October 17, 2011

Joint Announcement from Jay A. Perman and Jeffrey A. Rivest

TO:University of Maryland Faculty, Staff and Students
University of Maryland Medical Center Staff

The University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical Center, neighbors and partners in downtown Baltimore, stand together in responding to the concerns stemming from Thursday night's shooting incident in the Plaza Garage.

As the president of the University, and the president and CEO of the Medical Center, we would like to assure our faculty, staff, students, patients, visitors, and the surrounding community that our University Police Force and Medical Center Security Force have increased their already vigilant watch over the area.

Just like the University and the Medical Center work together in patient care, research, education, and community outreach, our police force and security teams, in conjunction with the Baltimore Police Department, also provide seamless cooperation in providing public safety.

In response to this incident, patrols have been increased in and around the Plaza Garage and surrounding streets. In addition, rover details in the garage itself have been elevated. An assessment of the security of all the garages on campus is being conducted and additional improvements are being considered. Crimes in the Plaza Garage are uncommon, but that is little solace to our community. Our University Police Force and Medical Center Security Force remain committed to your safety.

As always, our officers are available around the clock to escort members of the University community to and from their destination within the campus area. You may request this service by calling 410-706-6882 (University police) or 410-328-8711 (Medical Center security).

If you see a crime or notice anything suspicious, please alert campus police using the following emergency numbers, 711 or 410-706-3333.

As the leaders of these two premier institutions, we want you to know that your safety is a top priority and is something we take most seriously. We will keep you informed of our progress in the days and weeks ahead.

Respectfully,

Jay A. Perman, MD
President
University of Maryland

Jeffrey A. Rivest
President and CEO
University of Maryland Medical Center