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UMD Community Alert 02/22/2022

A UMD Community Alert was issued this morning for the report of a robbery with a weapon off-campus. Below is information that was sent out to the campus community.

Off-campus robbery with a weapon at 7201Baltimore Ave Stay away from area. Suspect is a male wearing all black clothing armed with a silver automatic handgun with extended magazine.  More information to follow when available
 
 .This is the last update for the off-campus robbery with a weapon at 7201 Baltimore Ave. the location is all clear and further investigation will be conducted by PGPD. 
 
 
 
 

 

A Safety Update from Chief Mitchell

Dear Campus Community,

As we continue to go about our day-to-day activities while navigating the unknown that is this pandemic, I want to share with you what we have been working on these last couple of months. My hope is that this information not only provides insight into our department but also provides opportunities for a more community-centered approach to safety and security. And most importantly, I hope this update helps you keep yourselves and our community safe. 

While our campus was operating in a de-densified capacity for all 2020 and the first half of 2021 due to COVID, we, as expected, saw a decrease in crime on campus. As we finalized the Uniform Crime Report, Part-I crime statistics for 2021, I share with you that overall crime fell to 4.47%, with a 4% decrease in property crimes.

New and Ongoing Initiatives 

We are excited to announce our partnership with Lights On! This is a community-driven program that offers repair vouchers instead of traffic tickets for participating law enforcement agencies and communities they serve. Officers can provide drivers with vouchers redeemable for free repairs of broken lights at University Gas 2 Go, located at 8153 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD. 

Safety and security are a community effort. One way we can achieve this goal is through Be Smart. Be Safe. This coordinated effort is a situational awareness safety campaign that emphasizes how Terps can be safe. When coupled with See Something, Say Something, we are reminded that we all play an active role in safety at Maryland. 

A new program for the department is our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Currently, we have 12 officers who are trained specifically in the field of Crisis Intervention and are able to interact with crisis situations using de-escalation techniques that improve the safety for our community and the officers involved. This program offers many benefits to public safety, the University’s Mental and Behavioral health services, the UMD community, and the families of the UMD community.

All UMPD officers receive training pertaining to individuals in crisis. However, our Crisis Intervention Officers received additional training in the areas of:

• Understanding signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders

• Recognizing when those signs and symptoms represent a crisis situation

• Safely de-escalating individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis

• Utilizing community resources and diversion strategies that are available to provide emergency assistance

This past fall, we successfully continued our accreditation efforts from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) and were reaccredited. A voluntary process, CALEA is an independent organization that reviews our policies and procedures and ensures we are in compliance with their standards. Since November 23, 1996, we have been accredited, and we are proud to have maintained The Gold Standard in Public Safety for 25 years!

I encourage our community to take advantage of other services and resources available, including the UMD Guardian App.

University’s Comfort Dog 

Teddy the Terp is ecstatic that our community is back for the spring semester. While Teddy is still going through his training to become a certified comfort dog, members of our community can make a request for Teddy to attend any upcoming meetings, events, or even a one on one session. Just email Teddy at teddytheterp@umpd.umd.edu and his handler, Officer Melissa Fischer will respond for scheduling. You can follow Teddy on Instagram at @teddytheterp.

Our Service K-9s 

After nearly 10 years of service to the University of Maryland and surrounding communities, our Explosives Detection K-9s, Jimbo, Bracken, and Pink have retired. The fourth dog, K-9 Chief, would have been retiring with them, but sadly passed away after his battle with cancer in 2019.  Some of their biggest accomplishments include protecting Terp fans during nine seasons of Maryland Football and Basketball games. Additionally, the dogs would patrol the University of Maryland campus daily, working to keep our facilities and our students, faculty, staff and guests safe. We wish them happiness in their next stages in life as civilian pets with their handlers and their family.

The retirement of three dogs can only mean one thing. Please welcome our three newest members, K-9s Hera, Hercules, and Buzz, to the University of Maryland community. You can expect to see them around campus, conducting trainings and assisting at special events and more. Unlike Teddy, these are working dogs, so we ask that you save your belly rubs for Teddy. But, please engage with the dogs’ handlers; they love talking with members of our community about their partner and how they help keep us safe from evolving threats.

Student Job Opportunities 

Come be part of the tradition of Terps Protecting Terps! Students can work as Student Police Aides in our Student Police Auxiliary or Monitors in our Security Operations Center. All majors are welcomed for both positions.

In Conclusion 

Since 1975, we have been here serving our community. Answering the call time and time again. We are here for you 24/7/365, and always will be. Protecting Maryland’s Future.

 

Chief David B. Mitchell

Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety

Lights On! Partners with the University of Maryland Police Department to Bring Mission to Campus Community

To learn more about Lights On!, visit https://www.lightsonus.org/  

UMPD Welcomes Three New Dogs to the Explosives Detection K-9 Unit

Crisis Intervention Team

  

A new program for the department is our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Currently, we have 12 officers who are trained specifically in the field of Crisis Intervention and are able to interact with crisis situations using de-escalation techniques that improve the safety for our community and the officers involved. This program offers many benefits to public safety, the University’s Mental and Behavioral health services, the UMD community, and the families of the UMD community.

