Together, the Ocean City Police Department, Ocean Pines Police Department, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police Barracks are co-hosting Ocean City’s Citizens Police Academy. Although the Citizens Police Academy has been around for nearly 25 years, this year is a little more special! With the joined resources and support from neighboring departments and agencies, this academy is expected to be better than ever.
Officials believe that through this academy, residents and citizens will gain education and insight on what happens inside their local departments. It’s crucial in building a trusting relationship between police officers and the public. The whole idea behind this academy is to heighten the awareness of the public and give area residents more knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes in their local law enforcement departments.
This is the first year ever where surrounding departments have joined in on Ocean City’s academy.
“The Ocean Pines Police Department is proud to partner with the Ocean City Police Department in the upcoming Citizens Police Academy,” said Dave Massey, Ocean Pines Police Chief. “I urge all of our residents to consider this unique opportunity to build trust with local law enforcement.”
Class sizes are limited to 30 people, so apply by Sept. 4 to attend! In order to participate in this wonderful event, you must be 18 years or older, and are required to give Ocean City Police Department permission to conduct a background check.
During the academy, participants will meet with a variety of officers from different departments. They will cover topics such as criminal law, traffic enforcement, firearms, arrests, narcotics, K-9 units, and much more. But the Citizens Police Academy is not just classroom-style learning! As a participant, you will have the opportunity to interact hands-on with practical scenarios.
“This program demystifies the police profession with our citizens by showing them the day-to-day operations of the police department. Studies have shown that 90 percent of police activity with residents is not writing tickets or making arrests, but interacting with and protecting residents on a daily basis,” said Massey.
Tuesdays at 6 pm from Sept. 11 to Nov. 13.
The Ocean City Public Safety Building on 65th St.
Nothing! The 10-week program is free.
For more information, or to receive an application, visit http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/police/programs/ or contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395.