Roy came to the OCPD in 1997 at the age of 4. During his service with the department he has had six different officer partners. Roy has been involved in hundreds of arrests, several thousand enforcement actions and participated in special details including the car cruises, Delmarva Bike Week and Winterfest of Lights as well as all of the annual parades and festivals that Ocean City hosts.
During his career Roy has assisted other agencies including Pocomoke City Police, Maryland State Police and the Worcester and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Departments with crowd control functions as well as search and recovery details. Roy has also served as the lead horse to train new police horses and new mounted officers.
Roy retires at the age 18 and will be spending his retirement on a farm in Western Maryland. He is in good health and spirits, and is enjoying the company of his new family and farm animals, which include another horse, a donkey and geese.
The officers of the Ocean City Police Department wish Roy well and welcome newly arrived “rookie” mounted police horses. “I have personally worked scenes when Roy has been deployed, the rookie horses have a lot to live up to,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino, “I’m happy that he will be enjoying a peaceful retirement.”
As for Roy’s replacement, the OCPD has five new mounted police horses. Three have seen a full year of police service, and two are in training for duty this summer season.