In an effort to provide timely notice to the UM community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose an on-going threat to community members, a blast email Crime Alert, using the FirstClass system, is sent to all students and employees on campus. The alerts are usually written by the Chief of Police or a designee and they are approved and distributed to the community by the UMaine Division of Marketing and Communications. Updates to the UM community about any particular case resulting in a Crime Alert may be distributed via blast email via FirstClass, may be posted in the Announcements & Alerts conference on FirstClass or may be shared with the Maine Campus for a follow-up story. Crime Alert posters may be posted by UMPD or others in campus buildings when deemed necessary. When Crime Alert notices are posted in campus buildings they are printed on orange paper and posted in the lobby/entrance area of the affected building for seven days.
Crime Alerts are usually distributed for the following Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) classifications: Arson (serious cases), criminal homicide, and robbery. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by UMPD The Chief of Police or designee reviews all reported crimes to determine if there is an on-going threat to the community and if the distribution of a Crime Alert is warranted. Crime Alerts may also be posted for other crime classifications, as deemed necessary by the Chief of Police or designee.
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