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    Saw the add today in the paper. Anyone here work there? Or know someone, who knows someone, who may know someone that works there?? just curious about the force and all.
    Last edited by fedguy889; 03-09-2008, 02:59 PM.
    Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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    You mean Towson University PD?

    It's a fairly 'up and coming' University PD in Maryland. With Towson looking to take direct competition with UMD, the plans for major expansion, and it being a major MD University, the place is only going to get bigger. They just bought a bunch of new cars to replace the aging fleet they've had for a number of years. And they have just began instituting a computer in-car program as well with new cars. I think two of them have them already, but you usually see the Sgt.s or above driving these during the day shift. Being a big school, they have a lot of similar calls that many big schools have - drunks, fights, etc. etc. but they seem to have it a bit slower then say UMD or elsewhere. At least it seems that way to me. Also, as with campus policing, there is the security aspect of it as well - unlocking buildings, etc. and security details at events. This is alleviated slightly by the use of in house police aids and contract guards at night, but it still fairly prevalent. TU does not have a 'student patrol' or 'auxiliary' program, that many other schools in MD have, so they have to deal with the escorts and security, as mentioned, more so then a lot of other schools. They are a state school PD, so they have limited jurisdiction around the campus, but I'm unsure if they have direct MOUs/Concurrent jurisdictional agreements with BCPD like UMD has with PGPD. I do know you don't see them responding to calls around the campus area very often, but you'll see them running if BCPD requests it. All that there said, things seem to be looking up. They have A LOT of older officers that are close to retiring, and have been hiring a good bit lately, injecting some fresh faces in to the department. They send their recruits to Sykesville to MPTC. Oh, and don't call it Towson State University while your there. Ha.

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    • #3
      Who?? TSU? Do you mean Towson University? They dropped the "State" years ago so it's just TU now. They definitely hiring; TU wants to increase their student polulation dramatically. Most of the officers look like they are on their way to retirement too, lol. I know nothing more than that unfortunately.


      http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/facilities/police/

      Call their general info # to get more information. That's the number I used when I expressed interest in their agency.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LochRaven View Post
        You mean Towson University PD?

        It's a fairly 'up and coming' University PD in Maryland. With Towson looking to take direct competition with UMD, the plans for major expansion, and it being a major MD University, the place is only going to get bigger. They just bought a bunch of new cars to replace the aging fleet they've had for a number of years. And they have just began instituting a computer in-car program as well with new cars. I think two of them have them already, but you usually see the Sgt.s or above driving these during the day shift. Being a big school, they have a lot of similar calls that many big schools have - drunks, fights, etc. etc. but they seem to have it a bit slower then say UMD or elsewhere. At least it seems that way to me. Also, as with campus policing, there is the security aspect of it as well - unlocking buildings, etc. and security details at events. This is alleviated slightly by the use of in house police aids and contract guards at night, but it still fairly prevalent. TU does not have a 'student patrol' or 'auxiliary' program, that many other schools in MD have, so they have to deal with the escorts and security, as mentioned, more so then a lot of other schools. They are a state school PD, so they have limited jurisdiction around the campus, but I'm unsure if they have direct MOUs/Concurrent jurisdictional agreements with BCPD like UMD has with PGPD. I do know you don't see them responding to calls around the campus area very often, but you'll see them running if BCPD requests it. All that there said, things seem to be looking up. They have A LOT of older officers that are close to retiring, and have been hiring a good bit lately, injecting some fresh faces in to the department. They send their recruits to Sykesville to MPTC. Oh, and don't call it Towson State University while your there. Ha.
        Sorry, forgot the dropped the State part awhile back yeah, guess htat wouldnt be a good thing to call em that. thanks for the info
        Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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        • #5
          No biggy - I remember when they changed the name. Its funny when folks would come and talk about the school - and someone would say 'State' and everyone would look around at each other with inquisitive looks. It's a good department though. I've talked with a few of the officers on a few occasions. The also just started a bike patrol program.

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          • #6
            I worked at Towson U PD as an officer for a few years before switching agencies. Right now they have a lot and I mean A LOT of problems in the department. Morale is extremely low. Many of the young officers are gone or leaving because the department is run more like a security agency rather than a police dept. Most of the officers are retired from somewhere else and some came to the dept. because they left other big depts. due to various reasons.

            TUPD does assist Balto. CO. to a certain extent with major incidents around the campus. HOWEVER, generally speaking, the supervisors frown upon leaving the immediate campus to help out. There are many problems in the neighborhoods in and around campus involving students but the university has been hesitant to allow TUPD to really enforce in those areas, so TUPD doesn't get involved. TUPD can run traffic on the major roadways bordering campus and of course, on campus, but that's it. The agency is not big on traffic enforcement.

            They have a few new vehicles but the general upkeep is terrible. Some are literally falling apart.

            If you go through as a entry level recruit, you will have to sign a four year contract or pay back close to $10,000. I think they are still using MPTC in Sykesville. Pay is low for a recruit, it's about $35,000.

            To wrap it up, I would STAY AWAY from TUPD especially if you are entry level. There are many other depts. out there that are hiring that would afford you much more experience and better pay, equipment, etc. Most recruits leave about 6 months after graduating the academy and lateral out to other, more desirable agencies. Most are willing to pay back the contract fees or fight it to leave the agency.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dmbfan View Post
              I worked at Towson U PD as an officer for a few years before switching agencies. Right now they have a lot and I mean A LOT of problems in the department. Morale is extremely low. Many of the young officers are gone or leaving because the department is run more like a security agency rather than a police dept. Most of the officers are retired from somewhere else and some came to the dept. because they left other big depts. due to various reasons.

              TUPD does assist Balto. CO. to a certain extent with major incidents around the campus. HOWEVER, generally speaking, the supervisors frown upon leaving the immediate campus to help out. There are many problems in the neighborhoods in and around campus involving students but the university has been hesitant to allow TUPD to really enforce in those areas, so TUPD doesn't get involved. TUPD can run traffic on the major roadways bordering campus and of course, on campus, but that's it. The agency is not big on traffic enforcement.

              They have a few new vehicles but the general upkeep is terrible. Some are literally falling apart.

              If you go through as a entry level recruit, you will have to sign a four year contract or pay back close to $10,000. I think they are still using MPTC in Sykesville. Pay is low for a recruit, it's about $35,000.

              To wrap it up, I would STAY AWAY from TUPD especially if you are entry level. There are many other depts. out there that are hiring that would afford you much more experience and better pay, equipment, etc. Most recruits leave about 6 months after graduating the academy and lateral out to other, more desirable agencies. Most are willing to pay back the contract fees or fight it to leave the agency.
              Thanks for the info, thats pretty much what a friend of mine at work told me. Her dad works there in some capacity and said stay away as well. I'd be lateraling in, but still think I'm gonna stay away.

              Thanks again
              Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fedguy889 View Post
                Thanks for the info, thats pretty much what a friend of mine at work told me. Her dad works there in some capacity and said stay away as well. I'd be lateraling in, but still think I'm gonna stay away.

                Thanks again
                No problem. Good luck with finding a new agency! Lot's of depts. are hiring. Word on the street is Howard Co. is looking to hire as many laterals as they can for a spring lateral class. I would def. look into that...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dmbfan View Post
                  No problem. Good luck with finding a new agency! Lot's of depts. are hiring. Word on the street is Howard Co. is looking to hire as many laterals as they can for a spring lateral class. I would def. look into that...
                  Yeah I did, but its way to far from me!!!
                  Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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