News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department


UMPD raises over $5500 dollars for MD Special Olympics

30 hours later and just under an inch of rain, the University of Maryland Police Department raised $5534 dollars for Maryland Special Olympics. Officers and civilians took to the Dunkin Donuts at 9701 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, at 6 A.M. on September 21st and remain there until 12 P.M. on September 22nd. Sergeant John Brown, Master Patrol Officers Clay Brown, and Brian Meekins set up tents on the rooftop for 30 hours of Dunkin Donuts greeting customer and drivers, cracking jokes, and raising awareness for Maryland Special Olympics.  


Master Patrol Officers Tonya Walker, Garfield Kelly, Sam Jones, Shawn Brown, Sergeants Rosanne Hoaas and August Kenner, Captain Robert Mueck, and civilians Hunter Mueck, Victoria Mammano, Barb Asbury, and Jenny Asbury greeted customers on the ground level and provided information about Special Olympics to customers. A thank you to Master Patrol Officer Kathy Culhane for logistical support, John Hall for set up and break down, and Master Patrol Officers Derrick Thompson and Minkyu Pak for coverage.

Customers were able to donate by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win various items, a silent auction for a chance to win various athletic memorabilia, or just donate cash. For a third year in a row, Sergeant Paige Miller organized and facilitated another successful event. Because of her continuous dedication and passion for Special Olympics, UMPD has been able to participate in a wonderful event for a great organization. UMPD would also like to thank Dunkin Donuts for their continuous support and allowing us the use of their establishment.




Cops On Rooftops! - Special Olympics of Maryland Benefit

Come on out and help support Special Olympics of Maryland.

UMPD Officers will be on the College Park Dunkin Donuts rooftop Saturday and Sunday

Sept. 21 - 22

9701 Baltimore Avenue

University of Maryland Police Expands its Concurrent Jurisdiction

The University of Maryland Police Department is excited to further expand its concurrent jurisdiction to better serve and protect the University community and surrounding areas.  UMPD, working in conjunction with the Prince George's County Police Department, have further expanded our jurisdiction to areas where students live or patronize.  This collaborative effort is a result of the strong partnership of our two departments and our desire to better protect the College Park community.

Law Enforcement Analyst Intern Position

The University of Maryland Police Department has a new position open in our Information Analysis unit.  The position is open to current UMD students and is an excellent opporutnity to be exposed to the Criminal Justice and Intelligence Analysis world.  The job posting is listed below:

Law Enforcement Analyst Intern/Trainee

  • Starting Salary is $10.00 an hour
  • Under general supervision, review and analyze crime and threat information; interpret patterns and trends; prepare and disseminated information products; and make recommendations related to data collection, resource deployment, crime prevention, and crime forecasting.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • Current University of Maryland College Park student in Social Science, Criminal Justice, or related field.
    • Experience using computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, and desktop publishing; Experience with ArcGIS preferred.
    • Must submit resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample.
    • Must pass a background check.

Apply for this and other open positions with UMPD at our main website.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

University of Maryland Preparedness Initiatives

National Preparedness Month


September is National Preparedness Month. Preparedness is a shared responsibility, it takes a whole community. Leading into the month and during the month of September, UMD Emergency Management will be engaging the UMD community on emergency preparedness. Below is a list of ways that UMD Emergency Management will participate during National Preparedness Month:

Promote UMD Alerts, UMD SOS app, M-Urgency, and the UMD Emergency Preparedness website

  • Promote these communications via FYI, DOTS advertising, the UMD Emergency Preparedness website
  • Promote at the Protect Your Shell Fair

2013 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

  • There will be flyers posted throughout campus and online to promote and encourage participation in the 2013 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill that will occur on October 17, 2013 at 10:17a.m. “Drop, Cover, Hold On!”
  • Post flyers via FYI, DOTS advertising, The Diamondback, and the UMD Emergency Preparedness Facebook Page, UMPD Facebook Page

National Preparedness Month Ad

  • Run an ad for National Preparedness Month on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Flashlight Keychains

  • Provide free LED flashlight keychains give-a-ways at the First Look Fair and Benefits Fair. The purpose of providing free LED flashlight keychains is to help the UMD community build an emergency kit, which is part of the National Preparedness Month campaign.

UMD Alerts Emergency Preparedness Handouts

  • Provide UMD Alerts Emergency Preparedness Handouts at the Protect Your Shell Fair, First Look Fair, and Benefits Fair.



For more information on National Preparedness Month, you can visit

For any questions on emergency preparedness at UMD, please e-mail


A joint project between the University Police and Resident Life, Stop. Observe. Seek Information. (SOS) is a safety awareness campaign to promote situational awareness, crime prevention, and emergency preparedness for our University of Maryland community.

We launched the UMD SOS app to provide community members with on-the-go reference for various emergency situations. The UMD SOS app will also provide up-to-date information distributed by the campus system.

The app is currently available for iOS mobile devices via the app store. An Android version is currently being worked on and will be available soon.


  UMD students, faculty, and staff can use M-Urgency to contact the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) for emergency services. M-Urgency sends live audio and video from your smartphone directly to UMPD, enabling fast and appropriate dispatch for emergency assistance. The M-Urgency app is available for iOS and Android devices at


College Park, MD: For additional information, please contact Sgt. Aaron Davis at 301-405-9960.




