The Ocean City Police Department’s year-end numbers indicate that major crimes against persons are on the decline, but property crime and other offenses – particularly drug- and alcohol-related ones – continue to be a battle.
Capt. Kevin Kirstein, currently serving as the OCPD’s acting chief after the departure of former chief Bernadette DiPino, presented the department’s annual report to City Council on Tuesday.
Most crucial, Kirstein said, was that the city’s rate of major crime seemed to be holding steady. Since 2006, the town has averaged 1,486 incidents per year that are severe enough to be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s national records system. Such crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, breaking and entering, larceny and motor vehicle theft.