The Ocean City Police Department is observing the 9th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Police would like to remind citizens of the importance of preventing, detecting and responding to cyber-attacks.
Presidential Proclamation In 2012, President Obama again issued a presidential proclamation declaring October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. You can read the proclamation here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/01/presidential-proclamation-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2012
National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) http://msisac.cisecurity.org/ is an opportunity to provide citizens with valuable information on how they can protect themselves and their devices.
Dangers associated with cyber security are viruses erasing your entire system, someone breaking into your system and altering files, someone using your computer to attack others or someone stealing your credit card and banking information and making unauthorized purchases. Millions of people and businesses rely on computers, smart phones and the Internet. The OCPD wants consumers to be protected when using their devices to email, shop, bank and stay in touch and socialize with businesses, family and friends.
Cyber security begins with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. These three simple steps are the starting point for staying safer and more secure online.
- STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
- THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your online actions could impact your safety or your family’s.
- CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino is retiring after serving the Ocean City
Chief Bernadette A DiPino
community for 24 years with the Ocean City Police Department. Chief DiPino, who is a fourth generation police officer, began her career in Ocean City in 1988, after three years with the Baltimore County Police Department.
Chief DiPino worked her way meritoriously through the Ocean City Police Department’s rank structure, being promoted to PFC in 1993, to Sgt. in 1995, to Lt. in 1998 and to Acting Chief in 2002 and Chief of Police in 2003. She earned a Bachelor of Art’s Degree from Salisbury State University in 1995 graduating with a 3.85 grade point average and in 2011 she graduated from the elite FBI National Academy’s 204th with a 4.0 grade point average.
She has worked in every division and on every shift in the Police Department. She served as a member of the Department’s Quick Response Team (S.W.A.T.), she is a certified police instructor in the state of Maryland and teaches many topics including firearms, defensive tactics and community policing. She has been awarded sixteen commendations and has been named Officer of the Year three times. In 2007, Chief DiPino was appointed by Governor O’Malley as the Regional Representative to the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. She also serves on the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council (GEMAC) and was appointed to the commission to study the death penalty. Most recently, she was elected president of the Maryland Chiefs Association and was appointed to the executive committee for the International Chiefs of Police.
“I have been honored and privileged to work with so many dedicated and professional individuals in the supportive community of Ocean City,” said Chief DiPino. The people I have worked with over the last 10 years as chief and last 24 with the OCPD have allowed me to grow and gain valuable experience. I am most proud of the officers in this agency and the command staff which I’ve appointed over the years. They are more than capable of leading and managing this department without me.”
Chief DiPino has accepted a job as the Chief of Police of the Sarasota, Florida Police Department. “I am leaving the department with mixed emotions- excitement about a new opportunity and challenge in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, but heartfelt sadness because I will miss the department, the officers, and the citizens with whom I’ve developed so many lasting friendships. I’d like to thank all the citizens, business’, and law enforcement partners who have supported me and the OCPD over the years. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve this community.”
Lindasy Marie Lopez
During late September and early October of 2012, Ocean City Police received several reports involving thefts of property from the public beach areas south of 28th Street. During the investigation, officers noticed similarities involving the various victims’ reports. The suspect description was similar as was the type of items being stolen.
On October 5, 2012, at approximately 2:15 p.m. patrol officers responded to a theft of a purse at 16th street and the beach. When officers arrived at the scene they were met by an off-duty Hagerstown police officer, as well as a previous victim who reported a theft of her purse from the beach the previous day. This previous victim began observing the suspect, identified as Lindsey Marie Lopez, 23, of Berlin; attempt to steal a purse from the beach at 16th Street. The off-duty officer detained Lopez until OCPD patrol officers arrived at the scene.
Officers recovered the stolen purse. Based on witness and victim statements, as well as information obtained during the investigation, police were able to link Lopez to at least nine additional thefts which had occurred between mid-September and early October. Due to the cumulative value of the stolen property, Lopez was charged with Felony Theft Scheme.
At the time of Lopez’s arrest she was found in possession of a hypodermic syringe, which she admitted was illegal drug paraphernalia.
Lopez was charged with:
- 9 counts of misdemeanor theft
- Felony Theft Scheme
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (syringe)
Lopez was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $10,000 bond. The investigation is on-going and Ocean City Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim of this crime scheme to please contact Ocean City Police, Officer Moerschel at: 410-520-5368.
During the summer of 2012, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit received anonymous tips
Jill Lauren Spinnenweber
regarding a female dealing Marijuana and prescription narcotics while bartending at Crab Cake Factory, 12000 Coastal Highway.
On September 28, 2012, OCPD narcotics detectives concluded a six week undercover drug distribution investigation with the arrest of Jill Lauren Spinnenweber, 34, of Ocean View, Delaware.
During the investigation, undercover detectives were able to purchase a quantity of suspected marijuana from Spinnenweber outside the rear entrance of the Ocean City business, as well as a second occasion also in Ocean City at a different location.
Spinnenweber has been charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute marijuana. Spinnenweber was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.