Tuesday, April 8, 2014

POLICE COMMISSION TO HOLD MEETING FOR TAXI MEDALLION OWNERS

(April 8, 2014) – The Police Commission will hold a meeting for all taxi medallion owners concerning the proposed rate increase on April 28. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and take place at the Ocean City Public Safety Building located at 6501 Coastal Highway. Medallion owners will have an opportunity to voice their opinions about the proposed rate hike prior to the Police Commission making any recommendation to the City Council.

This meeting is restricted to medallion owners or their assigned representatives. One speaker per company will be permitted. Those wishing to attend must contact Michelle Monico, Taxi Program Coordinator and Records Management Supervisor, at 410-723-6631 before April 24.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

OCPD RECOGNIZES AUXILIARY OFFICERS


Lt. Scott Harner, Auxiliary Officer Dorothy Morse,
Auxiliary Officer Tonja Sas, Chief Ross Buzzuro
(April 4, 2014) – On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Ocean City Police Department celebrated its annual “Auxiliary Officer of the Year” luncheon. The OCPD Auxiliary Unit, which began in 1999, boasts 12 members who volunteer their time to the Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City community.

The title of “Auxiliary Officer of the Year” is awarded to those who best demonstrate a devotion to duty and public service and whose conduct and contributions exemplify the purpose of the Auxiliary Unit. This year, the honor was awarded to Auxiliary Officer’s Dorothy Morse and Tonja Sas. Each has been a member of the Auxiliary Unit since its inception in 1999.  Auxiliary Officer’s Morse and Sas have volunteered a combined total of 9,759.75 hours of service to the Ocean City Police Department and the citizens of Ocean City.  Ocean City Police are sincerely grateful for each Auxiliary Officers’ service and commitment.

“Our Auxiliary Officers are invaluable to our department,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Their dedication to public safety in Ocean City has greatly benefited our community and the men and women of the Ocean City Police Department. I commend Auxiliary Officer Morse and Auxiliary Officer Sas for their tremendous commitment to the Ocean City community.”

Since its inception, the officers of the Auxiliary Unit have collectively volunteered a total of 51,379.75 hours of service to the Ocean City Police Department.  In 2013, Auxiliary Officers volunteered 2,956.5 service hours.

Citizens who wish to support the Ocean City Police Department and the Town of Ocean City by joining the Auxiliary Officer Unit are encouraged to contact Lt. Scott Harner at 410-520-5318.

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TWO SUSPECTS INDICTED IN AUGUST ASSAULT CASE

(April 7, 2014) – On February 24, 2014, a Worcester County Grand Jury indicted two suspects, Wade William Korvin, 21, of Odenton, MD, and Terrance James Webster, 20, of Odenton, MD on multiple charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Ocean City last summer. The suspects are each being charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment, for a serious assault that occurred on August 18, 2013.

Officers responded to the area of 17th Street and St. Louis Avenue at approximately 1:45 a.m. and located the male victim suffering from serious injuries. During the subsequent investigation, officers determined the victim had gotten into a physical altercation with a group of unknown males who then fled the scene.  Although police quickly arrived on scene and searched the area, officers were unable to locate the suspects.

Over the next several months, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division’s Major Crimes Unit were able to identify Korvin and Webster as the two suspects involved in the assault. Detectives presented the case to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, who secured Grand Jury indictments on both individuals. Korvin and Webster were both released from custody on $100,000.00 bond pending their cases being heard in the Circuit Court for Worcester County.

Immediately following the incident, the victim was admitted to Johns Hopkins Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore, MD.  The victim has since been released from the hospital, however is still suffering from the long term effects of the assault.

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Please note: The Ocean City Police Department does not have photos or imagines of the suspects available.

Monday, March 31, 2014

OCPD REMINDING CITIZENS TO PARK THE PHONE WHILE ON THE ROAD

(March 31, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation in the effort to stop distracted driving by celebrating Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The initiative, which takes place during the month of April, reminds citizens to park the phone while on the road.

“Ocean City citizens need to know that we are serious about stopping this dangerous behavior of texting and driving,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off the task of driving putting yourself and others at risk.”

In 2012, there were 3,328 people killed and 421,000 injured nationwide in distraction-affected crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute reports that a quarter of teens nationwide respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. The Institute also reports that 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving.

The Ocean City Police Department reminds citizens that One Text Could Wreck It All. When drivers engage in distracted driving behaviors, they are not only a danger to themselves but to other motorists on the road as well.

For more information about distracted driving and to take the pledge to drive phone free, visit www.distraction.gov.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

THREE OCPD PUBLIC SAFETY AIDES GRADUATE FROM CORRECTIONAL ACADEMY

Back Row L to R: Lt. Elton Harmon, Capt. Kevin Kirstein,
Cpl. Howard Caplan, Lt. Richard Moreck; Front Row L to R:
Susan Dickerson, Jennifer Albert, Jenna McGoogan
(March 19, 2014) – On March 19, 2014, three Ocean City Police Department public safety aides graduated from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s Jail and Corrections Officer Academy. Public Safety Aides Jennifer Albert, Susan Dickerson and Jenna McGoogan each completed over six weeks of intense training at the Academy. McGoogan was recognized for completing the academy at the top of her class with an academic average of over 97 percent.

“We are extremely proud of the three graduates,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro.  “All three employees have completed several weeks of training and will bring a new level of experience to the department.”

The Ocean City Police Department’s public safety aids are utilized as civilian support staff within the Patrol and Support Services division. While general duties of public safety aides can consist of parking enforcement and patrol operations, the recent academy graduates will be assigned to arrest and detention.  Their responsibilities will include processing and custody of detainees, safety and security of the Public Safety facility, interaction with the general public and liaisons between the District Court.

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