Spotlighting Chief Bernadette DiPino

“The State of Community Policing and the Future of Police Reform”

Chief Bernadette DiPino is a 2001 graduate of the F.B.I.’s National Academy, an appointee to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of the I.A.C.P. Foundation Board and represents the State of Florida Chiefs at the I.A.C.P. State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP).   She is a past President of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Maryland Police Training Commission.

Chief DiPino was appointed as Chief of Police of the Sarasota Police Department on December 31, 2012.  She began her career as a police officer with the Baltimore County Police in September 1985.  In April 1998, Chief DiPino joined the Police Department for the Town of Ocean City, Maryland where she rose through the ranks to Chief of Police; a position she held for nearly 10 years. [From the website of the Sarasota Police Department]

Police Chief Bernadette di Pino, Sarasota, Florida

She begins her talk at 32:34 on the video. She has some excellent views on leadership and 21st century policing. For me, this presentation captures a lot of what must be done to advance policing in America.

Overall, the five presenters captured the primary issues facing police today. It would be worthwhile to hear all of them in addition to Chief DiPino.

Good work and some realistic and hopeful thinking from each panelist!

The conference was held in February of this year at the University of Virginia Law School. Other speakers were Chief Joe Brann (formerly of the Cops Office), former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Chuck Ramsey and co-chair of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, UV Law School Professor Rachel Harmon, and Timothy Longo, adjunct professor and senior program director of public safety administration at the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

  • See more info on the conference HERE.


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