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College Park Good Neighbor Day 04/06/2013

The University of Maryland, M-NCPPC Parks & Recreation and the City of College Park invite you to participate on the 2nd Annual Good Neighbor Day.  This event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the College Park Community Center from 9am to 1:30pm.

Good Neighbor Day is an annual volunteer service day, which renews the University’s commitment to being a good neighbor in the City of College Park.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects, including:

  • 5K Lakeland Discovery Trail Hike
  • Neighborhood Clean up;
  • Food Drive from March 15 thru April 6th.  Donate and sort non-perishable goods for the local food banks;
  • Cleaning up the Old Town playground;
  • Cleaning up the Old Parish House;
  • Serving as a Lakeland history expert and curator at Lake Artemesia along the Lakeland Discovery Trail Hike; 
  • Celebrate the Unveiling of the  Lakeland Past & Present Community Mural

Your participation is also encouraged by dropping off non-perishable goods on several location on campus from March 15 thru April 6th and at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, on Good Neighbor Day.   

For more information and to register as a volunteer, please go to www.goodneighborday.umd.edu.  Please let me know if I can place a box or boxes in your location.  Please share this message with your network.  Thanks.

Together, we can make College Park “smart place to live.”

UMPD Award / Promotion Ceremony

On 03/13/2013, Chief David Mitchell honored both civilian and sworn employess in the 2013 Award and Promotion ceremony.  Over 200 employees were recognized for their promotions and for their exemplary dedication to their jobs.

Awards were handed out for many things such as the quick action taken by numerous members of this department in the Alexander Song case to the life saving actions taken by officers save the life of individuals who were invovled in a near fatal accident. 

While there is no way to properly reward the many employees of this UMPD for all that they do for the College Park community and for their dedication to the safety and security of all of it's residents, this award / promotion ceremony was an opportunity to show those employees that they are appreciated for the hard work they do.

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

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