University of Maryland Center for Safe Solutions


The Center for Safe Solutions, a unit in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, is committed to supporting science-based initiatives that will reduce drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking, drug-related violence and gang activity with a specific focus on Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia. CSS provides research and criminal intelligence products to its stakeholders that enables them to make informed decisions and develop sound policies.

CSS is funded entirely through external grants and, as such, is uniquely positioned to assist public safety and community organizations with opportunities to obtain grants and other external funding that they may not otherwise have resources to pursue.


To expand relationships with government and nongovernment organizations, communities, private clients, and institutions of higher learning nationwide to provide the highest quality technical assistance and training to support public safety.


To partner with clients to solve their most important and complex problems. CSS will do this by providing its clients with the highest quality managerial and operational support, technical assistance, and training.


  • Improve efforts to combat drug trafficking and drug abuse
  • Develop innovative approaches to reduce violent crime
  • Conduct research on drug and money laundering organizations and gangs
  • Provide strategic, operational and tactical criminal intelligence to our clients
  • Offer internships and paid positions to college students
  • Develop new and expand upon existing collaborative relationships with other departments and colleges within the University
  • Seek additional grants and other external funding in support of its goals