UMBC Police Department seeks international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

The UMBC Police Department is participating in an On-site Assessment as part of a voluntary program to achieve Accreditation by verifying that the Police Department meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the program requires agencies to comply with state-of the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

An Assessment Team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit functions and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The assessors for this review are:

  • Team Leader: Chief (retired) Paul Verrecchia, College of Charleston, SC
  • Team Member: Chief Tim Potts, University of Mississippi (Ole’ Miss)

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited.

  • Email comments:
  • Public Hearing: As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. The session will be conducted in Room 328 in The Commons.The Accreditation Manager for the UMBC PD is Robert Jagoe at 410-455-3673. The Public Information Coordinator is Major Paul Dillon, at 410-707-6012.
  • Written comments: Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the UMBC Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA),
    13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
    Gainesville, Virginia  20155.

Please welcome our recently hired staff

Please join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming the campus’ recently hired staff:

  • Acacia Asbell, Office of Vice Provost/Dean
  • Brock Blevins, JCET
  • Monica Boardley, MIPAR
  • Richard Bradley, MIPAR
  • Meghan Carpenter, Shriver Center
  • John Chase, Shriver Center
  • Abby Cooper, Shriver Center
  • Kemisha Denny, MIPAR
  • Paulomi Dholakia, Off-Campus Student Services
  • Candace Dodson-Reed, Institutional Advancement
  • Anthony Dubato, Facilities Management
  • Cheryll Glab, Institutional Advancement
  • Joyce Hornick, MIPAR
  • Nikola Katic, Shriver Center
  • Leanna Lawlor, Shriver Center
  • Leanna Powell, Institutional Advancement
  • Jennifer Reitz, The Hilltop Institute
  • Nicholas Saffos, Shriver Center
  • Megan Saperstein, Shriver Center
  • Christine Smith, Office of Procurement
  • Jack Sternal, MIPAR
  • Patricia Talley, MIPAR
  • Thomas Waters, Residential Life
  • Kenneth Wayland, UMBC Police
  • Caylie Zidwick, International Education Services

Wellness Wednesdays: Self-Defense Essentials (3/2)

Interested in finding simple yet impactful ways to weave wellness into your professional and personal life? If so, please join faculty and staff colleagues for Wellness Wednesdays the first Wednesday of each month (September to June) from 12-1 p.m. in the RAC Lobby.  Each session offers information, resources, and/or immersion into different wellness modalities that are supported at UMBC.

Want to learn simple techniques that are essential in self-defense? If so, join Lt. Bruce Perry, Commander Patrol and Sgt. Derrick Johns, Commander, Squad 2 of the UMBC Police who will provide tips for being safe and demonstrating some techniques to show how to defend yourself against certain attacks.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, February 26. Meet in RAC Lobby. Register at http :// training/events/34204

Productive Work Habits Series: Time Management and Goal Setting (3/30 and 4/13)

In today’s fast-paced and complex business world, learning to as Stephen Covey puts it:  “sharpen the saw” as it relates to continued development, gives employees a critical workplace advantage in reducing stress and improving efficiency. Come join UMBC faculty and staff colleagues in learning techniques, strategies, and tools that have the ability to enhance your personal and professional effectiveness and skyrocket productivity.

This pair of workshops, co-taught by Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Lisa Drouillard, Director of Payroll, includes a variety of approaches to maximizing your time management for enhanced satisfaction and success in personal and professional endeavors.  Participants will learn and practice effective goal-setting and learn essential skills for setting and managing priorities.  Skills will be honed with a simple, practical homework assignment at the end of session one.  Participants will learn about the role of planning in time management, as well as practical, easy-to-use tools and strategies for managing email and paper in ways that support reaching your goals.  Registration includes both sessions, March 30 and April 13, 2016.  Please add both dates to your Google calendars.

Space is limited and registration is required!  Registration deadline is March 21, 2016.  Register at training/events/36799

Planning for Performance Management Success: A Guide for Supervisors (3/31)

NOTE: This workshop is required training for all supervisors of Regular and Contingent II Staff. 

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) you will learn about the benefits of performance management, the importance of ongoing communication, the PMP cycle, how to use the PMP form and strategies for professional development. Elmer Falconer, Director of Employment/Labor Relations, is the instructor for this workshop.

Space is limited and registration is required!  Registration deadline is March 25, 2016. Register now.

Friends of the Library & Gallery Book Notes Lecture “The Diplomacy of Migration” (2/23)

Dr. Meredith Oyen from the History Department will discuss her new book: “The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives and the Making of US-China Relations in the Cold War” (Cornell University Press, 2015).

The event will be in the Library Gallery from 4-6 p.m. February 23, 2016. A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, will follow the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Gallery through its “Book Notes” series

Database Trial: RILM Music Encyclopedias

RILM Music Encyclopedias is a unique collection of 41 seminal encyclopedias in full text, comprising nearly 80,000 pages and including historical and current encyclopedias published between 1775 and 2015. It is international in scope, providing access to content written in the key languages of musicological research, among them English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Greek.

It is the first comprehensive collection of encyclopedia content spanning the most important disciplines, fields and subject areas of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, with subject-specific focus on topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers.

Directions to access the trial:

  1. visit the EBSCO site
  2. Select our region from the drop-down menu: US Higher Education
  3. Click on the link with our university name at the bottom of the list of universities
  4. Use your myUMBC login to access the database

The trial will be available through the end of March. Questions? Contact Drew Alfgren,