On June 17, 2013, the Ocean City Police Department proudly graduated four new officers from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s 70th police academy class.
Officers were formally recognized as certified police officers of the Ocean City Police Department, after 24 weeks (942 hours) of intense training. The recruit class was comprised of various law enforcement agencies from all over Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These officers continued the long established tradition of OCPD officers by graduating from the police academy with top honors.
Each of the four OCPD officers finished in the top four performance standings of the class as follows:
- OFC Adam Lapinski – Pistol Expert
- OFC Joseph Laughlin – Pistol Expert
- OFC Xeniya Patterson – Physical Fitness Award
- OFC Matthew Zimmerman – Academy Class Leader, Leadership Award, Pistol Expert, Physical Fitness Award
“We are thrilled to welcome these four officers to our department,” said Ocean City Police Acting Chief Greg Guiton. “Each of them exemplifies all that is good in law enforcement. We are very confident that they will serve the Ocean City community with honor, integrity and pride.”
After their graduation from the police academy, the four new officers will enter into a nine week field training program. During this time they will hone the skills they have acquired in the police academy under the direct supervision of a veteran OCPD field training officer. They will be routinely evaluated and critiqued on their performance and judgment and will be exposed to the various shifts and divisions that make up the OCPD.