photos taken & provided by Bethany Swain  

Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice 05/19/14

Please visit  for information regarding an off-campus breaking & entering that occurred on 05/17/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

Chief David B. Mitchell Inducted into the National Concerns Of Police Survivors Hall of Fame

Earlier this week, Chief David B. Mitchell was honored at the Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) National Chapter 30th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner in Washington D.C. for his commitment to officers who die in the line of duty and their surviving families. 

Chief Mitchell, whose law enforcement career spans over four decades, was the founder of the Maryland Chapter of C.O.P.S. in 1997.  He is also the co-founder of the Maryland C.O.P.S. motorcycle ride, an annual event which has raised over one million dollars for the survivors of Maryland police officers killed in the line of duty.  As a practicing lawyer whose passion for aid to the cause of officers killed in the line of duty knows no boundaries, Chief Mitchell has donated his own time and resources to help families obtain Public Safety Officer Benefits that were otherwise denied to them across the country. Chief Mitchell’s hard work and dedication to C.O.P.S. are a labor of love.  For his tireless efforts, the National Chapter of C.O.P.S. recognized and honored Chief Mitchell by inducting him into the Hall of Fame during a formal ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, as a part of National Police Week. 


UMPD Responds to Report of Suspicious Activity

On 05/10/14, at approximately 12:25 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department received a report of a suspicious male, possibly armed, on the footbridge between the back side of the View and lot 11B area. Officers responded and saturated the area and were unable to locate any criminal activity or anyone fitting the description given by the reporting person.  

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information, please call UMPD at 301-405-3555.


UMD Urges Pedestrian Safety

UMD Urges Pedestrian Safety - President Loh & Chief David B. Mitchell


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