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'Coffee With Cops' Set for April 18 and 27

The Ocean City Police Department encourages people to come out and voice concerns.

The Ocean City Police Department invites any resident of Ocean City to come out in April and voice concerns at an event called Coffee with Cops.

On April 18 and 27, the Community Policing Unit will be available for an hour and a half to answer questions and listen, according to Sgt. Dave Hall.

"Basically the program is an informal way for the community to ask questions or voice concerns within their neighborhoods or in the city," Hall says.

The events are scheduled as follows:

  • April 18: 9 to 10:30 a.m., , 605 Eighth Street.
  • April 27: 9 to 10:30 a.m., , 910 Ocean Avenue.

For more information, call Hall with the Community Policing Unit at 609-525-9108.

Richard Jacoby March 30, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Exactly Newell. Well said
Robert McKenna, MIKE March 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Well it is obvious that there are many mixed feelings about the OCPD and there heavy handed ways. Some people like the cops in your affairs some people do not. This is not New York City or Camden, or Philadelphia. People waking the streets at night do not need to be thrown against a wall and searched. These OC cops make in excess of a 100,000.00 dollars a year and they are exposed to a quarter of the violence and crime of the other cities mentioned. Why do they get paid so much money? Did you have to be a bully in school and fail the IQ test to get the job? The police in OC have bad attitudes and do not treat people with respect. Giving year round residents tickets for five miles over the limit in the dead of winter when you and the police officer are the only people on the road. I thought with that much pay the cops might travel around back allies in the winter and look for break-ins, or poachers in the park, or even stop and help a person change a tire without asking to search their car. OH NO they probably need 200,00 per year to do those things.
Denise Fisk-Baj April 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I agree with you Robert, as this past weekend I was on the boardwalk with my sister and her kid and my kid....I saw a fire in one of those cigarette extinguish thingys ---and flagged down a bicycle cop and reported it....he looked at me like I had three heads....then while we were sitting there eating pizza and the fire dept came to put out the fire....I said jokingly, "I only reported it--I didn't start it" and he gave me a dirty look....I was so disgusted and thought to myself---what the hell is wrong with this guy---talk about an attitude and his young butt really needs to go back to the academy and learn some freaking manners------what the heck is going on with the OCPD and their totally rude attitudes----I ain't asking for a medal for reporting the fire but a simple 'thank you ma'am' would have been polite not an ignorant look!!!!!!!! C'mon OCPD----learn some simple manners or get rid of the young cops who have no manners and have bad attitudes!!!!!! It's getting worse every year----people should start carrying little video camera's on them to record the obvious rudeness that is taking hold of the OCPD and put THEM on report!!!!!!!!
Richard Jacoby April 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It's called lack of accountability They no longer feel that they work for the people but rather that they are above them.
Newell138 April 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
they (although I shouldn't say they because its not all of them) feel they are above the general population because they make so much money and have great benefits and perks. The civil servant is anything but these days.
ocnypd April 18, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Denise, you say he was rude because he had a nasty look on his face ? Did he actually say anything rude to you ? Or you were judging his actions towards you by his look ? I am a retired NYPD Lt. living in OC, did 26 years up there, and believe it or not, there were some days I was not in a good mood. You know possibly due to my parent suffering and dying from cancer, my wife going through her own health issues, having a child hit by a drunk driver, you know other things than actually congratulating you for doing some sort of civil service. Im not saying every cop is great to deal with, but like any occupation, you have good and bad. Find out the story before throwing someone under the bus. And yes while I am sure they havent faced nearly the everyday crime I did, they still are one traffic stop, or one domestic violence call away from some psycho emptying a clip into their chest. Not sure you are facing the same uncertainty everyday at your job.
Denise Fisk-Baj April 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
There is no way he would be facing job stress compared to NY----maybe something was amiss at home but when I flagged him down he was like practically rolling his eyes b/c I stopped him as he was picking up speed on his bicycle.....when I then told him and pointed to the ciggie thingy....he just rode away.....without so much as an ok---thanks--or I got this.....no acknowledgment at all....at first I thought he was gonna ignore it until he headed that way.....and it wasn't a big fire...it was just smoking a bit more than one of those things would normally....so I'm sure it probably was on fire on the inside....he then tried to put it out with a bottle of water and that's when my son came back with his pizza and the cop was still there and it was still smoking....my son has been involved in the Junior Firefighter program for the last two years and of course he wanted to eat his pizza there to see his "buddy's' come and put it out.....so as I was sitting there eating pizza with my son and sister I said jokingly---"I just reported it---I didn't start it" figuring he would crack a smile or something....he just made nasty face like whatever....don't talk to me peon----that's what it felt like and I thought to myself----who pissed in his Cheerio's??
