Read the Letter University of Maryland Police Sent to Students Regarding Active Shooter Incidents

The following email was sent to students on October 6th, 2015 days after an unfortunate incident in Oregon in which an active shooter killed 10 students on a community college campus.

The email was sent by the University of Maryland’s chief of police David B. Mitchell.

It has come to the attention of the general public after receiving coverage from NBC Washington and WTOP.

Dear University of Maryland Community,

The tragic incident that took place at Umpqua Community College on October 1st serves as a reminder that violent, heinous acts such as this can occur anywhere, anytime.

Currently, there are no active threats toward our campus.  However, it is extremely important to remember that, If You See Something, Say Something. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) trains routinely with area Police Departments for such tragic events.  In addition, UMD students, faculty and staff must also be prepared in the event of an active shooter incident.

We encourage all UMD students, faculty, and staff to register their cell phone at www.alert.umd.edu to receive emergency text messages from UMPD.

If you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan.  The plan doesn’t have to be complicated.  There are three things you can do that make a difference: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

For more information on Run, Hide, Fight and what to expect from responding police officers, visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/services/activeshooter.cfm

Chief David B. Mitchell

University of Maryland Police Department