Monthly Archives: October 2013


Holiday-Season-Student-Budget(October 24, 2013) – In an effort to consolidate local holiday charity efforts, and to bring greater relief to those in need during the upcoming holiday season, the Ocean City Police Department will be partnering with the “Santa House, Inc.” (a 501(c)(3) registered charity) holiday food and toy drive.

In past years both holiday charities have been able to provide help to Worcester County and Ocean City residents in need.  By incorporating the resources of the “Santa House” with the assistance of the OCPD we can improve the process by which the generous donations of our community are distributed to those in real need during the holidays.

The OCPD and the Santa House are asking that all charitable monetary donations/contributions normally made to the OCPD be directed to the “Santa House, Inc.”  As in years past, all toy donations, as well as monetary donations, will be used to provide gifts and food to local families. Unwrapped, new toys may be dropped off at the Public Safety Building, located at 65th Street and Coastal Highway.  These donations will be distributed through the “Santa House” charity to Ocean City and Worcester County residents in need during this upcoming holiday season.

For those who wish to contribute monetary donations, they can be mailed to the “Santa House, Inc.” 4520 Red House Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. Checks made out to the Santa House, Inc. may also be dropped off at any Calvin B. Taylor Bank. The Santa House is accepting referrals of children or families that are in need of assistance.  In order to be considered for this program, a family must be referred by Community Organizations, Criminal Justice Agencies, Church Affiliations, Schools or State or County Personnel.

“The holidays can be difficult for some families. By partnering with the Santa House, families in need will be helped during the holidays,” said OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro. “While the economy has improved for some, the businesses and citizens of the Ocean City and Worcester County communities continue to pull together to provide for those families who are struggling this year. This is truly what the holiday season is all about.”

The Ocean City Police Department will continue to seek the assistance of volunteers to help distribute toys and food.  The Ocean City Police Department and the Santa House ask that all donations be made by Monday, December 15.  Distribution is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 at 8 a.m.

The OCPD Public Affairs Office will begin taking names of volunteers. To submit a donation, volunteer, or refer a family in need, please contact the Santa House, Inc. at:  410-632-4924 or the OCPD Public Affairs Office at:  410-520-5395.



DrugTakeBack(October 17, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit is inviting citizens to participate in the upcoming Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building (6501 Coastal Highway).

The OCPD has participated in the bi-annual program on four previous occasions. The Department’s last participation in “Operation Medicine Drop” proved to be a success, yielding 12 pounds of medicine at the Ocean City location. In cooperation with officials from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County Health Department, Berlin Police Department and Maryland State Police, a total of 115 pounds of unused and expired medications was collected in Worcester County alone.

In addition to drug take-back day, OCPD’s commitment to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of citizens’ cabinets and off the streets continues each day through the 24-hour drop box, donated by the Ocean City Elks Lodge. This drop box is located at the Public Safety Building. Citizens are urged to not flush their medication or throw them away. Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering our waterways and landfills.

The Maryland Executive Board Members of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) have hailed this effort as a success in keeping unwanted and unused prescription drugs out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them as well as out of Maryland coastal bays and waterways.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative is a free and confidential program. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at: 410-520-5395.




Anna Dolle Bushnell and Chief Ross Buzzuro

(October 16, 2013) – Earlier this month, the Ocean City Police Department received a gracious donation from Dolle’s Candyland which included numerous items for the OCPD K9 Unit as well as a new weapon for the Quick Response Team.

The items that Dolle’s donated included five bullet-proof vests for K9’s, five jackets for the K9 handlers, and a dog wash station. In addition, Dolle’s donated a Sig Saur rifle that will be allocated to the department’s Quick Response Team.

“The Ocean City Police Department appreciates the great relationship we have with our community business leaders,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “I thank Dolle’s for their continued support of the department.”

The items donated will be instrumental in ensuring the safety as well as efficiency of our K9’s and officers.