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A Message to the Community from UMPD

Dear University of Maryland Community,

Earlier today, we were reminded that violent acts such as the one that occurred at the Ohio State University, Columbus campus can occur anywhere, and at any time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those directly affected and to the whole Ohio State University community.

Currently, there are no active threats toward our campus.  However, it is extremely important to remember that, If You See Something, Say Something. While the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) trains for such tragic events, UMD students, faculty and staff must also be prepared in the event of an active shooter situation.

We encourage all UMD students, faculty, and staff to register their cell phone at to receive emergency text messages from UMPD.

If you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan.  The plan doesn't have to be complicated.  There are three things you can do that make a difference: RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.

For more information on Run. Hide. Fight. and what to expect from responding police officers, visit . To request an active shooter presentation for your division, department, or student group, please contact Capt. Ecker at .

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Chief David B. Mitchell

University of Maryland Police Department