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UMD Counseling Center's Mental Health Awareness Week

UMD Community Notice 09/29/18

INCIDENT:    Off Campus Indecent Exposure
OCCURRED: September 29, 2018 at approximately 2:24 a.m.
LOCATION: College Avenue and Hopkins Avenue College Park, Maryland
UMPD CASE #: 2018-55913
PGPD CASE # 18092900000232
 
 
BRIEF DETAILS:
At approximately 2:24 a.m., University of Maryland Police officers responded to the intersection of College Avenue and Hopkins Avenue to assist the Prince George’s County Police Department with the report of an Indecent Exposure.  A University of Maryland student advised that an unknown male was observed exposing himself on the opposite side of the street from where the student was standing.  The male started to walk toward the student and the student yelled at him.  The male then ran away and was last seen running behind a house on College Avenue in the direction of Baltimore Avenue. 
The suspect is described as a male, late 20’s to early 30’s, between 5’7” – 5’9” in height, wearing a royal blue hoodie/windbreaker jacket.
Officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department and University of Maryland Police Department continue to patrol the area for the suspect. 
The Prince George’s County Police Department is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of the suspect are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-352-1200).
 
 
Safety Tips:
The University of Maryland Police Department provides a walking escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like a walking escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555. You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort.
Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.
If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.
Be Smart, Be Safe!
Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.
 
Safety Resources:
University of Maryland Police Department
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911
Prince George's County Police Department
911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911
UMD Police Walking Escort
Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555
NITE Ride
301-314-6483
Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
Counseling Center
301-314-7651
CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)
301-741-3442
Health Center
301-314-8180
Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 
UMD Alerts

 

UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at South Campus Commons #7

On September 23, 2018, at approximately 5:30 p.m., UMPD responded to South Campus Commons #7 for a hate bias incident that occurred on September 22, 2018, between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. A student reported to police that they left their apartment to run an errand and returned to find non-inclusive, anti-LGBTQ language written on their bedroom wall.

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.

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UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at Technology Advancement Program (TAP) Building

On September 26, 2018, at approximately 1:16 p.m., UMPD responded to the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) building for a hate bias incident. An employee reported to police that they found a phrase that involves offensive language against the African American community written in pencil on the men’s bathroom stall wall. It is unknown as to how long the phrase has been there for.

A picture was taken of the writing and it was removed. The property was not damaged.

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.

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UMD Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

Working Together for a Safe Campus

The 2018 Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for your review. 

The Annual Security Report (ASR) provides safety and security information to current and prospective students and their parents, as well as to faculty and staff members. Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report. In addition to outlining the different security resources the campus has to offer, the report also includes statistics on crime that occurred where University students stay while on University-sponsored travel, traveling within the United States or abroad, area crime reported to off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments that report data back to our Police Department.

As you look over the statistics for 2017, you will see there are two murders reported. The first was the murder of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III, in which an arrest was made shortly thereafter. The accused is charged with murder and a hate crime and is expected to go to trial in January 2019.

The second murder occurred while a University of Maryland (UMD) student was traveling as part of a University-sponsored trip out-of-state. In the summer of 2018, in response to a Clery Act travel inquiry, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was notified of a murder that occurred in the common area of a hotel in Chapel Hill, NC in February 2017.  The student was staying in the hotel at the time of the murder.  Clery Act regulations require that this crime is included in our statistics, as it occurred in a Non-Campus Property/Building for 2017. The student was not a victim, nor suspect in the incident.

There are a number of statistics worthy of mention. Burglary/B&E and Motor Vehicle Theft numbers have continued to decline to historic lows.  The primary reasons for these results include the restructure of patrol service and camera surveillance enhancements.  Furthermore, drug referrals and arrests remain at all-time lows due to the decriminalization in 2015 of small amounts of Marijuana in the State of Maryland. The Clery Act does not require the reporting of statistics for the crime of theft, which, by far, is the most commonly, reported criminal offense on campus. 

This report reflects changes in data sets due to revised reporting requirements and the development of new ways to report.  Footnotes, which clarify where changes in reporting have resulted in a noticeable variance from previous years’ reports, are included in the interest of transparency. 

The men and women of UMPD are responsible for keeping the UMD College Park campus safe and secure. We do this in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department, working together to keep the surrounding areas safe and secure. 

Programs and resources that we provide include the following, which are highlighted in the report:

  • Walking escorts
  • Closed circuit video monitoring via our Security Operations Center
  • Blue Light Phone (PERT)
  • Automated License Plate Readers
  • Emergency Alert System (UMD Alerts)
  • UMD Guardian Safety App
  • Patrols by uniformed officers
  • Explosive Detection K9 unit 
  • Crime prevention programs 
  • Criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting, and investigation 
  • Student Police Auxiliary
  • Emergency 911 center

In 2017 we created Safe Terp Trade Zone. Safe Terp Trade Zone is a safety resource that provides the buyer and seller a safe space to meet in person to complete their on-line purchase. Both parties can meet in the lobby of our police station or at our parking lot to conduct the exchange. More information about this program, visit https://umpdnews.umd.edu/node/934

The Annual Safety and Security Report is a part of the effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective and is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  We hope you will read the report carefully and use the information to help foster a safer environment for you and for others within our community. Reviewing the information outlined in the Annual Safety and Security Report will increase your awareness, which will promote future action. 

