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UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at Technology Advancement Program (TAP) Building

On September 26, 2018, at approximately 1:16 p.m., UMPD responded to the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) building for a hate bias incident. An employee reported to police that they found a phrase that involves offensive language against the African American community written in pencil on the men’s bathroom stall wall. It is unknown as to how long the phrase has been there for.

A picture was taken of the writing and it was removed. The property was not damaged.

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.

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UMD Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

Working Together for a Safe Campus

The 2018 Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for your review. 

The Annual Security Report (ASR) 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 crime that occurred where University students stay while on University-sponsored travel, traveling within the United States or abroad, area crime reported to off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments that report data back to our Police Department.

As you look over the statistics for 2017, you will see there are two murders reported. The first was the murder of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III, in which an arrest was made shortly thereafter. The accused is charged with murder and a hate crime and is expected to go to trial in January 2019.

The second murder occurred while a University of Maryland (UMD) student was traveling as part of a University-sponsored trip out-of-state. In the summer of 2018, in response to a Clery Act travel inquiry, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was notified of a murder that occurred in the common area of a hotel in Chapel Hill, NC in February 2017.  The student was staying in the hotel at the time of the murder.  Clery Act regulations require that this crime is included in our statistics, as it occurred in a Non-Campus Property/Building for 2017. The student was not a victim, nor suspect in the incident.

There are a number of statistics worthy of mention. Burglary/B&E and Motor Vehicle Theft numbers have continued to decline to historic lows.  The primary reasons for these results include the restructure of patrol service and camera surveillance enhancements.  Furthermore, drug referrals and arrests remain at all-time lows due to the decriminalization in 2015 of small amounts of Marijuana in the State of Maryland. 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. 

This report reflects changes in data sets due to revised reporting requirements and the development of new ways to report.  Footnotes, which clarify where changes in reporting have resulted in a noticeable variance from previous years’ reports, are included in the interest of transparency. 

The men and women of UMPD are responsible for keeping the UMD College Park campus safe and secure. We do this in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department, working together to keep 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 (UMD Alerts)
  • UMD Guardian Safety App
  • Patrols by uniformed officers
  • Explosive Detection K9 unit 
  • Crime prevention programs 
  • Criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting, and investigation 
  • Student Police Auxiliary
  • Emergency 911 center

In 2017 we created Safe Terp Trade Zone. Safe Terp Trade Zone is a safety resource that provides the buyer and seller a safe space to meet in person to complete their on-line purchase. Both parties can meet in the lobby of our police station or at our parking lot to conduct the exchange. More information about this program, visit https://umpdnews.umd.edu/node/934

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. 

To view the Annual Safety and Security Report, please visit:

http://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/AnnualSecurityReport.pdf

Printed copies of the Annual Safety and Security Report may be obtained from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Pocomoke Building (007), 7569 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3555.

To view the Annual Fire Safety Report, please visit: http://www.essr.umd.edu/fire/report/. The purpose of this report is to disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to our on-campus student housing and to disclose statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.  Individual printed copies of the 2017 Annual Fire Safety Report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, Seneca Building, 4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103, College Park, Maryland 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3960.

We have no greater priority than the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, and a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone. 

 

David B. Mitchell
Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety
University of Maryland Police Department

 

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD)
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 9-1-1

UMD Guardian Safety App

https://go.umd.edu/36z

UMPD Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD)
9-1-1 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 9-1-1

NITE Ride 301-314-6483 

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 301-314-4357

https://helpcenterumd.org/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

Counseling Center 301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE)
301-741-3442

http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center 301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

UMD Alerts
https://alert.umd.edu

Visit our website at http://www.umpd.umd.edu for further information on our Department.  To stay up to date on the latest news, follow us on Twitter @UMPD and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UMDPoliceDept/

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Passing of Retired UMPD Motorcycle Officer, Cpl. Conaway "Steel" "Motorman"

 

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Retired University of Maryland Police Department motorcycle officer, Corporal William “Bill” Conaway. Cpl Conaway, “Steel”, or “Motorman” as he was known served the University of Maryland community from 1983 to 2005. Please keep Cpl. Conaway’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss. 