Denise Fisk-Baj April 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
and ocnypd----I just wanted to let you know--------I'm from Philly, born and raised....and I do have the utmost respect for officers of the law----but it's different down here and I've noticed the attitudes are changing in the last cpl years too....a lot of ppl don't even want to visit b/c they are afraid of getting bogus tickets and of being harassed....and I've heard that from a lot of ppl over the last 3 years
ocnypd April 18, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Again, Denise, I realize you have had your share of run in's with the local police.And I will not comment on that because I am not versed in the local laws regarding your motorbike, certainly from what you have stated seems you have received a little more attention than necessary for it, but again not versed locally. But from what you are saying, honestly, you are way overreacting. You are assuming what he was saying by his facial expression not an actual comment. Maybe someone did as you say piss in his Cheerios. And just because they dont respond to the same amount of crime ( city of 10,000 verus Brooklyn, where I was of 2,600,000) it does not diminish the risk taken everyday. Same as firefighters all it takes is one fire, so I never begrudge them sitting around 20 consecutive days then one response and 5 firefighters are gone. Sorry, I have seen it day in and day out for 26 years. Try responding to a domestic violence call, which I know they do here, it eventually ends up as one of the worst things you will witness as a human being.
trueR April 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I am reading these and funny, Denise, I was thinking the same thing about you and your cheerios. Your comments are making me laugh. You really have no clue, do you. Keep em coming though, they are entertaining to say the least. (By the way, you have NO respect for the officers of the law by the way you are bashing them here... for not creating a holiday for you after your phone call).
Richard Jacoby April 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I’ll buy that argument for many professions, but not for Politian’s, Judges, Da’s and police officers. They are put in a position of power over others and they MUSt be held to the highest standard of conduct at all times. The “I had a bad day” excuse doesn’t cut it for them and that includes conduct expressed through body language. You can be quite unprofessional and rude to someone without saying a word. If they can’t live up to that standard they should find another line of work. I could never hold my cool the way a cop must, so I would never become one. This is a problem in many communities.
Molly Edwards April 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Denise, you jacoby and mckenna are laughable! The three of you waste so much energy on the OCPD its a joke... Denise the cop prob. knew who you were from all your bi==ching and figured if he even looked at you funny you would complain to someone... and you did!! Im thinking that if you and your blog buddies got a job or did something productive with yourselves other than get DWI's and traffic tickets maybe your life wouldnt seem so pathetic!!
Amanda Thomas April 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
There is a cross walk in the middle of the street there I am pretty sure. Good point though about setting a bad example.
Richard Jacoby April 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Whats this Pending approval BS on every comment.
Richard Jacoby April 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I’ll buy that argument for many professions, but not for Politian’s, Judges, Da’s and police officers. They are put in a position of power over others and they MUSt be held to the highest standard of conduct at all times. The “I had a bad day” excuse doesn’t cut it for them and that includes conduct expressed through body language. You can be quite unprofessional and rude to someone without saying a word. If they can’t live up to that standard they should find another line of work. I could never hold my cool the way a cop must, so I would never become one. This is a problem in many communities.
Robert McKenna, MIKE April 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Standard operating procedure for most jobs and especially occupations that deal with the public is to leave your home life at home. The preponderance of these comments points out the general arrogance of the police. Granted it can be a dangerous job, but on a case by case basis "To Serve And Protect" means fair and unbiased treatment without the influence of problems at home. Hell, for the money they are making the police should be wearing a smile so big all the time that when they get old and die, the undertaker should have a hard time removing it.
donald duck April 19, 2012 at 03:56 PM
It look and sounds like many people have alot of issue(S) with OCPD. How about obeying the traffic laws and criminal laws ?
donald duck April 19, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Sounds like a personal grudge against the police
Richard Jacoby April 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Exactly what doesn't athe average cop in OC make? I thought the chief gets around 104k.
