February 2022

Feb. 15, 2022
Dear UMB Community:
We are constantly bombarded with information every day – emails, text messages, news articles, and more. As Chief of Police, I know public safety information is important to our community, but how do I keep it from getting lost in the shuffle? 
This newsletter is one way that we provide information so we can be transparent and accountable to our community. There also are many other ways you can stay up to date with UMBPD: 
  • Visit our website to read articles, learn about our monthly Spotlight Officers, check out our community outreach efforts, and more.
  • Follow us on social media – we’re on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.
  • Look for our information on The Elm website and The Elm Weekly newsletter, digital displays across campus, UMB housing newsletters, Staff Senate newsletters, or even talk with our police and security officers!
We’re constantly looking for new ways to engage with our community. If you have suggestions, I hope you’ll reach out. Feedback and suggestions can be submitted on our website (you can even send them anonymously). We appreciate your time!
Thomas Leone, MSL
UMB Chief of Police
Safety Tip of the Month: Register for R.A.D. Training Through UMBPD
Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) for Women: Self-Defense Education training is back by popular demand! This free, 10-hour hands-on course will be offered March 8 to April 10. Classes are held twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for one hour per session (noon to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Learn more and register.
Public Safety Survey Responses
Thank you to everyone who responded to our Public Safety Survey. UMBPD leadership has read every survey response and is taking steps to make changes to public safety efforts around the University. Learn more.
Donations Needed for Cold Weather Kits
UMBPD is teaming up with the School of Nursing Staff Council Community Engagement Committee and the UMB Staff Senate to assemble cold weather kits. These kits are distributed to people experiencing homelessness and include hats, gloves, socks, personal hygiene items, and more. Donations are being accepted through March 1.
Social Work Partnership Update
UMBPD’s partnership with the School of Social Work (SSW) has welcomed a third student intern, Jeremiah Savage, who is working to develop a model for community members who need system navigation support. The three student interns have made more than 150 engagements in the past two months. 
Save the Date: National Night Out
National Night Out is a community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships across the country. Last year’s event was a huge success, with free food, face painting, a video game truck, and more. This year, UMBPD’s National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cpl. Hazel Lewis Named UMB January Employee of the Month
Hazel Lewis, MS, is an important member of UMBPD’s Community Outreach and Support Team. Her work includes mentorship with the UMB Police Athletic/Activities League, healing-centered policing with SSW, and much more. Learn more.
UMB Supports the Baltimore City Fire Department
On Jan. 24, Baltimore City Fire Department Lt. Paul Butrim, Lt. Kelsey Sadler, and firefighter/paramedic Kenneth Lacayo were killed when the burning building they were working in collapsed. Carin Morrell, UMBPD’s and OEM’s public information officer, supported coordination of the memorial service while Auxiliary Services’ Robert Milner and the Parking and Transportation Services team worked on parking logistics. Learn more.
Volunteer to Be an Emergency Warden!
Emergency wardens ensure that building occupants safely evacuate or are accounted for during fire alarm activations and building evacuations. All floors are required to have at least two wardens. Learn more about the program and volunteer here.
 Please visit umaryland.edu/police for more information
about the UMB Police Department.