News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department
College Park, MD – On October 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in its 12th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back, the public has embraced the opportunity these take-back events provide to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. We collected approximately 75lbs. of unused pharmaceuticals.
Thanks again to our partners with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and everyone who assisted with the event.
Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/safety_notices_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=814 for information regarding an off-campus burglary that occurred on 10/17/16. The Prince George's County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.
Please see http://www.umdps.umd.edu/stats/safety_notices_umpd_detail.cfm?id=813 for information about an incident that was reported to the Univeristy of Maryland Police . This notice was sent by email to all students, faculty and staff.
Please see http://www.umdps.umd.edu/stats/safety_notices_umpd_detail.cfm?id=812 for information about an incident that was reported to the UMD Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct. This notice was sent to all students, faculty and staff.
Today, the University of Maryland Police Department issued an alert to campus as a precautionary measure as it investigated a report of a man carrying a rifle on campus. The investigation concluded that the gun was a rubber rifle used for training and being carried by an ROTC member dressed in plain clothes. The rubber rifle did not pose a threat. UMPD is sharing the following information so the community can better understand the incident.
On October 6, 2016 at 1:58 p.m. University Police received a report of a possible armed subject near Ritchie Coliseum. Officers met with the students who reported seeing the individual and verified seeing the man with what they believed was an AR-15 rifle. Our Security Operations Center reviewed camera footage and observed the individual enter a vehicle and leave campus. Follow-up with ROTC on campus revealed that the individual was likely a member of their unit. Because we could not immediately locate and identify this individual, we elected to issue a UMD Alert. Once the information was verified, we issued a follow-up message informing the community that the situation was resolved. The weapon carried by the individual was a rubber rifle used for training. This type of weapon is incapable of being fired. The individual is a Non-Commissioned Officer with the Marine Corps assigned to the Naval ROTC program.
Chief Mitchell has met with members of the ROTC command staff to ensure this type of incident does not happen in the future.
Dear Campus Community,
In light of the recent events regarding clown sightings throughout our country, I want to remind our campus community members not to get caught up in this hoax. The University of Maryland Police Department has not received any reports of clown sightings on our campus. If you receive a message or view a post containing any type of threat, whether involving the mention of clowns or not, report this immediately to UMPD or local police by dialing 911. Do not re-post the message.
Be Smart, Be Safe!
See Something, Say Something!
The purpose of this UMD Advisory is to make you aware of recent phone scams that have been reported to the University of Maryland Police Department.
A scammer will call a potential victim and tell them that they either owe money to the IRS or that a loved one of theirs is being held for ransom until payment is made to the scammer. In both scams, the scammer will use fear to try and convince the potential victim to comply with the scammer’s demands.
If you have been a victim or a potential victim of either one of these scams, immediately call the police.
To find out more on how you can avoid being a victim of an IRS phone scam, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOQypmRXTHE and https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/irs_scam_updates.shtml .
To avoid becoming a victim of this extortion scheme, look for the following possible indicators:
- Incoming calls come from an outside area code, sometimes from Puerto Rico with area codes (787), (939) and (856)
- Calls do not come from the kidnapped victim’s phone
- Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone
- Callers prevent you from calling or locating the “kidnapped” victim
- Ransom money is only accepted via wire transfer service
If you receive a phone call from someone who demands payment of a ransom for a kidnapped victim, the following should be considered:
- Try to slow the situation down. Request to speak to the victim directly. Ask, “How do I know my loved one is okay?”
- If they don’t let you speak to the victim, ask them to describe the victim or describe the vehicle they drive, if applicable.
- Listen carefully to the voice of the kidnapped victim if they speak.
- Attempt to call, text, or contact the victim via social media. Request that the victim call back from his or her cell phone.
- While staying on the line with alleged kidnappers, try to call the alleged kidnap victim from another phone.
- To buy time, repeat the caller’s request and tell them you are writing down the demand, or tell the caller you need time to get things moving.
- Don’t directly challenge or argue with the caller. Keep your voice low and steady.
- Request the kidnapped victim call back from his/her cell phone.
Working Together for a Safe Campus
The 2015 Annual Safety and Security Report is available for your review.
Our report 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 area crime reported to off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments that report data back to our Police Department.
In 2015, the Clery crime rate for the University remained consistently low, with some reporting differences of note. The reported number of sexual assaults increased from 2014, which is in part, related to the University’s awareness campaigns that encourages reporting and increases training on risk reduction and bystander intervention for sexual assault. The campus saw significant decreases in robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, and incidents of dating violence, to name a few. With the decriminalization of small amounts of Marijuana in the State of Maryland, drug referrals and arrests are at all-time lows.
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. Other property crimes reportable through Clery include Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson. The men and women of the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) are responsible for keeping the UMD campus safe and secure and in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department keeping 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
- Patrols by uniformed officers
- Explosive detection K9 unit
- Crime prevention programs
- Criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting, and investigation
- Student Police Auxiliary
- Safety Ambassadors
- Emergency 911 center
In 2015, The University of Maryland announced the debut of UMD Guardian, a mobile campus safety application (app) available to all students, faculty and staff. The UMD Guardian app for Apple and Android smartphones is designed to allow users quick and easy contact with UMPD, and has additional features for increasing safety on campus. Using UMD Guardian, users can initiate a safety timer session; place a panic (emergency) call to UMPD; or text a tip to UMPD. See Pages 9-10 for more details on UMD Guardian and information on how to download and install the app.
As part of our evolving safety initiatives, in cooperation with the City of College Park, the City-University Partnership was awarded grant funds to implement a Safety Ambassador Pilot Program that began in Spring of 2016. The Program is designed to have safety ambassadors who patrol the city area with a focus on safety and hospitality – greeting visitors, giving directions, doing outreach to citizens in need, and serving as eyes and ears for the agency by reporting quality of life issues such as potholes, downed trees, outages, hazards and more; as well as reporting any suspicious activities they encounter.
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. We have no greater priority than the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, but a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone.
To view our Annual Safety and Security Report, please visit:
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See Something, Say Something!
Be Smart, Be Safe!
David B. Mitchell
Chief of Police
University of Maryland Police Department