Monthly Archives: March 2011


After 14 years of faithful service, the Ocean City Police Department is announcing the retirement of mounted patrol horse “Sundancer Royal,” better known as “Roy.”

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.


The death of a man who had fallen from a window at an Ocean City hotel last week, has been ruled accidental. An investigation by the Ocean City Police Department found that the man, identified as Gregory Sean Pierce, 46, of Berlin, fell from the 6th floor of the hotel window.  His body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland for an autopsy, where the manner of death was ruled accidental.

On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at approximately 4:08 a.m., Ocean City Police were dispatched to the area of 139th Street for a subject who had fallen from a window.  Officers arrived on scene and located Pierce’s body in the parking lot of the Fenwick Inn. He was pronounced dead at the scene.