Pictured: OCPD Chief Bernadette DiPino is pictured with members of the Ocean City Police Department at the 2010 Caine Woods National Night Out event. Also in attendance was former Governor Robert Ehrlich, with his two children.
The Ocean City Police Department, in coordination with National Association of Town Watch, will be celebrating the “28th Annual National Night Out” program on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fiesta Park in Caine Woods and Gullway Villas on Lark Lane. In 2010, the program involved over 36 million people in 14,625 communities from all 50 states,U.S.territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
The Ocean City Police Department is partnering with two neighborhood watch associations inOceanCity to bring crime prevention awareness and community policing to the area. “National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and the partnership between the OCPD and the community,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “It is an event that only lasts a few hours, however the benefits of the evening extend well beyond one day.”
National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. In addition, the program was developed to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.
On behalf of the Ocean City Police Department, Chief DiPino would like to inviteOceanCitycitizens to participate in National Night Out festivities. In addition, the OCPD encourages you to be the “eyes and ears” of your community, by reporting crime or suspicious activity to the Ocean City Police Department. For more information regarding National Night Out, or the Ocean City Police Department’s role in National Night Out, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6665.
Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette A. DiPino was selected to aid in the development of an Executive Guide for law enforcement regarding sexual misconduct by police officers. In partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Chief DiPino’s contributions assisted in the development of Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement: Executive Guide.
The Executive Guide, which was developed with the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, was created to assist law enforcement executives in preventing and investigating sexual offenses and misconduct by police officers. The Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement: Executive Guide is an important tool for police leaders, which addresses criminal offenses as well as non-criminal sexual conduct that is inappropriate, unprofessional and damaging to the public confidence in a department.
“Sexual offenses and misconduct implicating law enforcement represent a grave abuse of the authority the badge represents,” said Chief DiPino. “I am proud to have participated in a project that encourages executives to prepare to proactively address and prevent officer misconduct through agency mission, policy and training.”
In addition, the guide supports creating a culture of accountability, ensuring that training, including academy and field training officer curricula, addresses sexual misconduct to include criminal and non-criminal behavior, identifying and responding to warning signs, accepting and investigating all allegations and addressing allegations that are sustained. The executive guide is available to law enforcement at no cost and can be accessed electronically at www.iacpresearch.org.
The Ocean City Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy begins classes on September 6, 2011 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and continues every Tuesday for ten weeks.
The Ocean City Police Department has been offering the citizens of Ocean City the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the resort police department for nearly 13 years. The Citizens Police Academy was created to enable citizens to learn more about the Ocean City Police Department and build the relationship between the police and the community.
During this course, students meet a variety of officers to learn about criminal law, traffic enforcement, evidence collection, firearms, arrest procedures, narcotics enforcement and many other topics. Students also participate in practical scenarios, which afford citizens hands-on opportunity to understand various law enforcement applications.
“Educating citizens about their police department and illegal activity in their community is one of the best forms of crime prevention,” Said OCPD Chief Bernadette DiPino. “The Citizen’s Police Academy not only benefits our community but also benefits the officers of the Ocean City Police Department.”
The Citizens Police Academy has a limited class size of 25 participants. Interested persons must complete a written application and give permission for the Ocean City Police Department to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record. For more information about the Citizens Police Academy or to receive an application, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6665, or download the application from: http://oceancitymd.gov/police/Forms/cpa_application.pdf