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University Police

University Police Services

Frostburg State University Police are sworn, certified police officers as required by Maryland state law. All officers have attended and completed a twenty-six week academy certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission and mandated in-service training annually. The enforcement authority of campus police is derived from the Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article 13-601. On occasion the Maryland State Police, Frostburg City Police, Allegany County Sheriff, Allegany County Bureau of Police may be called for assistance if requested by the university.

The University Police are responsible for the safety and security of all who learn, live, work, and visit the campus. The University Police Department has full law enforcement authority on campus. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. University Police services include but are not limited to investigation of crimes and incidents on campus, response to emergencies, vehicle registration and parking enforcement, lost and found, and physical security of the buildings.

Frostburg State University Police Officer Training

All Frostburg State University police officers have completed a Maryland Police Training Commission Certified Program, which is required of all police officers in the state of Maryland.

They have completed the Police Entry Level Training Program, a 26-week, 1,040-hour course of instruction designed for members of small to medium-sized police agencies. The course serves officers from municipal police departments, county sheriffs’ offices, school and university police departments and home detention units.

Instruction includes organizational principles and law, patrol tactics, traffic laws and enforcements, criminal investigations, emergency medical care, radio communications, report writing and composition, crime prevention, crisis intervention, protective strategies and tactics, emergency vehicle operations, prisoner processing and security, courtroom preparation and testimony, health and wellness, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and police officer firearms training and qualification. The police academy curriculum incorporates community policing strategies with a strong emphasis on scenario-based learning activities throughout the training. The training program involves approximately 620 mandatory training objectives. 

More information can be found at the Maryland Police Training Commission web page

Each year, Frostburg State University police officers are required to complete an additional 18 hours, at minimum, of in-service training. Among the sources of that training are:

Maryland Police Training Commission-Certified Courses:

·       First Aid CPR/AED

·       Current trends in law enforcement, today’s challenges

·       Active shooter

·       Bloodborne pathogens

·       Law enforcement training for autism-spectrum disorders

·       Sex offense victims’ rights

·       Identity theft

·       Photo lineups

·       RADAR certification

·       Response to terrorist bombings

·       Search and seizure

·       Courtroom testimony

·       Firearms training and certification (annually)

Additional higher education-specific training is received from the College and University Police and Investigators Conference.   

Campus Security

Residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day. Residence hall facilities are for use by residents and their bona fide guests only. Residents have keys to their rooms and are encouraged to keep their doors locked at all times, even if they are only going to be away for a "few minutes." To gain access to the building the resident must accompany guests.

Academic and administrative buildings are normally open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and at other times when events are scheduled. The Lewis J Ort Library is open seven days a week with hours posted on the University web site. Those needing access to buildings at times when buildings are closed may do so when proper authorization has been received by the University Police from responsible faculty/staff member or administrator.

The Universities Office of Media Relations will serve as the conduit for information on and off campus during a designated campus emergency. In the event of an emergency, the campus will be notified by using the following:

  • University E-mail
  • Burg Alerts (Text Messaging)
  • Postings on the University Web site
  • Campus signs in and on buildings
  • Campus media outlets including WFWM & TV 3
  • All local commercial media

Although campus emergencies are rare the University remains diligent in its emergency planning and prevention tips.

Off-Campus Misconduct

The University has the authority and exercises that authority through the Office of Student & Educational Services to take disciplinary action in cases of misconduct, by students or student’s organizations, which are detrimental to University interests.