Town of Ocean City Police Department 6501 Coastal Hwy. Ocean City, MD 21842
Ocean City PoliceDepartment
AUXILIARY OFFICER PROGRAM
What is a Auxiliary Officer?
A civilian trained to support the Police Department and serve the citizens of Ocean City by providing volunteer services to supplement regular law enforcement personnel in the performance of specific duties.
In 1999, seven civilians endured 8 Saturdays of training, totaling 56 hours, to become Auxiliary Officers with the Ocean City Police Department. In 2000, eight additional civilians were provided the same course of training and were added to the force upon graduation. In 2003, five more volunteers were added to the force after completing training taught specifically by the current Auxiliary Officers. In 2005, four more Auxiliary Officers completed training. The training was designed to prepare members for the duties and assignments associated with the newly formed corp. Training topics included the following:
Military Courtesy, Conduct and Ethics
Community Policing and Crime Prevention
First Aid and C.P.R.
Conflict Management and Resolution
Crime Scene Searches and Protection
Weapons Familiarization and Pepper Spray
Court Rules, Procedures and Testimony
Uniform Care and Personal Appearance
Outstanding Community Service Award
Selection criteria includes involvement in community service projects as both a Auxiliary Officer and private citizen. Involvement in youth activities, dedication to community crime prevention and participation in religious, fraternal or social programs are all considered. The 2000 Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Auxiliary Officer Tonja Sas.
Auxiliary Officer of the Year
“Auxiliary Officer of the Year” is awarded to the person who best demonstrates a devotion to duty and public service and whose conduct and contributions exemplify the purpose of the Auxiliary Unit. Recent recipients of the Auxiliary Officer of the Year Award include: 1999 - Margaret Sas, 2000 - Sy Longberg, 2001- John Prescott, 2002 - Jack Doran 2003 - Tonja Sas, 2004 - Dorothy C. Morse, 2005 - Donald Olson, 2006 - Sy Longberg 2007 - Robert Borys, 2008 - Charles Judd, 2009 - Robert Borys, 2010 - Ann Gough, 2011 - Shalimar Kufchak and in 2012 there were two winners Reid Gay and Wanda Olson.
Auxiliary Police Officers are typically tasked with duties which are civilian and/or administrative in nature. In addition, Auxiliary Officers are vested with the authority to issue parking and municipal citations (leash laws; sleeping on the beach; bicycle, skateboard and roller blade ordinances; littering; hitchhiking; urinating in public; throwing objects; etc...)
Since its inception in 1999, members of the Auxiliary Unit have amassed 48,423 hours of volunteer service resulting in a cost savings of more than $1,591,667.00 to the Ocean City Police Department and the Town of Ocean City. Last year (2012) Auxiliary officers volunteered a record 3, 354 hours.
Common Auxiliary Officer Work Assignment
File Reports and Enter Tickets into the RMS Computer System
Enter Name of Person and Items Pawned into Computer System to aid officers in solving robberies etc...
Answer Phone Calls and Assist the Public
Uniform Maintenance – Inventory, Who Has What Equipment
Entering Arrest/Evidence Information into Computer System
Assist with Destroying Evidence after Trial
Educate Owners and Employees on Recognizing Authentic ID’s
Seasonal Hiring Process
Police Academy and Practical Scenarios
Assist public affairs staff during Citizen Police Academy (CPA) classes
Promote CPA classes to Community Organizations
Home surveys to help minimize the public’s vulnerability to break-ins
Baltimore Avenue Detail and Pedestrian Safety
Answer Questions and Patrol Boardwalk
Assist Officers in Surveying Patrol Areas
Assist on Traffic Stops and During Calls for Service
Registering Cars with national Watch Your Car program
Work with Mounted Unit Doing Misc. Duties at the Stables
Springfest and Sunfest
Patrol Checkpoints / Parking Enforcement
Back-Stage Security at Concerts
Parade and Construction related traffic control
Parking and Tow Sign surveys
Good Friday and Easter Sunrise Ceremonies
Flag Day Ceremony
Crusin’ Streetrod Festival
Winterfest of Lights
July 4th Events
Sundaes in the Park
Labor Day Beach Concert Series
Play It Safe Events for High School Seniors
Town of Ocean City New Year’s Eve Party
Northside Park Dances
Holiday Shopper’s Fair Security
Corvette Club Parade
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Ocean City Christmas Parade
Seaside 10K Run and Biathlon
Festival of Music Parade
White Marlin Parade
Ravens Roost Parade
American Legion Parade
Would you like to be a Auxiliary Officer?
Can you donate at least 144 hours a year?
Do you have a clear criminal and driving record?
Can you stand for hours at a time?
Are you a US citizen with a High School Diploma?
If so, we would like to add you to a future class!
Contact Lieutenant Scott Harner at (410) 723-6629