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UMD Police to Conduct DUI Saturation Patrols

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The University of Maryland Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation patrols on Friday March 15th, 2013 and Saturday March 16, 2013. The purpose of the saturation patrols is to detect and arrest people driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, and/or driving while impaired by drugs. The University of Maryland Police, along with police agencies throughout Maryland, remind you ... DO NOT drink and drive. DO have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break!

 

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Gun Safety and Awareness Seminar March 14, 2013 at 7pm

Professor Tom Mauriello and representatives from the University of Maryland Police Department will be holding a presentation to discuss gun violence andto provide information on gun safety and awareness.  This will be located at 1400 Marie Mount Hall on tonight (3/14) at 7:00 P.M. and will last until 9:00 P.M.

This event will also be broadcasted on Professor Mauriello's webcast show "forensicweek.com" live.  This event will also be found on the YouTube channel of the same name after the event.

 

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Storm Forecast for Tuesday Evening Through Wednesday Evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Baltimore-Washington area—meaning there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulation--in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening, with the possibility of snow accumulations of more than five inches and a potential for significant snowfall within the watch area.  Officials forecast precipitation mixing with and changing to snow Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday evening with temperatures in the lower and mid-30s and winds 10 to 20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH.  Uncertainty remains with the track of the low pressure front and location of the rain-snow line which ultimately will determine snowfall totals.  Potential impacts include difficult driving conditions, heavy, wet snow, and gusty winds leading to power outages. 

  Winter Storm Saturn

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has dubbed this storm “Snowquester;” though meteorologists continue to watch the forecast models to assess potential accumulation, there seems to be consensus that there will be snow Wednesday.  The Weather Channel has dubbed this Winter Storm Saturn, and predicts significant travel impacts to include flight delays that may ripple through the East Coast through Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, even if significant storm impacts remain in the Mid-Atlantic area.  Snow is likely Wednesday, with rain or snow mainly east of I-95.  The snow could be heavy at times.  But if the storm tracks too far south, lighter precipitation would be expected, and more rain may mix with the snow, even west of I-95. Snow and/or rain tapers off Wednesday night, with lows 30-34 (suburbs-city). 

 Snowfall Estimates

A summary of snow accumulation predictions:

  • Chance of 2” or more: 70-80 percent
  • Chance of 5” or more: 45-60 percent
  • Chance of 10” or more: 10-30 percent

Note: The low end of the ranges apply to D.C./I-95 and points east, while the higher end of the ranges apply to areas west of D.C. and I-95 (where the accumulation potential is greater due to colder temperatures).

Source: NWS Winter Storm Watch, Washington Post, Washington Post, Weather Channel, Accuweather

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2/05/2013 Reported Armed Robbery Determined to be False

On 02/05/2013 at approximately midnight, Teshauna Nicole Jones reported that she was robbed at gunpoint on Paintbranch Parkway near Rhode Island Avenue.  After extensive searching and reviewing of surveillance tape, it was determined that Jones' statement was a fabrication.  Prince George's Police Department detectives interviewed Jones again and she admitted to making up the robbery because she owed a relative money.  On 02/08/2013, Jones was charged with making a false statement and is currently awaiting trial.

Further information can be found on PGPD's blog.

Chief David Mitchell Receives Tribute for Over 40 years of Public Service

Chief Mitchell is receiving a tribute today from the Public Safety Leadership Association for his extensive and multi-faceted career and breadth of law enforcement experience.  Law enforcement leaders including MSP Superintendent Brown and Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw were in attendance as Chief Mitchell was recognized by the Public Safety Leadership Association.

The law enforcement career of David B. Mitchell spans four decades. His career began in 1971 as a Police Officer in Prince George's County, Maryland. He worked his way up the ranks, and in 1990 was appointed Chief of Police. For the next five years, he led the 38th largest police department in the nation, serving a population of over 750,000 people. In 1995, Governor Parris Glendening appointed Dave Mitchell to his cabinet as the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. As Superintendent, he led the seventh largest state police department in the nation for eight years, including during the 9-11 attacks in 2001 and the DC Sniper case in 2003.

After retiring from the State Police, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed Dave as the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in 2004. For the next five years, he led a department of over 1,000 employees to provide for the safety and security of Delaware's citizens and property using an "All Hazards and All Citizens Approach."

Today, Dave Mitchell is the Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police for the University of Maryland, College Park. As such, he leads over 200 personnel, serving a population of 60,000 students and staff at the University of Maryland's flagship campus.

In 1981 Dave graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland, University College. In 1986 he earned his master's degree in Public Policy (Financial Management) from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. In 1996 Dave earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

Dave is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (154th session) and the FBI National Executive Institute (1991).

Dave is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Division of Public Safety Leadership, University of Maryland, and the University of Maryland, University College.

Please join us in congratulating Chief Mitchell on his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to public service!

Police / Community Basketball Game - College Park

University of Maryland Police, Maryland Park Police, and Prince George's County Police are partnering with the UMD Office of Community Engagement, Embry Center for Family Life, University of Maryland Athletics, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the City of College Park to host the Community Teens / Law Enforcement basketball game to foster our police - community relationship. 

