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The Blue & Gray Press | June 26, 2019

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UMW Police

Attempted abduction reported near Jepson Science Center

June 10, 2019 |

News Editor
On Tuesday June 4, a student walking near the Jepson Science Center reported that a man driving a dark colored Nissan told her to get into his car. Although a timely warning was sent out that described the incident as an attempted abduction, Lieutenant Bill Gill from the UMW Police Department said this is not the case.Read More

UMW has a responsibility to protect students

March 15, 2018 |


Staff Writer

The Feb. 14  shooting in Parkland, FL has many schools increasing security measures across the nation. From increasing frequency of lockdown drills to installing bulletproof shelters in classrooms, many are preparing for a horrifying modern reality.  Read More

Patriot Front group leaves sticker across UMW campus

February 28, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On the morning of February 18, stickers promoting a white nationalist organization were found at sites across campus. A schoolwide email was sent following the events by Anna Billingsley addressing the incident.Read More

Strong-armed robbery makes students think about their safety

September 27, 2017 |


Senior Writer

On the evening of Sept. 14 a UMW commuter student was a victim of a strong-armed robbery at the Thornton Street Pizza Hut.Read More

Man arrested for break-in at Arrington Hall over Thanksgiving weekend

February 3, 2016 |


UMW Campus Police Lieutenant Bill Gill visited residents of the Alvey/Arrington community on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. and discussed a break-in that happened in Arrington Hall over Thanksgiving break, along with other issues related to UMW Police. Gill talked with approximately 20 students in Arrington Hall about their concerns with the UMW police department during the meeting.Read More

Borrowed bike? One student experiences unusual theft over fall break

December 3, 2015 |


After returning from fall break, Jamie McGuire, a freshman and secretary of the Student Senate, noticed that multiple bikes seemed to be missing from the Randolph Hall bike storage room. Following her discovery in the storage room, McGuire realized that her own bike was missing, and in response she carried out her own investigations to try and figure out what had happened while she had been away.
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UMW police plans to increase safety measures, improve interaction with students

November 5, 2015 |


As college communities nationwide respond to a spate of recent school shootings, UMW Police Chief Mike Hall is working to improve safety on our UMW campus. The main focus of his plan includes the building of interactions between students and the police force. “There is always room for improvement when it comes to the safety of the community,” Hall said. “We are always looking for new ways to do things.”Read More

Campus-wide safety app RAVE Guardian

September 3, 2015 |


The walk on College Avenue after night classes may become a little
less anxiety-prone with a guardian a click away.Read More

UMW police make updates to dispatch system

February 25, 2015 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Police Department is in the process of installing a new computer system that will gather more data about the systems students use. Read More

Campus Police Host Second Drug Take-Back

April 11, 2012 |

The University of Mary Washington Police Department will participate in the National Drug Take-Back Day for the second time this school year, allowing students and faculty to dispose of expired and unused controlled and non-controlled drugs anonymously.

UMW Investigative Sgt. … Read More

Commission Reviews Jurisdiction Bill

November 16, 2011 |

Legislation currently under debate in the Virginia General Assembly would challenge the campus police jurisdiction, if passed, in cases of alleged rape and medically unattended deaths, such as suicide or murder, at colleges.

At a public meeting yesterday with the … Read More

UMW Police Host Drug Take Back

November 2, 2011 |


The University of Mary Washington Police Department collected four pounds of prescription medication this past Saturday in a drug take-back event that gave students and faculty the opportunity to turn in expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Staff Editorial: Handling of Sexual Assault Questioned

April 6, 2011 |

In light of the recent $10 million lawsuit against the university, campus safety and police responsibility is constantly being questioned.

In recent years, the administration has taken steps to make the campus safer, including installing cameras in the parking deck … Read More

Police Beat: Nov. 2- Nov. 7

November 10, 2010 |

Nov. 2- At 5:02 p.m., a student reported a missing bike outside Woodard Campus Center.  The bike was later recovered, as the student had forgotten where it was left.

Nov. 2- A UMW student was arrested for misdemeanor possession of … Read More

139 Blue Lights Cover 176 Acres

September 8, 2010 |

The University of Mary Washington has 139 blue light stations across its 176-acre Fredericksburg campus, a number that is large compared to most other Virginia state schools.

The university’s blue light system serves a campus of approximately 4,000 undergraduate … Read More

Press Denied Call Records

February 3, 2010 |

The University denied the Bullet’s request for police records related to President Judy Hample’s false report during a safety walk on Sept. 30.

The Bullet requested all UMW Police Department records on Jan. 25, including audio and video, under the … Read More

New Police Administrator Hired

February 19, 2009 |


The University of Mary Washington campus police hired Mark Sandor as the executive director of police and security services, a new position within the campus police force.

Sandor serves between Chief of Police James Snipes and … Read More

Scam Strikes Campus

February 28, 2008 |


UMW students checking their school e-mail should be wary of an message containing death threats from a supposed hit man, according to a warning issued Feb. 18 by the Department of Information Technology and the UMW Police.

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Police Radios Spaz Out

February 21, 2008 |


When UMW Police Officer Joseph Kauffman made an arrest on Thornton Street Feb. 5, his radio was not working.  He was forced to thumb through his cell phone contacts to report the arrest to the police station.

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Laptop Thief Behind Bars

November 8, 2007 |


Former University of Mary Washington student David Ware was arrested last November for stealing what school officials report was over $86,000 of University property and was found responsible for the numerous incidents of urination throughout Randolph Hall. In … Read More

Immediate Reactions: Incident Leads to Campus Controversy

November 8, 2007 |


When Acting President Rick Hurley heard about the offensive poster displayed by some Jefferson Hall residents that led housekeepers to complain to University police, he was livid. “I wanted to see them thrown off campus. … Read More

Accused Felon on Trial

November 1, 2007 |


Campus police say they hope the recent string of bicycle thefts has been broken with their arrest of 23-year-old Fredericksburg resident, Jack Sparks, on charges of grand larceny and obstruction of justice without force. On Sept. … Read More

No President Means No Privacy

October 25, 2007 |


The Oct 18 campus invasion by “several dozen” of an outside evangelical anti-abortion group is one of the most ill-advised events ever staged to a captive audience. Students may ask, if UMW had a President installed, would this … Read More