News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

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.

More about the Great Shakeout at

Great Southeast Shakeout

Are You Ready to “ShakeOut”, UMD?

On October 17th at 10:17 a.m., UMD will be participating in The Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness drill aimed at educating the UMD Community on what to do in case of an earthquake in our area.

With 38 million people living and working in the South East United States, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.  With earthquakes an inevitable part of the South East’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.

Great ShakeOut drills worldwide involved over 23 million people through broad-based outreach programs, media partnerships, and public advocacy by partners in each region. The drill is held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October, and is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance (  

The 2013 Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill will be at 10:17 a.m. on October 17.

A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared.  The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes).  ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

The 2013 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in U.S. history.

For more information, visit or contact Alisha Childress at 301-405-2670.

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5 UMPD Officers are recognized at the 12th Annual NHTSA DUI Awards

Congratulations to Sgt. Aaron Davis, Master Patrol Officers (MPO) Clay Brown, Jason Eller, Brian Meekins, and Edward Yates for being recognized and receiving awards on 09/29/13 at the 12th Annual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) DUI Awards.


Sgt. Davis and MPO Eller and Yates received the NHTSA DUI medal. In order to receive this medal, an officer has to have made at least 25 DUI arrests in 2012. MPO C. Brown and Meekins both received meritorious recognition. In order to receive this, an officer has to have made at least 15 DUI arrests in 2012.


Thank you for all of your continuous hard work and dedication in keeping impaired drivers off of our roadways!


2012 DUI Medal

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!


Ms. O'Connor and Chief Mitchell
Mr. Sneeringer and Chief Mitchell
Mr. Eskin and Chief Mitchell
Mr. Singh and Chief Mitchell
Mr. Anderson and Chief Mitchell
PCO II Taylor and Chief Mitchell
PCO III Banks and Chief Mitchell
MPO Powers and Chief Mitchell
MPO Man and Chief Mitchell
Det. Lesniewicz and Chief Mitchell
Lt. Ecker and Chief Mitchell


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