A Safer-at-Home advisory is currently in effect in Massachusetts. Residence halls remain closed to all but a small group of students. The university’s previously announced policy that “only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor” will remain in effect until the university examines the Governor’s latest guidance and determines the campus’ approach to next steps.
For more information about UMass Amherst’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, go to umass.edu/coronavirus.
I'm a UMass Police Officer, and I love my job. It's always something new. It's always something different. It's always something challenging.
You have the benefit for extensive developmental training in the summer and the opportunity of community policing.
It's not necessarily standard employment. It's a calling. I answered the call. I really do enjoy serving the community and helping people.
I wouldn't want be anything else other than a police officer. It has direct impact on people, and I think I'm making the world a better place.
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My name is XXXXX, and I am a freshman here at UMass. I recently applied to several jobs on the UMass Student Job Board, including the one labeled "Office Assistant" below in search of an on-campus job this semester. The man I emailed had a strange email address, but I ignorantly thought nothing of it. I believed the job to be simple work in an office environment, organizing files and delivering mail. However, I received an email from the man called Jordan David today explaining that the job was more of a personal assistant job, picking up groceries and sending/delivering mail to or from "Mr. David's" PO box. He also told me that he would prepay me to get his desired items from the stores he listed, and that I would receive $200 for 10 hours of work a week.
I was immediately hesitant because it was too good of a deal to be true, so I did my research on this man and found him and his "consultation company" to be nonexistent. His email address (@financier.com) is listed on Google as a scamming email to get money from people. In spite of this, his scam job listing was posted on the Student Job Board. It is currently not on the Board now (it somehow was taken down, so I took a screen grab of it), but this is unacceptable. If I hadn't done my research, this man could've stolen my money. Please do not let any UMass students get scammed by these people.
Below is an account of an incident that happened to a UMass student today. Be advised that NO Police Department will ever call you and request/demand money over the phone. If this happens to you please contact your local Police Department.
I am a student at UMass and I would like to report a scam phone call I received today.
The call came from the number 508-xxx-2222.
When I answered, a person with Indian accent introduced himself as an officer with the Middleborough police department saying that someone had filed charges against me.
The person knew my first and last name.
He then said he was going to pass the call to his lieutenant and another male person with Indian accent introduced himself (I forgot the name he gave me).
This person said that there were some claims against me coming from the IRS and proceeded to read what the charges were.
He had a very thick accent and I couldn't really understand what he was saying. After reading the "charges" he said I could face a lawsuit and lose all my degrees or pay a fine of $7,000.
When I told them to email me the charges and that I was not doing anything without them talking to my attorney, they hanged up.
I'm reporting this because someone who is new in the school or the country could fall for this. It would be nice if someone could follow up and find out more about these people.
June 24, 2019
Contact: Lt. Thomas W. O’Donnell Jr. 413-545-3578
AMHERST, Mass. – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Amherst July 8-10 to examine all aspects of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department’s (UMPD) policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Tyrone Parham announced today.
Verification by the team that UMPD meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation, a sought-after recognition of public safety professional excellence. UMPD was awarded national accreditation in 2012.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, July 9, at 1 p.m. in the UMass Police Department’s Community Room 24, 585 East Pleasant St., Amherst.
Individuals who cannot speak at the public information session may make comments by telephone to the assessment team. The public may call 413-577-6400 on Tuesday, July 9, between 2-4 p.m.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the UMass Police Department.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the UMass Amherst Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may send them to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
The assessors are team leader former Chief Paul Verrecchia with the College of Charleston of Charleston, S.C. and Kristin Rightler with the Juniper, Fla. Police Department. Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report their findings to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted reaccredited status.
Accreditation is for four years, during which UMPD must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.