Friday, February 1st, 2012

7:30 pm

College Park Community Center

5051 Pierce Avenue

Join us for a great game, give-aways & free food!

Future games will take place on the first Friday of every other month—next game will be on April 5th

Tips for Prevention of Office Theft

 

Office Security

Tips on how to enhance security within your work environment

  • AVOID THEFTS OF OPPORTUNITY… Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables. Opportunity thefts are the most preventable crimes that occur.
  • Always secure your valuables and personal belongings, including cell phones, iPods, iPads and other electronics, in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep items of value out of sight and secured. Do not bring items of significant value to work and do not carry large sums of cash. If you cannot secure the items, carrying them with you is the best bet.
  • Mark your valuables in some distinctive fashion.
  • Ensure that laptops are secured with a cable on your desk.
  • Carry the key to your file cabinets or desk drawer with you, or keep your keys in a secured area. (Depending on your position, if you leave work items locked up and you are absent from work, someone else may need legitimate access to your work materials – so make sure to have an extra key).
  • Turn off your computer at night or protect access to your personal or confidential information on your computer by using a password; you can "lock" your desktop when you step away from your computer for any length of time.
  • Empty out your pockets prior to hanging your coat in a public closet.
  • Familiarize yourself with all emergency exits.
  • If you are alone and intending to remain in your office after normal office hours, please make sure someone knows you are there and that you are by yourself. Public Safety has an "Escort Service" if you feel the need to have someone escort you to your vehicle after dark. Call 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus)
  • Engage in a "community" watch effort and report suspicious individuals or activity to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
For UM Department of Public Safety service, dial:
911 from campus phones (emergency only)
301-405-3555 from any off-campus phone (non-emergency)
301-314-7900 from TTY/TDD
#3333 from any Verizon Wireless, ATT, Sprint/Nextel or T-Mobile cell phone
301-405-7032 for Crime Prevention Unit (Laptop locks, STOP tags, etc.)
301-405-7032 for Sergeant August Kenner, akenner@umpd.umd.edu, Crime Prevention Unit Coordinator

Prepared by FM Human Resources 11/2012

Frozen Donuts

 

UMDPS “Frozen Donuts” Team Plunge for Special Olympics MD

On January 26, 2013 the UMDPS “Frozen Donuts” team plunged into the icy Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point in support of MD Special Olympics.  The team is made up of officers and civilian staff of the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety.  The following individuals plunged:
 
MPO Clayton Brown
Sgt. John Brown
PFC Patrick Dykstra
MPO John Fitzgerald
Sgt. Ken Leonard
Ms. Victoria Mammano
Sgt. Paige Miller
MPO Sean Rabold
MPO Derrick Thompson
 
A few family and friends joined our officers as well:
 
John Miller
Peggy Thompson
Courtney Wagner
Greg Carroll
 
The “Frozen Donuts” team raised $3300 for Special Olympics.  "I am so proud of our officers and family who joined together to support this terrific cause." - Chief David B. Mitchell.

Spring 2013 Welcome Message from Police Chief Mitchell

Dear Students,

I would like to welcome all of you back for what is sure to be a great spring semester. While I understand you will be receiving many emails pertaining to your academics, please take a few minutes to read this important email regarding your safety and well-being.

The issue of your safety on and around campus is always of concern for us. Since 2006, the UMD College Park Campus has seen a continual decrease in violent crime both on and off campus. To continue this trend I am asking that you take to heart these very important safety tips.

  • Before you leave your residence or go to sleep for the night, check to be sure that all windows and doors are locked.
  • Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you - electronic devices that block your hearing or split your attention make it difficult for you to remain vigilant.
  • Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others and use well-lit paths. Department of Public Safety escort services are available 24/7 at 301-405-3555.
  • If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately. Prevent people from tailgating into the building by ensuring the door closes as soon as possible after you enter.
  • If you observe suspicious behavior, report it to police immediately by dialing 301-405-3555 or #3333 from a mobile device.
  • Note the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phones and look for them as you walk.
  • Register for emergency text alerts at alert.umd.edu.
  • Follow @UMPD on Twitter for information updates.
  • Download the M-Urgency safety app available for IOS and Android devices. Visit m-urgency.umd.edu for additional information and instructions.

Important Safety Resources

University of Maryland Police

  • Follow @UMPD on Twitter for information on incidents and events or visit our Facebook page
  • Public Safety blog site at blog.umpd.umd.edu
  • UMD Alerts: Register for emergency text alerts and crime warning emails at alert.umd.edu.
  • UMDPS website: www.umdps.umd.edu (contains daily incident logs)
  • EMERGENCY NUMBERS: 911 from any phone, 301-405-3333 or #3333 (from mobile device)

Prince George’s County Police

  • 911 from mobile or landline phone
  • Non-Emergency Number: 301-352-1200
  • Follow @PGPDNEWS on Twitter for information on incidents and events in Prince George's County

While we always do our best to keep you safe, we hope that you can take the first step in keeping yourself out of danger. I hope this information serves as a reminder of what you can do to reduce your chance of being the victim of a crime and to help you remain safe during the school year. I am happy to answer any questions our concerns you have throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me at chief@umpd.umd.edu. I wish you a very successful semester. Be safe and GO TERPS!

Stay safe,
Chief David Mitchell

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