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The Town of Ocean City website (www.oceancitymd.gov) has recently been updated, incorporating news releases from the OCPD in to the site. For this reason, we will discontinue our use of this BlogSpot page and will only post news releases to the City website. Citizens can easily view our news releases on the City website by visiting the "Police Department" page and clicking on "Press Releases".

To subscribe to our news releases, visit the following link: http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/city-hall/enews/. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Any individuals that have questions or concerns about the update are asked to contact the OCPD Public Affairs Specialist at 410-520-5395. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TWO OFFICERS HONORED BY AMERICAN LEGION AND KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS


Pfc. Nathan Kutz
Pfc. Aaron Morgan
(March 23, 2015) – Two Ocean City police officers were recently honored by the American Legion Post 166 and Ocean City Knights of Columbus. Police Officer First Class (Pfc.) Nathan Kutz received the Officer of the Year award from the American Legion on March 16 and Pfc. Aaron Morgan received the similar honor from the Knights of Columbus on March 18. Both officers are members of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit and were recently finalists for the Neighborhood Watch Officer of the Year.

“Pfc. Kutz and Pfc. Morgan are both excellent members of the Traffic Safety Unit and are very deserving of these awards,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “They are both exemplary officers and are dedicated to the safety of our roadways.”

Pfc. Kutz began his career with OCPD as a seasonal officer in 2009 and was hired as a full-time officer in 2012. He joined the Traffic Safety Unit shortly after and has gone through advanced training in traffic crash and impaired driver investigations. Pfc. Kutz is recognized by the State of Maryland as a Smooth Operator and has earned numerous awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.). He was recently promoted to Police Officer First Class in January 2015.

Pfc. Morgan joined OCPD as a full-time officer in 2006 and is highly trained in traffic safety. He has been a M.A.D.D. DUI award recipient for six consecutive years, State of Maryland DUI award recipient for five consecutive years and is a three-time Smooth Operator Award winner. Also, in 2014, Pfc. Morgan was one of only two officers in the State of Maryland to receive the ACE Award. The ACE Award is given to officers that have arrested at least 100 impaired drivers in a year.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BE A SAINT. DRIVE SOBER THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY.


(March 10, 2015) – On Saturday, March 14, Ocean City will be filled with leprechauns and pots of gold for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities. This is always a joyous weekend but the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) is reminding party-goers to celebrate safely and designate a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40% of all crash fatalities during the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers. Nearly three-fourths of those drunk drivers had a Blood Alcohol Content level of twice the legal limit.

“We want everyone to be safe and smart during their celebration,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Designate a sober driver ahead of time, call a taxi or ride the municipal bus.”

The OCPD recommends the following tips to ensure you have a safe St. Patrick’s Day:
  • When you're making your plans for St. Patrick's Day think about how you will get home safely and stick to your plan.
  • If you're impaired call a taxi, a sober friend or use the municipal bus to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, never hesitate to call 911 or Ocean City Communications at 410-723-6600.
  • If a friend is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely.

Monday, March 9, 2015

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS DURING ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVITIES

(March 9, 2015) – The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to expect traffic delays this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, as the Delmarva Irish-American Club host their 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The tradition, which has become one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in Maryland, will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The parade begins at 12 noon at 57th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center.
In order to offer an ample amount of space for the parade’s participating floats, bands and motorized units, southbound traffic with be reduced to one lane from 63rd Street to 43rd Street. Northbound traffic will remain open, however, no left turns or U-turns will be allowed along the parade route from the northbound lane including 62nd Street.
Residents and visitors will see traffic delays on southbound Coastal Highway as early as 9:30 a.m. and should expect congestion until after 2 p.m. To avoid traffic delays, viewers and visitors are urged to arrive before 10:30 a.m. Ocean City Police are recommending motorists entering the Town of Ocean City use Maryland Route 50, as traffic is not expected to be as heavy in the south end of town.
In addition, heavy pedestrian traffic is also expected along the parade route and in surrounding areas. Pedestrians are encouraged to use crosswalks and cross with caution.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

OCPD SEEKING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN CITY SIGN THEFT CASE

(February 27, 2015) – The Ocean City Police Department is asking for assistance identifying suspects who stole multiple signs belonging to the Town of Ocean City from the area of Chicago Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets.
Surveillance footage of the area showed that on February 8, 2015, at approximately 10:20 p.m. two unidentified individuals exited their vehicle in the area and began removing several signs having an estimated total value of nearly $800. The two unidentified individuals then left the area at approximately 10:45 p.m. Surveillance video has been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed at this link: http://youtu.be/PcThBL1VFSE.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Officer Kyle Hayes at 410-520-5337 or khayes@oceancitymd.gov. Citizens may also contact the OCPD Crime Tips Hotline at 410-520-5136 or crimetips@oceancitymd.gov.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

OCPD RELEASES 2014 ANNUAL REPORT

The Ocean City Police Department is pleased to present the 2014 Annual Report to the citizens of Ocean City. In the report, you will find highlights that our department experienced in the past year, an overview of the accomplishments of each division, crime statistics and much more.
An electronic copy of the report can be found at http://oceancitymd.gov/pdf/PoliceAnnualReport.pdf. Anyone with questions or comments regarding the Annual Report may contact the Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395.