On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association gathered at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center for their annual “Officer of the Year” recognition dinner. Nearly 100 guests attended the event, including several Ocean City Police employees and residents and members of the eight Neighborhood Watch Associations in Ocean City; The Boardwalk Group, Bayshore Drive, Caine Keys II, Caine Woods, Edgewater Avenue, Little Salisbury, Montego Bay and Sundowner Park.
Ocean City Police Corporal (Cpl.) Dennis Eade was selected to be the honorable recipient of the Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association’s 2010 “Officer of the Year” award. Also nominated for the 2010 “Officer of the Year” award were Ocean City Police Corporal Frank Wrench, Police Officer First Class Pam Russell, Detective First Class Todd Speigle, Detective First Class Jeffery Johns and Detective Joseph Melena.
Cpl. Eade is originally from Upstate New York and attended New Mexico Military Institute, Tompkins Cortland Community College and the State University of New York College at Brockport. Cpl. Eade began his law enforcement career with the Ocean City Police Department as a Seasonal Police Officer in 1997, 1998 & 1999. He was hired full-time in 2000. He is one of the only Ocean City Officers who has been assigned to the every division in the department including Training, Vice/Narcotics and plain clothes assignments.
“I am honored and humbled to receive such recognition from the residents of Ocean City,” said Cpl. Dennis Eade. “Every day I am motivated and inspired by my fellow officers of the Ocean City Police Department. I, along with my fellow nominees and the men and women of the Ocean City Police Department, will surely continue to dedicate ourselves 100% to the Town of Ocean City and to public safety.”
In addition to being named “Officer of the Year”, Cpl. Eade has six departmental commendations for outstanding police performance, three unit citations, and a Chief’s commendation, for pulling a drowning victim from the dangerous Ocean City Inlet waters. He also earned awards from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy for excellence in both academics and physical fitness and was selected by his instructors to be his Academy Class Leader.
Cpl. Eade serves the Department in a number of capacities. Cpl. Eade is a Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission certified police instructor. He serves as a Police Academy Drill Instructor and is one of the Department’s Defensive Tactics Instructors. Cpl. Eade has instructed full-time and seasonal police officers in court room testimony, juvenile law, drug identification and advanced defensive tactics.
Cpl. Eade is a member of the Department’s Quick Response Team (S.W.A.T.). He has been a Regional Champion and a National Finalist in the LEOPARD Challenge law enforcement competition and was highlighted on “The Outdoor Network” for his success. He also serves as a community self defense instructor. Eade has also instructed the Ocean City Citizens Police Academy.
Eade is very active with Concerns of Police Survivors and has organized several charitable events for Special Olympics Maryland. Last Christmas, Cpl. Eade was one of fifteen officers hand selected by Sheriff Mike Lewis as part of a search team that located the body of Sarah Foxwell. Cpl. Eade is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and spends his spare time participating in Ocean City Recreational Sports.