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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.

Interested? Learn more about a career with UMPD. Apply online at careers.umass.edu.

Youth Academy ropes course activity

The Amherst and The University of Massachusetts Police Departments will host their annual Youth Adventure Academy Monday, July 22nd through Friday. July 26th 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The cost is FREE and academy size is limited to 20 youth, so preference will be given to Amherst residents and Umass affiliated families (ex. parent/guardian are employees or students at UMASS).  

Similar to a Citizens Police Academy, students will attend morning classroom sessions held at both the Amherst and Umass Police Departments with lectures, role-plays and interactive demonstrations by Amherst and UMASS police officers in the areas of law, crime scene investigation, defensive tactics and patrol procedures, to name just a few.  Most afternoon sessions will be held at our Adventure Based Ropes Course at the Norwottuck Range where we will promote teamwork, communication and offers opportunities to develop positive relationships with the police officers.   

  • The Amherst and UMass Police Youth Adventure Academy will provide those participating with lunch each day at the UMass Dining Common.
  • All students will need to have transportation to the UMASS Police Department each morning for a 8:30AM start (not earlier!), and picked up each afternoon from the UMass Police Department promptly at 4:00PM.
  • Questions regarding the Youth Adventure Academy can be forwarded to Amherst Officer Yvonne Feliciano at 413-259-3311.  You can also contact UMASS Officer Brian Kellogg  at 413-545-9461.   
  • Applications can be downloaded at the link below or by contacting Officer Feliciano or Officer Kellogg.  The application deadline is June 16, 2019. 
  • https://www.umass.edu/umpd/youth-adventure-academy-application-2019

Thank you for taking the time to watch this active training video, designed to help the UMass Amherst community plan for a perilous incident. In addition to viewing this video,the University offers a variety of other resources to enhance your safety and personal well-being.

Read more about our Active Threat Program. The UMass Police offer group active-threat training upon request. Complete our Training Request Form or contact Officer Brian Kellogg.

Please make sure you sign up for UMass Amherst emergency text alerts.

Hello UMPD!

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. 

 

Hi,

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.

 

CONTACT

UMPD
585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600

umpd@admin.umass.edu
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax

Tips

Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.