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.