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Statement from the University of Maryland Regarding Hit and Run

“It is with deep sadness that we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the University of Maryland student killed this morning in a tragic, senseless accident,” said Wallace D. Loh, President of the University of Maryland.  “In this time of loss, I ask that the entire Maryland family keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

The police investigation of this matter is ongoing.  Prince George’s County Police is leading the investigation, however the university is assisting with all appropriate resources, including the University of Maryland Police Department. The university is committed to doing everything possible to provide assistance for our community during this time.

For information about the incident and updates, please visit http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/2014/01/pgpd-investigates-fatal-hit-and-run-in.html

 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.
 
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PGPD Recognizes Members of UMPD's Information Analysis Unit

On 01/16/14, Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD) presented Ms. Ashlee Parker and Ms. Bethany Tiernan, who are members of the University of Maryland Police Department's (UMPD) Information Analysis Unit with the Chief's award from PGPD's Chief Magaw. In special recognition of the invaluable assistance and commitment you displayed to the men and women of the Prince George's County Police Department. Your continued support demonstrates your dedication to public safety and the citizens we serve.

Congratulations Ms. Parker and Ms. Tiernan!

Picture above from left to right:

Capt. Lloyd (PGPD), Major Brewer (PGPD), Chief Magaw (PGPD), Ms. Ashlee Parker (UMPD), Ms. Bethany Tiernan (UMPD), and Chief David B. Mitchell (UMPD) 

UMPD, DES, and PGFD Respond to an Incident at Oakland Hall

At approximately 8:49 a.m. this morning, the University of Maryland Police Department received a call regarding a possible explosion at Oakland Hall. The University of Maryland Police Department, University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety and Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the scene.

 

Two University of Maryland Facilities Management employees were working on the roof of Oakland Hall when a small explosion occurred inside an HVAC boiler unit, due to a mechanical failure. This incident was an isolated event contained to the HVAC unit. The employees, who were performing a reset of the system with accordance to their procedures, suffered minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.  At this time, they have both been treated and released.

 

Oakland Hall was scarcely occupied at the time, as most students have not returned to campus. Oakland Hall is currently open and there is no building damage as a result of the explosion. 

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UMPD and Allied Agencies Participate in Active Shooter Training Exercise

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), University of Maryland Campus Recreation Services, Department of Environmental Safety (DES), Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD), and Prince George's County Fire Department (PGFD) participated in a active shooter training exercise on January 10th, 2014, at the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC) at the University of Maryland.

Due to the recent relevancy of active shooter incidents across the nation, the University of Maryland is taking a proactive approach to discuss, test, and evaluate its plans, resources, and coordination. The purpose of the training exercise is to provide participants an opportunity to demonstrate the response plans, policies, and procedure for responding to an active shooter at the University of Maryland.

A UMD Text Alert was sent out to inform the campus community of a Police training exercise taking place at the ERC. If an actual incident is occurring on campus, a UMD Text Alert would be sent with information to the campus community informing them what is going on and what to do. When officers entered ERC, they were greeted by sounds of blanks being fired off to simulate the sound of gun shots and as well as the smell of gun powder. Students volunteered as victims with injuries as well as witnesses, making the exercise more conducive to what officers may encounter in an actual event. Even though the training exercise was in a controlled environment, officers were presented with factors that they would encounter in an actual event; making the training exercise as real as possible without compromising participant's safety.

With every active shooter, the goal is to eliminate the threat in the least amount of time as possible with the fewest amount of casualties as possible. We conduct these training exercises to train and prepare for the worst but hope for the best. If you are unsure of what to do in an active shooter incident, please visit http://www.umd.edu/emergencypreparedness/guides/activeshooter.cfm , where general information is listed about active shooters, safety tips, and a short video about Run, Hide, and Fight!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

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UMPD and BSUDPS Welcomes New Officers to the Force

On January 10th, 2014, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and Bowie State University Department of Public Safety (BSUDPS) welcomed new editions to their police force. Pvt’s. Heath Koops, Andrew Ross, and Joshua Feldman were sworn-in by Chief David B. Mitchell and PFC Charles Quigley of BSUDPS, was sworn-in by Chief Ernest Waiters in front of family, friends, and members of the University community at the Inn and Conference Center. Vice President of Administration and Finance, Carlo Colella, was the key note speaker for today’s event. The new officers endure six months of training at UMPD's Police Academy that not only included classroom education, but drill and ceremony, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, first responder, defensive tactics, and physical training. UMPD would like to congratulate these officers on their accomplishments and the best of luck on your future endeavors.