All UMPD officers receive training pertaining to individuals in crisis. However, our Crisis Intervention Officers received additional training in the areas of:

• Understanding signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders

• Recognizing when those signs and symptoms represent a crisis situation

• Safely de-escalating individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis

• Utilizing community resources and diversion strategies that are available to provide emergency assistance

UMPD Announces the Retirement of Three Explosives Detection K-9s

UMPD Investigating On Campus Death

 

UPDATE – Out of respect for the family’s wishes, we will not be releasing the name of the deceased.

 

UMD Community Notice 12/20/2021

**Community Notice**

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of two incidents that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of two incidents reported to the Prince George's County Police Department.

INCIDENT:                 Off-Campus Burglaries  

OCCURRED:              December 19, 2021 (Sunday)/ Between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

LOCATIONS:               4200 block of Knox Road and 4500 block of Guilford Road, College Park, Maryland 

PGPD CASE NUMBERS:           21-0059040 and 2112190001933 

BRIEF DETAILS: 

On December 19, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m., and 7:36 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified by the Prince George’s County Police Department of two off-campus incidents. On December 20, 2021, at approximately 9:42 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was updated by the Prince George’s County Police Department. It was verified that two burglaries occurred in College Park, Maryland.

On December 19, 2021, at approximately 2:06 a.m., property was stolen out of an apartment located in the 4200 block of Knox Road. The door to the apartment was not secured. 

On December 19, 2021, between 2 a.m., and 9 a.m., property was stolen out of an apartment located in the 4500 block of Guilford Road.  

The Prince George's County Police Department are investigating these incidents.  

Individuals with any information regarding these incidents or the possible identity of suspect(s) are encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department (911 or 301-352-1200). 

When available for release, additional information, including updated descriptions of suspect, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm  and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/

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.

Make sure that you lock your doors and windows before you leave and when you are in for the night.

If your residence has a home security system, make sure to set it.

Never enter your residence if you see that a door or window has been forced. Go to the nearest safe place and contact the local police immediately.

Don’t leave valuables within window view and use blinds and drapes for privacy.

Store and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, including ladders, tools, bicycles, scooters, etc.

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.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ 911

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

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.

Prince George's County Police Department

911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

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

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

helpcenterumd.org

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/

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

301-405-1142 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

UMD Community Notice 12/16/2021

**Community Notice**

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of an incident that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of an incident reported to the Prince George's County Police Department.

INCIDENT:                 Off-Campus Burglary

OCCURRED:              Between December 11, 2021, at approximately 10 p.m., and December 12, 2021, at approximately 9 a.m.

LOCATION:               4600 block of Guilford Place, College Park, Maryland

PGPD CASE #:           21-0058308

BRIEF DETAILS:

On December 16, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was updated by the Prince George’s County Police Department regarding an off-campus incident. It was verified that a burglary occurred in the 4600 block of Guilford Place, College Park, Maryland.

On December 15, 2021, at approximately 4:46 p.m., residents of a house reported to police that between December 11, 2021, and December 12, 2021, property was stolen from the house. A window on the first floor was left unsecured.

The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating this incident.

Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of suspect are encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department (911 or 301-352-1200).

When available for release, additional information, including updated descriptions of suspect, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm  and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/

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.

Make sure that you lock your doors and windows before you leave and when you are in for the night.

If your residence has a home security system, make sure to set it.

Never enter your residence if you see that a door or window has been forced. Go to the nearest safe place and contact the local police immediately.

Don’t leave valuables within window view and use blinds and drapes for privacy.

Store and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, including ladders, tools, bicycles, scooters, etc.

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.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ 911

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

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.

Prince George's County Police Department

911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

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

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

helpcenterumd.org

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/

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

301-405-1142 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

UMD Safety Notice 12/02/2021

INCIDENT:                Indecent Exposures

OCCURRED:             December 2, 2021 (Thursday)/ Approximately 11:45 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION:               Stamp Student Union

UMPD CASE NUMBERS:    2021-91147 & 2021-91171

BRIEF DETAILS:

On December 2, 2021, the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of two indecent exposures incidents that occurred inside the Stamp Student Union.

On December 2, 2021, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a female student reported to police that at approximately 11:45 a.m., she was sitting on a bench. While she was on the bench, she noticed a male sitting across from her, exposed himself. The student left the area.

On December 2, 2021, at approximately 5:06 p.m., a female student reported to police that at approximately 2:30 p.m., a male sat directly across from her and a few minutes later the male exposed himself. The student left the area.

Throughout the course of the evening, our detectives have been following up on leads in attempt to identify the suspect in both cases. At this time, we are unable to identify the individual and unable to determine if these incidents are related or not.

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating this incident.

We encourage anyone with information about these incidents, to please call us at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

When available for release, additional information, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/home

Safety Tips:

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling 911 or 301-405-3333 or via the UMD Guardian app.

Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.

See Something, Say Something!

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.

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.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ 911

Non-Emergency Number 301-405-3555

Prince George's County Police Department

911 / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency)

UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

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

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

https://helpcenterumd.org/

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/

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

301-405-1142  

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

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