TUPD and county police collaborate
Towson University Police Department has been asked by Baltimore County Police Department to temporarily help patrol University Village after an alleged rape occurred there on Aug. 30.
TUPD is the primary law enforcement agency for events occurring on Towson’s campus.
Their patrol includes Cross Campus Drive, Osler Drive, Stevenson to York Road, York to Burke Road, and Burke Avenue to Towsontown Boulevard, Deputy Chief of Police Joe Herring said.
Yet the Baltimore County Police Department Towson Precinct is the primary law enforcement for the surrounding area, including off-campus apartments such as the University Village and Towson Place, although the residents are all Towson students.
Herring said that TUPD has no authority to act off-campus but that sometimes BCPD will ask for help on cases.
“We work cooperatively with each other, we have worked some joint cooperations,” Herring said.
The University Village has no direct working relationship with Towson University, they are only correlated because of the requirement to be enrolled at the University in order to live at the complex, University Village General Manager Rob Cancelliere said.
TUPD is required to report any incidents that happen on campus that are classified as a first or second degree rape, sex offenses, homicide, sudden death, or any issues involving child abuse to BCPD.
They share information very freely with each other and TUPD is plugged into their crime analysis information, Herring said. They also have a Memorandum of Understanding, an agreement that includes how to handle situations in which the responding agency may be unclear.