(December 17, 2013) – On December 17, 2013, two new Ocean City Police Department officers graduated from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s 71st police academy class.
Officers were formally recognized as certified police officers of the Ocean City Police Department, after 24 weeks, approximately 950 hours of intense training. The recruit class stemmed from various law enforcement agencies throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
These officers continued the long established tradition of OCPD officers by graduating from the police academy with top honors. Officer Erica Specht earned both the Physical Fitness Award and Pistol Expert Award. Officer Jacob Fetterolf also earned the Pistol Expert Award and was recognized for having an overall 100% for pistol proficiency during the course.
“Each of the two new officers we welcomed this week is a perfect example of what we look for in new police recruits,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “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 two 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 will be exposed to the various shifts and divisions that make up the OCPD.