Public Safety Newsletters

May 2024

May 15, 2024
Dear UMB Community:
Today, we celebrate alongside the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Class of 2024 and all they have accomplished. We are so proud of your years of hard work and dedication that have led you to this day and know you will continue to achieve great success.
The brilliant minds that come to UMB are shaping the future of public health, law, and human services. For our community to thrive, they must feel safe. This is where UMB Police and Public Safety comes in.
UMB remains one of the safest areas in downtown Baltimore. Our award-winning public safety team uses data-driven, community policing principles to keep crime low and our community safe. We are available 24/7 by calling 410-706-6882. If you ever need anything, please call.
Once again, congratulations to our graduates and best wishes in all you do! 
Thomas Leone, MSL
Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police
Safety Tip: Bicycle Safety
It’s National Bike Month, and UMB has a lot of great resources to keep yourself and your bicycle safe.
  • Bike racks are located throughout campus. When you lock your bike, remember to secure both wheels and the frame of the bike to the rack. Use a strong lock that cannot be easily broken and remember to make sure it’s locked before walking away! 
  • A bike cage and bike room are available through Parking and Transportation Services in the Pratt Street Garage and Baltimore Grand Garage, respectively.
  • Have a flat? The Bike Fix-it Station has all the tools needed to perform basic bike repairs, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. 
  • Bicycles are a sustainable way to get to work. The Office of Sustainability has a UMB Bike Commuters Teams site, where you can discuss bike routes, find a commute buddy, and more! 
  • Remember to wear a helmet when you get on your bike. Learn more about bike helmet safety and how to ensure that your helmet fits appropriately.
Register for R.A.D. Training for Men
Registration for Resisting Aggression with Defense (R.A.D.) for Men Basic Physical Self-Defense training is open. The free course runs May 28 to June 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 5 to 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. Learn more about Basic R.A.D. and sign up today
Attend Our Safety Awareness Meeting
Our quarterly Safety Awareness Meeting will be held May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the School of Social Work, Room 2W11. Lunch will be provided. Stop by to review safety tips, hear crime updates, learn about UMB Police and Public Safety resources, and ask questions. Please send any questions to Sgt. Kelli Blackwell at
Save the Date for National Night Out!
National Night Out, our annual community-building event, will be held Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the corner of West Baltimore and Poppleton streets. Come for the free food, fun, and fellowship! The event will feature tons of resources, giveaways, emergency preparedness training, and much more. We hope to see you there! 
UMB Public Safety by the Numbers: April
Each month, UMB Public Safety provides thousands of valuable services and resources to the communities we serve. In this segment, we highlight the previous month’s data to showcase the work of our employees.
  • Average time from Safe Ride request to pickup: 10 minutes and 7 seconds
  • Safe Rides given: 2,228
  • Building checks: 2,565
  • Local business checks: 155
  • Garage checks: 810
  • Visitors logged: 24,845
The UMB Office of the Fire Marshal is a part of UMB Public Safety.
Medical Oxygen Safety
Portable medical oxygen use in the home has grown over the past decade. Homes where medical oxygen is used should follow specific fire safety rules to keep everyone safe from fire and burns. This month’s tip sheet offers information and guidance on safe home oxygen use. 
Fire Extinguisher Training
Fire extinguisher training opportunities are available all year! Attendees will learn the basics of fires and fire extinguishers before getting hands-on experience with a fire extinguisher simulator. Our next class is scheduled for May 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Space is limited. Learn more and sign up now. 
Learn more about the UMB Office of the Fire Marshal at
Continuity Efforts Ensure Quick Return of Essential Services
OEM helped Veterinary Resources get back to business thanks to emergency planning and coordination. “The months of hard work, dedication, and perseverance have proved to be extremely useful and a true asset to our program,” says Kristine Spelman, manager of veterinary operations and facility management. “I cannot thank you enough.” Read the full story and learn how you can prepare!
Get Trained on Stop the Bleed
Our partners at the University of Maryland Medical System are providing FREE Stop the Bleed training on May 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Baltimore Peninsula. Take an hour out of your day to get trained and equipped. All attendees will receive a free personal Stop the Bleed kit. Registration is encouraged. 
FREE Emergency Preparedness Available Online
Learn what to do during an emergency, where to find lifesaving equipment, and much more! You can start the training online now or request in-person training by contacting 
Emergency Preparedness Training is one part of the Preparedness Pro digital credential. Learn more about our series of preparedness trainings at UMB, including Active Assailant, Stop the Bleed, CPR/AED, and Fire Extinguisher training.
New or Departing Lab?
We know that moving can be stressful. Whether you are vacating a space or just arriving to UMB, often researchers have a lot of questions about what Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) requires of them. To help relieve some of that stress, EHS has designed a webpage to answer those questions and make sure your lab is safe and compliant!
Please visit for more information
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