The President’s Message

President's Message, Bruce Jarrell

Each month, The President’s Message updates the UMB community on University initiatives; spotlights faculty, staff, and student achievements; and promotes upcoming UMB events.

UMB’s Comprehensive Commitment to Safety

February 2024

Did you know that the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) remains one of the safest areas in downtown Baltimore?

The University takes a proactive approach to ensure the well-being of our community members through various safety measures including training opportunities for individuals to learn how to keep themselves and others safe. I’m committed to providing a safe and secure environment for UMB’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

I highly encourage you to complete the online Emergency Preparedness Training so you are ready to act if faced with danger, such as a building fire, severe weather, or an active shooter.

One of the key aspects of UMB’s commitment to safety is our robust security infrastructure. The University maintains the Office of Emergency Management as well as a dedicated Police and Public Safety department that works tirelessly to patrol the campus, respond to emergencies, and collaborate with local law enforcement agencies.

UMB Police and Public Safety is committed to UMB’s core values and values-based policing. Its presence contributes to a visible and reassuring atmosphere, deterring criminal activity and ensuring a swift response in case of incidents. Not only that, but Police and Public Safety also has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement for professional excellence in public safety. It also has won state, national, and even international awards for its progressive, community-oriented approach to policing.

What eventually became UMB Police and Public Safety began in 1948 with security officers, and Maryland Senate Bill 251 in 1975 created the University of Maryland Police Force. Today, UMBPD employs more than 80 police officers, more than 90 security officers, and 20 support staff. New police officers go through 750 hours of rigorous training at the police academy, 240 hours of field training, 18 hours of annual in-service training, and annual firearms qualifications, as mandated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Each year, UMB publishes its Clery Security and Fire Safety Report that includes three years’ worth of information, including crime statistics, security measures, UMB Police and Public Safety’s law enforcement authority, where students should go to report crimes, crime prevention programs, and resources for students and employees. This report is published by Oct. 1 and sent to all members of the UMB community by email as a letter from the chief of police. Prospective students can view the report online or get a hard copy from the Pine Street Police Station at 214 N. Pine St.

The latest Clery report shows promising trends. When we look at crime since 2019, we see steep decreases in robberies, burglaries, and motor thefts. You also can visit the UMB Police and Public Safety website at any time to see the log of incidents for the past 60 days.

UMB’s commitment to a safe campus environment extends beyond crime prevention. The University invests in maintaining well-lit and well-maintained spaces, ensuring that the physical environment contributes to a sense of security. The campus is equipped with security cameras, emergency call boxes, classroom active shooter door locks, and other technological measures that enhance overall safety.

UMB places a strong emphasis on safety through community engagement and education as well. The University regularly conducts safety awareness programs, training sessions, and workshops to educate students, faculty, and staff on best practices for personal safety. I hope that you will take an active role in being prepared and check out our trainings.

The trainings include:

UMB also offers Safe Walk and Safe Ride as a public safety service.

Campus safety and security is a team effort. I want you to take advantage of the services and trainings offered to you, as well as to be aware of your surroundings when walking around campus. UMB Police and Public Safety publishes safety updates regularly, so look out for those in your email inbox.

Being out and about, enjoying a bit of fresh air between classes or meetings, grabbing lunch at Lexington Market — all contribute to the vibrancy and safety of UMB, as well.

This is a great place to be — and a very safe place, too! 

Sincerely,

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS
President