On Monday, May 16, 2011, the Ocean City Police Department was the proud recipient of 120 ballistic grade ticket books and clipboards, thanks to Hardwire LLC.  Representatives from Hardwire LLC, a local armor and survivability company located in Pocomoke, MD, visited the Ocean City Police Department to donate the protective items to be used by OCPD personnel.

The clipboards are manufactured from laser trimmed portions of the same armor being manufactured from their highly successful program to increase the survivability of the HMMWV. In today’s economic environment the ability to make the HMMWV, which the military already owns hundreds of thousands of units, into a vehicle with the same survivability characteristics as a modern tank yet light enough to be rapidly deployed, is the focus of the engineers at Hardwire LLC.

“I feel honored that Hardwire chose to donate these items to local law enforcement,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “We are very fortunate for the partnership with Hardwire and local law enforcement.  In light of the increase in deaths of police officers due to firearms nationwide, this donation offers our officers additional protection.”

Chief DiPino, who recently toured the secure Hardwire LLC facility, was impressed by the specialized technology and advanced products.  “The Hardwire facility is incredible – it looks like something out of a James Bond movie,” said Chief DiPino.  “There are a lot of highly confidential products being developed and manufactured by Hardwire.  In this time of economic uncertainty I feel extremely privileged that Hardwire has reached out to the Ocean City Police Department and shared some of their survivability knowledge and products to protect the lives of our officers. It’s a clipboard but what it may prevent is almost beyond comprehension.”