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UMPD Participates in No-Shave November

It’s November and you know what that means…the University of Maryland Police Department’s Beauties and the Beards event, also known as No-Shave November.

For those who might not know, No-Shave November is a month-long journey where participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.  The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.

All proceeds raised by members of the University of Maryland Police Department in the month of November will benefit a local organization called, Special Love, Inc.

Special Love is a nonprofit organization that provides cancer families a community of support, made up of other patients and families who know and understand the trials and triumphs of the cancer experience.

Special Love strives to bring together children with cancer and their families for fellowship, friendship, and fun. Families on the pediatric cancer journey have an ally during and after the cancer experience. Each family member is included in programs: Family weekends give mom and dad a chance to share with other adults, and siblings have a program that gives them the attention they need and an opportunity to make their own friends.

Hospitals refer the families of children with cancer to Special Love. The communication among the patient, doctors, family, and Special Love staff assures the best interests of the child with cancer are well-represented and everyone has an understanding of the patient’s needs.

Traditionally, No Shave November is known as a men’s only event. However, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) wants all of their employees to have an opportunity to participate.

That is why all members of the police department will have the option to either grow their beards out or paint their fingernails in extreme or unnatural colors.

To donate to Special Love, Inc. click here. If you wish to learn more on How a Community Makes a Difference, watch this short video here.

So, if you see any of our police officers, staff or student police auxiliary members with bright color fingernail polish or more facial hair than usual, it’s because they are raising cancer awareness.

11/06/18 UMD Community Notice

**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 Indecent Exposure

OCCURRED: November 6, 2018/ Approximately 11:50 a.m.

LOCATION: Lakeland Road/Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD

PGPD CASE #: 18-0067031

BRIEF DETAILS:

On November 6, 2018, at approximately 2:33 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of an indecent exposure that occurred earlier in the day, off-campus. A female UMD student reported to the Prince George's County Police Department that at approximately 11:50 a.m., she was walking towards the University when an unknown male in a vehicle, offered her a ride. The student accepted the offer. The driver turned onto Lakeland Road from Baltimore Avenue, parked the car and exposed himself. The student exited the vehicle and ran away to safety.

The Prince George's County Police Department 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.

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.

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/

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/

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

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

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

Sent by email via UMD Alerts to UMD Students/Faculty/Staff

UMD Advisory: Information on how to recognize a scam

Dear Campus Community,

We write to you to make you aware of various scams that have been reported in our area.

There are different methods a scammer will use to contact a potential victim. The scammer may call, send an email or might even approach the potential victim in person. The goal of the scammer is to use fear or pity to try to convince the potential victim to comply with the scammer’s demands.

For example:

  • If someone you don’t know mails you a check or approaches you in person and asks you to cash a check for them; don’t. It’s a scam.
  • If someone you don’t know asks you to cash a check and use a wire transfer service to send the money back to them after cashing the check for them; don’t. It’s a scam.
  • You receive a call from a scammer claiming to be from a government agency (federal, state, or local) and you need to make a payment in order to avoid being jailed, deported, fined, or that you owe taxes; or a family member is in need of help or tech-support and they demand gift cards in the form of payment; don’t. It’s a scam.

Important things to remember:

  • Gift cards are for gifts, not payments.
  • The IRS will never call to demand payment, such as prepaid debt cards, gift cards or wire transfer. The IRS will first contact you via the mail with a bill to any taxpayer that owes taxes.
  • If you find yourself on the phone with a scammer, hang up.

Below are some helpful resources and videos form the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

 

 

 

UMD Advisory: See Something, Say Something - Report Suspicious Activity

Dear Campus Community,

You may be aware that suspicious packages were sent to various locations along the east coast over the past few days. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) has no reason to believe that the University of Maryland campus is a target.

Our Explosives Detection K-9 Unit and Patrol Officers continue to patrol our campus community and remain vigilant.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has released a statement and can be viewed here. What we know is that between October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at various locations along the east coast. All of the packages involved had the same return address located in Florida, and contained potentially destructive devices. A picture of the device available from a news site can be viewed here.

We remind our campus community that if you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity/packages right away to UMPD by calling 301-405-3333 or #3333 from your cell phone. You may also report suspicious activity through the UMD Guardian app by calling or texting UMPD. And, as a reminder, do not touch, move or handle any suspicious packages.

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