News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department

Testudo Fire

On December 18, 2013, University of Maryland Police Criminal Investigations Unit and the Office of the University Fire Marshal have reviewed camera footage and have ruled the Testudo fire to be accidental. The cause of the fire was due to a lamp shade being place over a lit candle.  There was no damage to Testudo and no injuries reported.





On December 18, 2013 at approximately 1am, a Student Police Aide reported a small fire in front of McKeldin Library.  Officers responded and, upon arrival, found that offerings to Testudo, such as notes and books, were set fire on top of the statue.  The fire had been extinguished prior to the officer's arrival.  There is no damage to the statue itself.  Facilities Management was notified to clean up the burnt debris. Malicious intent has not been ruled out and the case is under investigation. It is a tradition that students will leave momentos for Testudo, including candles, books, notes and other personal items. 

Updates will be posted here when available.

UMPD, PGPD, and UMD Athletics are participating in Toys For Tots this Saturday at the Men's Basketball game

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) would like to thank those who came out to the game on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 and donated a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. UMPD, Prince George's County Police, and UMD Athletics collected 120 toys during the men's basketball game.

Happy Holidays!!!





UMD College Park Closed 12/10/13

The University of Maryland College Park is closed today, Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  If the University remains closed on Wednesday, we will issue a UMD Information Advisory.  Please monitor or call 301-405-SNOW for the University's status on Wednesday.


Stay Safe!


Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory for this Weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow for College Park, Maryland through Monday evening. There is little to no snow accumulation expected. Keep in mind with the expected heavy rainfall, potential snow, and ice, traffic delays may occur. Please plan accordingly when committing and traveling.

If the University closes due to weather conditions, the campus community will be notified through the UMD Alerts system. You can also contact the snow hotline at 301-405-SNOW (7669) or watch the local news.

For additional information, including safety tips and weather resources, check out and

Thanks, and stay safe!

Wintry Mix expected Sunday in the Washington, DC area

Precipitation is expected to start between the early morning and noon on Sunday in the Washington, DC area. Snow is likely before 1200 hours, then snow and sleet between 1200 to 1600 hours, then freezing rain and sleet after 1600 hours. The high will be near 34 degrees F. There is a 90% chance of precipitation, with new precipitation amounts vary depending on the weather source from between a quarter and a half an inch possible to up to an inch. The highest snow accumulation is likely to be west of DC. Sunday night there will be freezing rain and sleet before 2000 hours, then rain or freezing rain between 2000 to 0000 hours, then rain after 0000 hours, with a low of around 31 degrees F. The chance of precipitation is again 90% with new precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. The rain is likely to continue on Monday, with a 60% chance of precipitation.

Source: Accuweather, NWS, Washington Post, WJLA

Holiday Travel and Safety Tips

Dear University of Maryland Community,

The University of Maryland Police Department would like to take this time and inform you of some holiday travel and safety tips. When traveling always check with the local news channel, news sites, and/or radio stations for current and up to date information regarding travel and weather advisories. Take necessary precautions when encountering rain, freezing rain and/or snow during your travels.

For those that will be traveling beginning tomorrow, the National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain, snow, and sleet before noon on November 26th, 2013, with the possibility of heavy rain at times and a high near 42 degrees.  There is little or no snow accumulation expected.  Rain is likely to continue into Wednesday, with only slight chances of rain on Wednesday night. While this area is not expected to receive snow, for those who will be traveling north, chance of snow will increase. Keep in mind with the expected heavy rain fall, traffic delays will occur. Please plan accordingly when traveling.

Below are travel and safety tips:

For students/faculty/staff who are leaving their residence for the break:

- Double check all windows and doors are locked and secured before you leave.

- Take valuable items such as jewelry, money, portable electronic devices, etc., with you to avoid potential theft.

- If leaving your vehicle for long period of time, remove items of value, secure windows and doors, and if you have one engage your alarm system.

-  Ask a friend or a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.

- Store away and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, for example, a ladder, tools, etc.

- Set your alarm to your security system.

- Set your lights on a timer.

- If you have a garden hose connected to the outside faucet, disconnect it.

For students/faculty/staff who are traveling by car:

- Know before you go. Check on the local road and highway conditions.

- Know where you are going. Keep a map or a GPS in your vehicle.

- Inform your family and/or friends if your travel plans change.

- Keep your cell phone fully charged.

- Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

- Give yourself plenty of time.

- Slow down during wet weather driving. Give yourself enough room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

- Don't use cruise control in wet weather driving.

- Bridges and overpasses freeze first.

- Follow emergency personnel directions.

- Don't drive distracted!

For students/faculty/staff who are traveling by air:

- Keep your cell phone fully charged.

- Check with your airline before you leave your residence during inclement weather.

- Inform your family and/or friends if your travel plans change.

- Give yourself enough time to get to the airport and plenty of time to get through airport security.

- Don't leave your luggage unattended.

- If you see something, say something.



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