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New OCPD Chief Assumes Position

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro officially assumed his new position Tuesday with a lot to swallow.

He says he's ready to take on Ocean City, but he comes at a busy and hectic time. The department has been swamped, dealing Fourth of July preparations, the tragic deaths of two officers and a recent spike in violent crime. Already this season, there have been two stabbings and a shooting just this past weekend.

"It's kind of disturbing to hear because it is a family place to come. It's for vacations, and I don't know why it would happen down here," Catherine Simone of Silver Spring, Md. said.

But Chief Buzzuro is confident he can get a handle on the situation, and says it begins with looking at key problem areas and the placement of officers.

"I bring a fresh set of eyes , a fresh perspective, and obviously I want to look at the systems and processes in place. We are looking at the totality of the incidents and where those incidents may be occurring and by whom. Then we're strategizing based on the information at hand accordingly," he said.

He tells WMDT he's already impressed with the culture of the department and is dedicated to tackling the issues at hand, making Ocean City the family friendly place it has always been known for. But according to some vacationers, that's the image it still carries.

"There's enough people here. I feel safe. I've seen enough police presence," Brian Albertini of Rockville, Md. said.

"Until someone shoots or stabs me, I'll still be coming here," Nick Knight of Hershey, Pa. said.

The mayor and town council believe Chief Buzzuro is the best man for this job. They hand picked him out of a big pool of credible and qualified people. Buzzuro has nearly 30 years of knowledge and experience from his time with the Baltimore City Police Department.

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