Town of Ocean City Police Department 6501 Coastal Hwy. Ocean City, MD 21842 Phone: 410-723-6610 Fax: 410-723-6955 Email
Ocean City PoliceDepartment
The Ocean City Police Department Bike
Unit was established in 1993 through federal funding designed to
encourage a community policing initiative. A small group of officers
were selected in the agency to attend training through the International
Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA).
The officers on the unit initially
volunteered to bring their own bikes into work, in order to patrol the
streets and neighborhoods within the community. This highly motivated
group of officers made new contacts and presented a unique quality of
policing to residents and visitors of Ocean City.
On October 12, 1994 members of the
unit and recently retired Police Chief, David C. Massey, were nationally
recognized by the former United States President, William Jefferson
Clinton. President Clinton acknowledged their efforts and success in the
capture and arrest of a serial rapist that had victimized numerous women
throughout Delaware and Maryland.
Since that time the bike unit has
proven to be a very effective tool used to serve the public in the
unique, high pedestrian environment in Ocean City.
The Bike Unit currently has four
officers in the department listed as year round members of the unit.
In addition to the four full time members in the unit, the unit is supplemented by
forty other members of the department who have received bike training.
The unit currently has 24 bikes available in the fleet. Initially the first bikes supplied
to the officers were fleet series, rigid frame, Trek police mountain bike. In
2000, the agency began to purchase the F5oo, fleet series, Raleigh
police mountain bike. The increase of the number of bikes available to
the officers is to the credit of the department and donations made by
businesses and private citizens in the community.
Ocean City Police officers, who serve as bike officers, supplement patrol in a variety of ways.
The officers who participate on the unit as fulltime members and part-time
members are expected to be highly accessible to the public. Officers who
serve in this capacity are also highly productive and motivated servants
for the community.