About Us

Message from the Chief

The Towson University Police Department employs state-certified police officers who serve and protect the campus community. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life on campus by building relationships, acting with integrity and fairness and working collaboratively within our diverse community. We handle all police and criminal matters on the university main campus, and work diligently to reduce crime, enforce laws, preserve peace and provide for a safe environment. 

Accreditation and Awards

We have a unique distinction of being accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (IACLEA). The accreditation process is rigorous and signifies compliance with state-of-the-art industry standards. Less than one percent of law enforcement agencies have both accreditations. 

The TU community consistently has one of the lowest number of part I crimes at all residential campuses in the University System of Maryland. In addition to our dual accreditation, we have received the Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention for more than 30 consecutive years, as well as awards for traffic and pedestrian safety programs from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.   

Commitment to Transparency

We are committed to transparency, safety and continuous improvement. Officers are expected to conduct themselves professionally and courteously in all encounters with the public, allied agencies and campus departments. I encourage the community to submit feedback and complaints directly to me through our confidential feedback form. The feedback allows us to address community concerns and comply with TU’s values. Depending on the nature of the feedback, we conduct an investigation. We publish an annual report of information on all internal affairs complaints and investigations.

Charles Herring
Director of Public Safety, Police Chief

Internal Affairs Investigations

The members of the Towson University Police Force are committed to providing quality service to the campus community. Departmental personnel are expected to conduct themselves professionally and courteously in encounters with the public, allied agencies and other departmental members. The department investigates all complaints of poor service or unprofessional conduct on the part of any employee of the agency. This is done to address concerns raised by the public, supervisors and administrative officers as well as to comply with the high standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. 

Investigations by Year

Fourteen complaints received, eleven involving sworn police officers and three involving civilian employees:

  • Six complaints involved allegations of misconduct by departmental employees while interacting with the public.
  • Four complaints involved allegations between departmental employees.
  • Four complaints involved allegations of employees failing to adhere to administrative policies and procedures.

Fourteen formal investigations were opened which resulted in the following:

  • Seven complaints were found to be “sustained” (i.e., it was determined that sufficient evidence existed to prove the allegations).
  • Six complaints were found to be “not sustained,” (i.e., there was insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove the allegations).
  • One complaint was handled with mediation with involved parties.
  • All sustained complaints involved both sworn police officers and civilian employees.

Appropriate personal actions were taken In accordance with Towson University and University System of Maryland policy.

Six complaints received, all involving sworn police officers:

  • Four complaints involved allegations of misconduct by departmental employees while interacting with the public.
  • Two complaints involved allegations between departmental employees.

Six formal investigations were opened which resulted in the following:

  • One complaint was found to be “sustained” (i.e., it was determined that sufficient evidence existed to prove the allegations).
  • Four complaints were found to be “not sustained,” (i.e., there was insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove the allegations).
  • One complaint is pending presentation and review by a trial board in compliance with Maryland Law.
  • All sustained complaints involved sworn police officers.

Appropriate personal actions were taken In accordance with Towson University and University System of Maryland policy.

Six complaints received, all involving sworn police officers:

  • Five complaints involved allegations of misconduct by departmental employees while interacting with the public.
  • One complaint involved a complaint from a former officer that involved six active officers.

Six formal investigations were opened which resulted in the following findings:

  • Two complaints were found to be “sustained,” (i.e., it was determined that sufficient evidence existed to prove the allegations).
  • Three complaints were found to be “not sustained,” (i.e., there was insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove the allegations).
  • One complaint was administratively closed, meaning that further training on the policy violated is needed.
  • All sustained complaints involved sworn police officers. 

Appropriate personal actions were taken In accordance with Towson University and University System of Maryland policy.

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