Friday, February 27, 2015

OCPD SEEKING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN CITY SIGN THEFT CASE

(February 27, 2015) – The Ocean City Police Department is asking for assistance identifying suspects who stole multiple signs belonging to the Town of Ocean City from the area of Chicago Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets.
Surveillance footage of the area showed that on February 8, 2015, at approximately 10:20 p.m. two unidentified individuals exited their vehicle in the area and began removing several signs having an estimated total value of nearly $800. The two unidentified individuals then left the area at approximately 10:45 p.m. Surveillance video has been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed at this link: http://youtu.be/PcThBL1VFSE.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Officer Kyle Hayes at 410-520-5337 or khayes@oceancitymd.gov. Citizens may also contact the OCPD Crime Tips Hotline at 410-520-5136 or crimetips@oceancitymd.gov.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

OCPD RELEASES 2014 ANNUAL REPORT

The Ocean City Police Department is pleased to present the 2014 Annual Report to the citizens of Ocean City. In the report, you will find highlights that our department experienced in the past year, an overview of the accomplishments of each division, crime statistics and much more.
An electronic copy of the report can be found at http://oceancitymd.gov/pdf/PoliceAnnualReport.pdf. Anyone with questions or comments regarding the Annual Report may contact the Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395.

Friday, February 6, 2015

SALISBURY WOMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT SCHEME

Donna M. Prouty
(February 6, 2015) – In August, Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives began investigating a theft scheme after an area restaurant reported fraudulent transactions to a financial account.

Through investigation, detectives learned that a spouse of an employee at the restaurant, later identified as Donna M. Prouty, 57, of Salisbury, MD, accessed a mobile app that the employee had on his mobile phone that was used to accept payments from customers. Prouty used this app to transfer over $2,500 in credits from the restaurant’s financial account into her own accounts.

A warrant was issued for Prouty’s arrest in November and she was arrested on February 5, 2015 after turning herself in to police at the Ocean City Public Safety Building. Detectives have charged Prouty with theft ($1,000-$10,000), theft scheme ($1,000-$10,000), and multiple counts of unauthorized use of another’s credit card. Prouty was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was released on personal recognizance.


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Monday, February 2, 2015

DETECTIVE FIRST CLASS RODRIGUEZ NAMED 2014 OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Dfc. Rodriguez with Chief Buzzuro
(February 2, 2015) – On Friday, January 30, 2015, the eight Neighborhood Watch Associations of Ocean City gathered together with Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) employees at the Stowaway Grand Hotel for the annual Officer of the Year Ceremony.  Nearly 150 guests gathered to recognize OCPD personnel who had retired in 2014, been promoted in 2014, received special commendations and ultimately to recognized the 2014 Officer of the Year. In addition to the officers, the valuable contributions of several citizens were also recognized during the ceremony.
Detective First Class James Rodriguez was named the Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association’s 2014 Officer of the Year by the Neighborhood Watch area coordinators. Also nominated were Pfc. Nathan Kutz, Pfc. Matthew MacFarlane, Ofc. Daniel McBride, Pfc. Aaron Morgan and Cpl. Todd Speigle.
Dfc. Rodriguez, who is originally from New York, NY, began his career with the OCPD as a seasonal officer in 2000. He was hired as a full-time police officer in 2002. Dfc. Rodriguez was assigned to the Patrol Division until 2007, when he became a detective with the Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit. “Dfc. Rodriguez has investigated the most serious crimes that have occurred in Ocean City,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro.  “His talent to conduct complex investigations and relentlessly pursue those committing serious crimes has made Ocean City a safer place to live.”
Ten employees were also recognized for promotions at Friday’s event, including: Nicholas Forsyth, Trevor Greenawalt, Matthew MacFarlane, Sean McHugh and Kory Moerschel, who were each recognized for their promotion to Police Officer First Class in 2014. Five former Public Safety Aides were also recognized for their appointment to the new position of Police Custody Officer after they successfully completed their training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s Jail and Corrections Academy. Those five Police Custody Officers are Jennifer Albert, Ashley Clark, Susan Dickerson, Jenna McGoogan and Damian Priznar.
“Our department is full of men and women who do extraordinary things for our community each day,” Chief Buzzuro continued. “I am proud that at least one day of the year we have an opportunity to highlight their dedication and thank them for the work they do to keep us safe.”
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MAKE A GAME PLAN TO STAY SAFE SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

(January 28, 2015) The Super Bowl is America’s most watched sporting event complete with lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The Ocean City Police Department is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on having any alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday, make a plan to get home safely now and stick to your plan on game day.

“The driver is ultimately responsible for their own safety,” stated Chief Ross Buzzuro. “If citizens choose to drink alcohol, we strongly recommend that they have a designated driver, call a cab or catch a city bus.”

Maryland crash data shows that impaired driving was a factor in roughly one third of all roadway deaths in 2013. A driver is legally considered intoxicated when their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reaches .08 but impairment begins with the first drink. Police officers in Maryland made more than 23,000 arrests for DUI last year through checkpoints and DUI patrols, and every one of those could have been avoided.

The Ocean City Police Department also reminds motorists to always wear a seat belt and make sure everyone in the vehicle is belted. A properly worn seat belt is the best defense against injury in any crash.

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
  • Download Maryland’s new smartphone app known as ENDUI (pronounced END-DUI) for free from the iTunes store and the Google Play store;
    • With key features such as creating a designated driver list or instantly locating the nearest taxi service or public transportation, ENDUI makes it easier than ever to prevent impaired driving.
  • Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you.
  • Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. 

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
§  Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
§  Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
§  Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
§  Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from

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