The funeral for Retired Corporal William “Bill” Conaway is listed below:

DATE and TIME:

Monday, September 24, 2018

Viewing: 1:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Funeral:  2:30 p.m.

There will not be an interment following the funeral service.

LOCATION:

University of Maryland Memorial Chapel

1101 Memorial Chapel

College Park, MD 20742

PARKING:

Parking is available in the Regents Drive Parking Garage on the top level. A shuttle will be available to transport attendees from the parking garage to the Memorial Chapel. Attendees will need to exit the garage on the Regents Drive side to ride the shuttle. 

The Regents Drive Parking Garage is located approximately 3 blocks from the Memorial Chapel.  The address for the parking garage is 8056 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742. 

The below link contains a map that shows the locations of the Chapel and the Regents Drive Parking Garage:

https://www.transportation.umd.edu/parking/maps/map_visitor.pdf

UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at La Plata Hall

On September 16, 2018, at approximately 5:56 p.m., UMPD responded to La Plata Hall for a hate bias incident that occurred between 2 a.m. and 5:56 p.m, on September 16, 2018. The Resident Assistant reported to police that they found non-inclusive, anti-LGBTQ language on a white board.

A picture was taken of the message and the message was erased.
 

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.  Follow up interviews were conducted.  

 

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Update to Today's Weather Related Alerts

The safety of our campus community is our foremost priority. In the interest of public safety, the University of Maryland Police Department contracts with AccuWeather to receive real-time information on storm paths approaching the footprint of our campus community.

When we receive alerts, we call AccuWeather to discuss what impact a storm could have on our campus and decide if a campus wide-alert is needed.

At approximately 5:19 p.m., we received notification from AccuWeather that a tornado may be imminent for our area. Based upon the warning and our conversation with their meteorologist, in the best interest of life and safety, we notified our campus community to seek shelter via text and email and sounded the siren.

At approximately 5:42 p.m., we received an update from AccuWeather that the warning was extended to 6:10 p.m and updated our alert. 

At approximately 6 p.m., we received notification from AccuWeather that the warning for our campus was canceled as the rotation had shifted off to the north.

While weather-related incidents are often reported for broad geographic regions, AccuWeather targets the specific footprint of our campus community. Weather monitoring is often monitored on a broader scale, and we issue alerts specific to our community of more than 50,000 to ensure that safety messages are quickly and accurately conveyed to our campus community. As soon as we were alerted that the storm path shifted, we issued an "all clear" message to our community.  

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UMPD Investigating Two Hate Bias Incidents

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) are investigating two hate bias incidents.

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 3:40 p.m., UMPD responded to Queen Anne’s Hall for a hate bias incident that occurred between August 30, and September  1, 2018. A student reported to police that anti-LGBTQ comments were found on a couple of whiteboards and verbal anti-LGBTQ statements were overheard the following night.

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 8:07 p.m., UMPD responded to La Plata Hall for a swastika that was drawn onto a whiteboard. The incident occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 2.

In both incidents, a detective was immediately assigned, witness canvasses were conducted and follow-up interviews were completed. Video reviews of the cameras in the area of both locations are underway along with a review of the card swipe access system. Both cases are being actively investigated. Anyone with information are strongly encouraged to contact UMPD at  301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

“The University of Maryland Police Department takes these matters very seriously. As our investigations continue, we call on our community for their help. If you have any information, please contact us. We want to hear from you.” – Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas, a spokesperson for UMPD.

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An Update from Last Night's Text Alert

UPDATE: 09/14/18

After re-interviewing the reporting person in this case and the available video footage from our Security Operations Center, the interaction between the reporting person and the individual from the vehicle do not meet the necessary requirements of a robbery. This case has been changed to a suspicious activity report.

During the interaction, an assault did not occur and no property was taken from the reporting person.

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Below is an update from last night's text alert that was sent via the UMD ALERT System:

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 3:02 a.m., a male UMD student reported to UMPD that he was walking on the sidewalk along Rossborough Lane, near Ritchie Coliseum. While walking east towards the Leonardtown area, a dark color vehicle stopped and the driver asked the male for directions. During this interaction, the driver inquired about his property.  The student then walked away. The passenger side door began to open and the student ran away to a safe location. 

