The University of Maryland Police Department is a professional law enforcement organization that employs over 100 dedicated men and women. These individuals provide a complete array of law enforcement and related services to our community of approximately 80,000 members, which includes a student population of approximately 40,000. Our police officers are State certified in accordance with Article 41, Section 4-201 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and have all the same powers and authority as any other sworn police officer in Maryland; each officer is empowered by State law to make arrests, investigate crimes, and carry firearms.
Terps Protecting Terps: Besides our sworn police officers, UMPD employs over 70 Student Police Aides and CCTV Security Operations Monitors who perform a wide variety of security and related tasks including patrolling the campus on foot and bicycle, providing walking escorts, working as contract security, providing traffic direction and control at special events, and live monitoring of on and off-campus CCTV cameras.
UMPD's Building Security Systems unit is responsible for the design, installation, testing, acceptance, maintenance and periodic replacement of all physical security systems operated by the University including, card access systems, intrusion and environmental detection systems, campus-wide CCTV systems, intercom, door interlocks, door hardware, and site-specific CCTV systems in retail and research locations.
The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety at College Park is also the only non-county organization State-wide to operate a full service 911 Emergency Communications Center. Along with providing traditional law enforcement services, the University of Maryland Police Department at College Park is a leader in education -- both of community members and other law enforcement officers. To combat crime, UMPD offers many crime prevention programs that are available to community members at no cost.
UMPD is the only university police department in the State and one of a relatively few police departments State-wide to offer a fully certified Entry Level Police Training Academy. Instructors from UMPD who teach in the Academy not only train individuals who will work as officers at UMPD, but also officers from law enforcement jurisdictions from around the State. Our officers may also be found as instructors and lecturers in courses at UMCP and other institutions of higher education across the region.