To view the Annual Safety and Security Report, please visit:

http://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/AnnualSecurityReport.pdf

Printed copies of the Annual Safety and Security Report may be obtained from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Pocomoke Building (007), 7569 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3555.

To view the Annual Fire Safety Report, please visit: http://www.essr.umd.edu/fire/report/. The purpose of this report is to disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to our on-campus student housing and to disclose statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.  Individual printed copies of the 2017 Annual Fire Safety Report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, Seneca Building, 4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103, College Park, Maryland 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3960.

We have no greater priority than the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, and a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone. 

 

David B. Mitchell
Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety
University of Maryland Police Department

 

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD)
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 9-1-1

UMD Guardian Safety App

https://go.umd.edu/36z

UMPD Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD)
9-1-1 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 9-1-1

NITE Ride 301-314-6483 

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 301-314-4357

https://helpcenterumd.org/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

Counseling Center 301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE)
301-741-3442

http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center 301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

UMD Alerts
https://alert.umd.edu

Visit our website at http://www.umpd.umd.edu for further information on our Department.  To stay up to date on the latest news, follow us on Twitter @UMPD and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UMDPoliceDept/

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Passing of Retired UMPD Motorcycle Officer, Cpl. Conaway "Steel" "Motorman"

 

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Retired University of Maryland Police Department motorcycle officer, Corporal William “Bill” Conaway. Cpl Conaway, “Steel”, or “Motorman” as he was known served the University of Maryland community from 1983 to 2005. Please keep Cpl. Conaway’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss. 

The funeral for Retired Corporal William “Bill” Conaway is listed below:

DATE and TIME:

Monday, September 24, 2018

Viewing: 1:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Funeral:  2:30 p.m.

There will not be an interment following the funeral service.

LOCATION:

University of Maryland Memorial Chapel

1101 Memorial Chapel

College Park, MD 20742

PARKING:

Parking is available in the Regents Drive Parking Garage on the top level. A shuttle will be available to transport attendees from the parking garage to the Memorial Chapel. Attendees will need to exit the garage on the Regents Drive side to ride the shuttle. 

The Regents Drive Parking Garage is located approximately 3 blocks from the Memorial Chapel.  The address for the parking garage is 8056 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742. 

The below link contains a map that shows the locations of the Chapel and the Regents Drive Parking Garage:

https://www.transportation.umd.edu/parking/maps/map_visitor.pdf

UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at La Plata Hall

On September 16, 2018, at approximately 5:56 p.m., UMPD responded to La Plata Hall for a hate bias incident that occurred between 2 a.m. and 5:56 p.m, on September 16, 2018. The Resident Assistant reported to police that they found non-inclusive, anti-LGBTQ language on a white board.

A picture was taken of the message and the message was erased.
 

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.  Follow up interviews were conducted.  

 

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Update to Today's Weather Related Alerts

The safety of our campus community is our foremost priority. In the interest of public safety, the University of Maryland Police Department contracts with AccuWeather to receive real-time information on storm paths approaching the footprint of our campus community.

When we receive alerts, we call AccuWeather to discuss what impact a storm could have on our campus and decide if a campus wide-alert is needed.

At approximately 5:19 p.m., we received notification from AccuWeather that a tornado may be imminent for our area. Based upon the warning and our conversation with their meteorologist, in the best interest of life and safety, we notified our campus community to seek shelter via text and email and sounded the siren.

At approximately 5:42 p.m., we received an update from AccuWeather that the warning was extended to 6:10 p.m and updated our alert. 

At approximately 6 p.m., we received notification from AccuWeather that the warning for our campus was canceled as the rotation had shifted off to the north.

While weather-related incidents are often reported for broad geographic regions, AccuWeather targets the specific footprint of our campus community. Weather monitoring is often monitored on a broader scale, and we issue alerts specific to our community of more than 50,000 to ensure that safety messages are quickly and accurately conveyed to our campus community. As soon as we were alerted that the storm path shifted, we issued an "all clear" message to our community.  

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UMPD Investigating Two Hate Bias Incidents

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) are investigating two hate bias incidents.

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 3:40 p.m., UMPD responded to Queen Anne’s Hall for a hate bias incident that occurred between August 30, and September  1, 2018. A student reported to police that anti-LGBTQ comments were found on a couple of whiteboards and verbal anti-LGBTQ statements were overheard the following night.

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 8:07 p.m., UMPD responded to La Plata Hall for a swastika that was drawn onto a whiteboard. The incident occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 2.

In both incidents, a detective was immediately assigned, witness canvasses were conducted and follow-up interviews were completed. Video reviews of the cameras in the area of both locations are underway along with a review of the card swipe access system. Both cases are being actively investigated. Anyone with information are strongly encouraged to contact UMPD at  301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

“The University of Maryland Police Department takes these matters very seriously. As our investigations continue, we call on our community for their help. If you have any information, please contact us. We want to hear from you.” – Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas, a spokesperson for UMPD.

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