Richard Jacoby April 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Does. Dam auto correct
Denise Fisk-Baj April 19, 2012 at 11:26 PM
if you think it's a personal grudge---think again and go to 4409 on youtube or pashame.com....corruption is everywhere.....just like it's not ok for the Doctors wife to have a trailer on the street with no tag or reg---BUT IT'S OK FOR THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO HAVE HIS JEEP/SCOUT parked on the street with no tag or reg or ins----what's good for the goose should be good for the gander and vise-versa====favoritism is the first signs of corruption.....anyone would know that and believe that all public servants and government officials need watchdogging!!!! Period......We the People means nothing to some and that shouldn't be!! No one is infallible and I just feel there are some bad apples that need to be perhaps weeded out so they don't spoil the whole bunch baby!!!
Denise Fisk-Baj April 20, 2012 at 02:27 AM
It wasn't a phone call---it was face to face---and face to face is a whole lot personal then a phone call.....maybe it's just me....I'm old school where we say yes sir and no ma'am....or excuse me officer....there seems to be a fire over there....oh ok or anything would have sufficed .....lol
Tired of Hypocrisy April 20, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I am 57 years old, raised in O.C., no longer live full-time there, reside only in summer. Now that I have given my credentials, I will say that I have never in all my years had a problem with the police. Never with the actual police as I was growing up nor the 'rent-a-cops' in the summertime way back when. Only contact I ever had was last summer when I was shopping on Asbury, parked in the lot behind B & B & for some reason, my car would not start, the burglar system had fouled up. I walked across to the police department, told my story & they said a police officer with knowledge of cars would be out in a few minutes. Officer arrived, tried everything he could & then suggested I use another set of keys to unlock the system. I told him I would do that but the other set of keys was at my home. He asked where, I told him in the South End, he offered to drive me there retrieve keys & try again. He did take me to my home, waited & then we returned to the car which the spare alarm key did not work either. He then offered to drive me back to my home when I said I'd wait till morning & call the dealer. He took me home, was kind at all times, professional at all times. Perhaps with all the complaints on this board about the police, attitude adjustments are needed. Police risk their lives daily whether in Philly or O.C. One never knows when a crazed person will try to take them 'out'. A little respect, a smile and kindness goes a long way. Thank you O.C. police, all of you.
Denise Fisk-Baj April 20, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I am VERY GLAD to hear that "Tired of Hypocrisy".....although not all have been having such wonderful "yearly" experiences with the OCPD of lately----I don't mean to say that all the officers are bad---only a few could use a little more charm and show a little more respect for the public who they are sworn to "serve and protect"----A few years ago, I myself have called them on a domestic problem and they were always very polite and very respectful.....it just seems that I've had a recent bad experience and have heard of many other bad experiences and am hoping this is not a pattern as in pashame.com or any other kind of downward attitudes towards the public to ruin the rest of the force who is good---I surely am not saying that all need to check themselves---only a few may need to, in light of more than a few complaints---that's all....
Newell138 April 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Try 135K plus for the chief
happycamper April 20, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My two cents, I don't think it is possible to refer to oneself as "old school" but then make comments like the one about the cheerios.
Denise Fisk-Baj April 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
oh so if I'm old school I can't add a new school slang word.....sorry....just trying to keep up with the times and lingo slang.....this 52 yr old has always said --yes sir and no Ma'am.....since I was little.....we were always taught to respect the authority of Law Enforcement and our elders......I guess today that is a thing of the past.....but not in my household....my son says yes sir and no sir..... but is also taught people, including persons of authority are not infallible, but to still give respect no matter what----period!!
Richard Jacoby April 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I am happy you have had great experiences with OCPD. I wish we all could say that
Robert McKenna, MIKE April 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
We have beaten this subject to death, and what people feel about authority figures such as police has an emotional as well as a practical side. Not to like some treatment by some police officers, is the same as not liking some people, some neighbors, etc. and that is just a fact of life. I say yes sir to the cops, and I pay my occasional fine, and that has nothing to do with not liking their haughty and superior attitudes. Their job gives them no right to be discourteous. Some people talk like the police are special, and they are not. They put their pants on one leg at a time. They are over paid for the work they do in this little town, and that is part of the reason our taxes go up, and then up more when the police do stupid things and get sued.
Denise Fisk-Baj April 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Amen

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