Tips for Terps

Welcome Back!  As you're preparing to get started with the fall semester, please familiarize yourself with these safety tips to help ensure your success. 

Make the call. Program the number for the University of Maryland Police into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, don’t hesitate, make the call.

  • Emergencies, dial 301-405-3333 or 911
  • Non-emergencies or if calling for a police walking escort, dial 301-405-3555

Call for help in alcohol/drug-related medical emergencies. The University's "Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergency" Policy (aka Good Samaritan Policy) provides disciplinary relief for individuals who call for emergency medical assistance in the event of excessive alcohol consumption. Both the caller and the individual in need of medical assistance are covered by the policy. The policy is intended to promote responsible behavior while decreasing any potential disciplinary punishments that may be a deterrent to calling for emergency medical assistance. For more information, read the policy here:

Don’t walk alone. Take advantage of the UMPD safety escort services or walk with friends or classmates.

  • To call for an escort, dial 301-405-3555

Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it’s just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.

Download and Install UMD's Very Own Safety Apps.

  • M-Urgency Safety App
    • M-Urgency sends live audio and video from your smartphone directly to the University of Maryland Police Department, enabling fast and appropriate dispatch of emergency assistance. Available for Android 2.2 or higher phones and iPhone 4/4S/5 (iOS 6.x).
    • To download and for more info visit:
  • UMD SOS App
    • This a joint project between the University Police and Resident Life, Stop. Observe. Seek Information. (SOS) is a safety awareness campaign to promote situational awareness, crime prevention, and emergency preparedness for our University of Maryland community. It is currently available in the App Store. (The Android version is currently under production.)

On the bus. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. Sit near the door or the driver and stay awake. If someone’s harassing you, ask the driver to let you off at a populated bus stop or a well-lit area like a gas station.

Grab it. Close it. Lock it. College and university parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo faceplates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm.

Report solicitors. Magazine subscriptions, donation requests, spa packages and "earn money now" schemes are some of the common methods criminals use to take your money. Avoid solicitors’ scams by politely saying no and immediately notifying university police. Never provide a solicitor with your personal information.

Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in your wallet or purse. 

Keep your Residence Hall room locked. Even if you’re going next door to a friend’s room, always grab your keys and lock the door. A propped open door is a perfect target for would-be thieves and allows them quick and easy access to your belongings. If your room has additional doors and windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.

Protect your wheels. If you ride a bike, register your bike with the Department of Transportation Services.  Registering your bike helps improve the likelihood of recovery if stolen. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel "U" lock. For optimum security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack.

Your Student ID Card Phone Numbers Explained


Campus Police Non-Emergency Number: Call for questions, lost & found items, and suspicious people or packages. In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or 301-405-3333.

NITE Ride: This curb-to-curb shuttle service operates seven nights a week from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and services the areas of campus that are not included on the evening service routes or when the evening service routes are not in operation.

CARE: The CARE Office provides free and confidential resources, support, and assistance to any member of the UMD community impacted directly or indirectly by rape, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. You can choose to remain anonymous for some services or share as much or as little as is comfortable of your story. You will not be forced into any actions or disclosures with which you are not comfortable.

Fall 2013 Move-In Safety Tips

Move-In Safety Tips

As you prepare to move back to campus for the Fall semester, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind you of a few important safety measures you can take to protect your property.  Moving in presents an opportunity for theft to occur.  Please take a moment to review the following:

  • Never leave property unattended.
  • Keep your residence hall or apartment room locked between trips to the car.
  • After unloading to the curb at your residence hall, have someone stay with your belongings
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.  If you must leave expensive items inside your vehicle, ensure they are out of plain sight.
  • Find a way to secure your computer, laptop, tablet inside your residence hall.  The Technology Store on campus carries security cables, which are an excellent deterrent to theft.  The UMDPS Crime Prevention Unit also provides S.T.O.P. Tags which can be affixed to your devices to help deter theft.  For more information on S.T.O.P. Tags, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 301-405-7032. 
  • Lock the door to your room: always, every time. Even when you’re just down the hall.

There will be a lot of activity at the entrances to the buildings, in the elevators, and in the halls.  The increased foot traffic makes apartment buildings and residence halls more susceptible to unwanted visitors.  Keep an eye on your belongings.  Have someone watch your things while you move in.

Follow us on Twitter @UMPD and register your mobile device to receive UMD Alerts at

Please see the DRL website for additional safety and security tips.

UMPD Officers Make Quick Arrest for Two Motor Scooter Thefts

At around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd, a UMPD officer observed three males operating three motor scooters on Route 1 without proper safety equipment.  The males noticed the officer and fled south on Route 1.  Officers pursued the subjects to East-West Highway where one subject dismounted and fled on foot.  The second subject crashed the scooter and was taken into custody. The first subject was soon located at the College Park Metro Station by an off-duty US Secret Service police officer and was apprehended.    The third subject was not located.  

William Thomas Cato, 18, of SE, DC was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and violations of the traffic law. 

Julian Emmanuell Ruffin, 22, of Glenarden, MD was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and violations of the traffic law.  He was also served with an open warrant for assault.

Both motor scooters were stolen from the rear of the Varsity apartment complex at 8150 Baltimore Avenue.  They were returned to their owners. Cato and Ruffin are not affiliated with UMD.


Welcome to UMPD News

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