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UMPD Detectives Make Arrests in Robbery by Force Incident

On January 8th, 2014, members of the Criminal Investigations Unit and Strategic Enforcement Response Team of the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) arrested and charged 3 male individuals that robbed a male UMD student.

On December 21st, 2013, at approximately 3:33 a.m., UMPD’S Security Operations Center notified UMPD officers of a fight that was occurring in lot 11b. Once on scene, officers stopped and identified 3 males, who denied any involvement in the incident. While on scene with the officers, the victim, a male UMD student, was adamant that nothing had occurred and was transported to a nearby area hospital for injuries that he sustained from the altercation. It was later determined by the victim that his property was taken during the altercation and the 3 male individuals that were stopped by police were identified as the assailants.

On January 8th, 2014, with the assistance from Howard County Police Department, the following individuals were arrested by the University of Maryland Police Department and were charged with: Robbery, First and Second Degree Assault, and Theft Less than $1000.00. In addition to these charges, Mr. Correa-Duggan and Mr. Souder will be charged with Trespassing on School Grounds due to both being previously denied to the University of Maryland campus by UMPD officers. The individuals have no affiliation to the University.

 

Rafael Correa-Duggan

Laurel, MD

19 yoa

 

Jackson Souder

Ellicott City, MD

20 yoa

 

Jake Kiernan

College Park, MD

19 yoa

 

 

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UMPD Assists PGPD with Apprehension Following Pursuit

On January 4, 2014 at approximately 4:15 PM, the Prince Georges County Police were pursuing a vehicle which drove onto the UMD College Park campus.  The vehicle crashed into wooden bollards near the Eppley Recreation Center at which time the driver of the pursued vehicle was apprehended by a PGPD officer. The other occupant of the vehicle fled on foot.  Security Monitors working at the UMPD Security Operations Center tracked the fleeing person on camera and informed UMPD officers of the person's location.  UMPD officers responded to the location provided by the SOC Security Monitor and apprehended the suspect, who was turned over to PGPD's custody.  Due to the quick action by our SOC staff and responding officers, the fleeing suspect was quickly apprehended.  Additional information, when available may be found at http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/.

UMPD detectives make arrests in robbery case

On December 24th, 2013, the University of Maryland Police Department and our Criminal Investigation Unit are pleased to announce an additional arrest relating to the November 9th, 2013, robbery that occurred behind the View Apartments.

Christopher Ray Gutierrez was taken into custody on December 23rd, 2013 and is being charged with robbery, theft less than $1000, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault.

Christopher Ray Gutierrez

Riverdale, MD

18 yoa

 

Additional information, when available will be posted here.

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The University of Maryland Police Department and our Criminal Investigation Unit are pleased to announce the identity and arrest of 4 suspects who were involved in the November 9th, 2013, robbery.

On November 9th, 2013, at approximately 3:15 a.m., two UMD male students were assaulted and robbed on the footpath behind the View Apartments. Personal property was taken off of their persons and the suspects fled the scene towards Baltimore Avenue. At no time were any weapons displayed or implied.

Arrest warrants were applied for and issued for the below list individuals and were taken into custody on November 25th, 2013. On November 26th, 2013, an additional suspect was arrested and taken into custody. The first 3 individuals are being charged with 2 counts of robbery, 2 counts of assault, 4 counts of conspiracy, and 2 counts of theft less than $1000.00. The 4th individual out of Washington, D.C. is being charged with 2 counts of robbery, 2 counts of assault, 6 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, and 2 counts of theft less than $1000.00.

 

Yonis Dagoberto Cruz

Hyattsville, MD

18 yoa

Luis Mauricio Flores-Morales

Hyattsville, MD

20 yoa

 

Ulises Armando Flores-Morales

Hyattsville, MD

19 yoa

Steven Williams Cruz

Washington, D.C.

20 yoa

 

 

Additional arrest is forthcoming and additional information will be provided when it becomes available.

 

 

Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice

Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=730 for information regarding an off-campus burglary that occurred on 12/23/13. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

 

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UMPD participated in Operation Santa With a Badge

On Saturday, December 14th, 2013, officers from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and other agencies participated in Shop with a Cop. Officers picked up children from a local school and went shopping. The children were given rides in the officer’s vehicle with lights and sirens on while they made their way to the mall. Once there, officers shopped with the children for gifts and ate lunch together. UMPD would like to thank The Maryland Association of School Resource Officers for orchestrating the 9th annual Operation Santa with a Badge Program.

 

Pringe George's Park Police Officer Cpl. Savoy and UMPD Officer's MPO Santana and Sgt. Kenner get ready for Shop with a Cop.

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