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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.


Montgomery County Police Department Seeks Assistance from the Community

    On November 12th, 2013, an email was sent out to members of the University of Maryland Community in regards to a sexual assault that occurred in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Listed below is updated information regarding the incident from Montgomery County Police Department.
     On October 3rd, 2013, Montgomery County Police received information regarding a sexual assault that had occurred in Gaithersburg between the night of October 2nd and the morning of October 3rd. Investigation revealed that the victim had met the suspect at a bar, Looney’s, in College Park, Maryland. The suspect and victim then went to the suspect’s residence in Gaithersburg where the sexual assault occurred. Joey Poindexter, age 38, of the 8400 block of Plum Creek Drive was arrested on October 9th and is currently being held on bond.
     Further investigation by detectives revealed that there are likely additional victims of sexual assault by Joey Poindexter. Digital images depicting young college age men who appear unconscious and are in compromising positions were discovered. Poindexter attends organized Beer Pong events held throughout the greater Washington DC and Baltimore region and has met several of his victims at these events. Joey Poindexter is also known to frequent activities involving young adult population such as extreme sporting events (BMX and skateboarding competitions). Joey Poindexter has recently traveled to New Jersey, Las Vegas NV, Dallas TX, Virginia Beach VA, and Salt Lake City UT. It is believed most of the assaults occurred when the victim is unconscious or significantly impaired from alcohol, although the possibility of drug use has not been ruled out. All of the identified victims are heterosexual and did not have any indications of what was going  to occur prior to the assault.
    Detectives believe that Joey Poindexter is a sexual predator that has been victimizing young college aged adult males for approximately 10 years. Additional victims have been located and additional charges are forthcoming. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. MCPD is the primary agency investigating this case. For media inquiries call MCPD at 240-773-5030.


The University of Maryland Police Department is committed to ensuring that our community remains a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, and staff. We ask all members of our community to remain vigilant and report suspicious behavior. As a reminder, there are several safety resources available:

Emergency Number
301-405-3333 OR 9-1-1 
UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency: 
NITE Ride 
Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 
CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape) 
Health Center 

Additional Safety Tips:

-Go home with the person you went out with.

-Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know.

-If you are out drinking, don’t over indulge.

-Keep an eye out for each other.

-Drink responsibly.

Posted below is a photo of Joey Poindexter:

UMPD and DEA collect prescription drugs for National Drug Take Back Day

College Park, MDOn October 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in National Drug Take Back Day. Members of the community were provided an opportunity to dispose of any unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs from their homes at UMPD Headquarters. The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills. 

On September 29th, 2012, UMPD and DEA collected 18 pounds of pharmaceuticals from community members. On Maryland Day this year, UMPD and DEA collected 75 pounds of pharmaceutical from community members. On October 26th, 2013, UMPD and DEA collected 14 pounds of pharmaceuticals this year that will be disposed of properly. Thank you for participating and doing your part of preventing prescription abuse and not contaminating the drinking water supply.


UMPD partners up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

College Park, MD – On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to UMPD Headquarters, located at the intersection of Rossborough Lane and Baltimore Avenue, next to Ritchie Coliseum. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal seeks ID in Arson case

The Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal is working to identify the suspect shown in the above surveillance photograph. On August 13, 2013, at approximately 4:30pm, the suspect set a fire inside the College Park Diner, located at 9206 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland.

Anyone with information is urged to call 301-77A-RSON or 301-772-7766.


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