The student did not see a weapon. The student was not hurt during this interaction. A review of the cameras in the area are underway. 

Our Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating this incident as an attempted robbery. Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

When available for release, any additional information will be posted to UMPDNews.

** This is a clarification update due to this incident occurred on campus property whereas the two other robbery reports occurred off-campus. The Prince George's County Police Department are investigating the off-campus incidents. At this time, it is believed that all three incidents are connected. **

Individuals with any information regarding the two off-campus incidents, or the possible identity of suspects are encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department (911 or 301-352-1200).

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online. Email address is: pgcrimesolvers@co.pg.md.us.

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UMPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint on 08/29/18

UMD Community Notice 08/25/18

**Community Notice**

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of an incident that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of an incident reported to the Prince George's County Police Department.

INCIDENT: Off-Campus Attempted Burglary

OCCURRED: August 25, 2018/ Approximately 2:15 a.m.

LOCATION: 4500 block of Guilford Road, College Park, MD

PGPD CASE #: 18-0051629

BRIEF DETAILS:

On August 25, 2018, at approximately 2:34 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified by the Prince George’s County Police Department of an attempted burglary. The incident occurred in the 4500 block of Guildford Road, College Park. A female UMD student reported to police, that at approximately 2:15 a.m., a male stuck his head through an unsecured window. The student woke up and the male left the area in an unknown direction.

The Prince George’s County Police Department responded is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of suspects are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-352-1200).

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online. Email address is: pgcrimesolvers@co.pg.md.us.

Additional information, when made available by the Prince George's County Police, may be found on our website at http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm

When available for release, additional information, including updated descriptions of suspect, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm  and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/

 

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides an escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like an escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus). You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort. The police escort service is available to community members at all times.

Remember to lock your windows and doors before you leave your residence and when you are in for the night.

If you have a home security system, set it.

Never enter your residence if you see that a door or window has been forced (or attempted) open. Go to the nearest safe place and contact the local police immediately.

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.

Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.

Note the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phones and look for them as you walk.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.

 

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

 

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

 

Prince George's County Police Department

911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

 

UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555

 

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

 

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

https://helpcenterumd.org/

 

Counseling Center

301-314-7651

http://counseling.umd.edu/

 

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)

301-741-3442

http://www.health.umd.edu/care

 

Health Center

301-314-8180

http://www.health.umd.edu/

 

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/

 

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

 

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UMD Community Notice 07/10/18

**Community Notice**

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of an incident that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of an incident reported to the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division.

INCIDENT:                Off-Campus Incident

OCCURRED:             July 10, 2018, at approximately 6:55 p.m.

LOCATION:              Paint Branch Trail near Pierce Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue

PARK POLICE CASE #:  18000787

BRIEF DETAILS:

On July 10, 2018, at approximately 7:26 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was notified of an off-campus incident that occurred along the Paint Branch Trail, near Pierce Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. A female UMD student reported to police that she was jogging on the trail, when she passed an unknown male who was dressed in all dark clothing with a black backpack.  The male advanced toward her, but she was able to deflect the male’s movement.  The jogger then ran away from the male. The male was last seen running into the woods.

A video review of the cameras is underway and officers continue to patrol the area.  If you see anything suspicious, please report it to the police immediately. 

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of the suspect are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-459-3232).

Additional information, when made available by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police may be found on our website at http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm

When available for release, additional information, including updated descriptions of suspect, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm  and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides an escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like an escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus). You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort. The police escort service is available to community members at all times.

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.

Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.

Be ready to take protective action if necessary. This could be something as simple as crossing the street and entering a populated area.

Note the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phones and look for them as you walk.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

 

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

 

Maryland-National Capital Park Police

Prince George’s County Division

Emergency: 911 or 301-459-3232/ Non-Emergency 301-459-9088

 

UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555

 

NITE Ride

301-314-6483

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

 

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)

301-314-4357

http://www.umdhelpcenter.org/

 

Counseling Center

301-314-7651

http://counseling.umd.edu/

 

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)

301-741-3442

http://www.health.umd.edu/care

 

Health Center

301-314-8180

http://www.health.umd.edu/

 

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/

 

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

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