Ocean City Police Department

Employment Opportunities with the
Ocean City Police Department

Ocean City Police Department

The Ocean City Police Department hires a number of seasonal employees every year to augment our full-time staff during the busy summer months.  We will hire approximately 110 Seasonal Police Officers and 42 Public Safety Aides.  There may also be openings for year round employment for both Police Officers and Public Safety Aides.  We invite you to read a letter from the Chief and explore these positions further to see if a job with the OCPD is right for you. 

 

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Seasonal Police Officer

Seasonal Police Officers are temporary employees who supplement the year round police force in its mission to the community.  This assignment gives college-level criminal justice and other qualified and interested persons the chance to experience first-hand the duties and responsibilities of a sworn police officer.  Seasonal Police Officers work from patrol cars, foot posts, or on bicycles.  Their duties include the enforcement of state and local criminal laws, traffic laws, and investigating crimes and traffic collisions.  Seasonal Police Officers also assist residents and visitors with a wide variety of concerns and problems.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED recognized by the Maryland Board of Education
  • 21 years of age at the time of academy graduation
  • Valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • United States Citizen

Medical Requirements

  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with the ability to recognize basic colors

Candidates must successfully complete a written examination, physical abilities test, structured interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, medical examination, and psychological evaluation.

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Public Safety Aide

Public Safety Aides are utilized as civilian support staff within the Patrol and Support Services Division.  Generally, Public Safety Aides are deployed in the areas of arrest and detention, parking enforcement, or support to patrol operations. 

Public Safety Aides assigned to arrest and detention are responsible for processing and custody of detainees, safety and security of the Public Safety facility, interaction with the general public and the courts.

Public Safety Aides assigned to parking enforcement duties address Town parking regulations to include issuing citations for prohibited parking and meter violations as well as vehicle tows from public streets.

Public Safety Aides assigned to patrol operations handle traffic control, public safety needs at special events, and the enforcement of civil violations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED recognized by the Maryland Board of Education or able to produce such by June 1 of the year of employment
  • 17 ½ years of age at the time of employment
  • Valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • United States Citizen

Medical Requirements

  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with the ability to recognize basic colors
Candidates must successfully complete a written examination, structured interview, background investigation, medical examination. Public Safety Aide positions are available for both full-time and seasonal employment

 

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Police Officer

The Ocean City Police Department is actively seeking qualified candidates for the position of police officer.  Applicants selected to a position of police officer will attend a 960 hour Entrance Level Police Officer Training Academy held at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy located on the campus of Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland.

After successful completion of all classroom requirements, candidates will participate in a nine (9) week Field Training and Evaluation Program conducted by the Ocean City Police Department.  Successful candidates will then receive a police certification from the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Academies (M.P.C.T.C.).

Salary and Benefits

  • $ 40,304.00 starting salary
  • Step increments with acceptable performance appraisals
  • Specialty pay available
  • Shift differential pay
  • Overtime for court appearances and special detail assignments
  • Paid holidays, accrued sick, annual, and compensatory leave
  • All uniforms furnished to include cleaning and alterations
  • All duty gear and equipment furnished to include shoes and boots
  • Eligibility for “Take Home Car Program” (SPP) after the completion of a probation period and adherence to residency requirements
  • Eligibility for promotion after three (3) years of employment
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan/Deferred Compensation Plan/Credit Union
  • Paid military leave for training purposes
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance/Prescription Drug Plan
  • Tuition assistance for continuing education
  • Extensive in-service training and specialized career opportunities
  • Four (4) day work week for patrol officer (10 hour work days)

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED recognized by the Maryland Board of Education
  • 21 years of age at the time of employment
  • Valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • United States Citizenship  

 

Medical Requirements

  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with the ability to recognize basic colors

Candidates must successfully complete a written examination, physical abilities test, structured interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, medical examination, and psychological evaluation.

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Lateral Police Officer

The Ocean City Police Department is actively seeking Maryland certified police officers and out-of-state certified police officers who are willing to make a lateral change to Ocean City, Maryland.

As a Maryland certified lateral entry candidate you will attend a four (4) week orientation conducted by the Ocean City Police Department that includes firearms training/qualification, defensive tactics training, Town ordinance training, policy review, and field training.

As an out-of-state certified lateral entry candidate you will attend a 330 hour comparative compliance academy at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (E.S.C.J.A.) in Salisbury, Maryland. After completion of this training, you will participate in a nine (9) week Field Training and Evaluation Program conducted by the Ocean City Police Department.

Lateral entry officer will be subject to the same process as other police officer applicants. Processing of the applicant will include a written examination, physical abilities test, oral interview, background investigation, physical examination, and psychological evaluation.

Salary & Benefits

  • $ 40,304.00 to $ 44,436.00 depending on years of experience
  • Step increments with acceptable performance appraisals
  • Specialty pay available
  • Shift differential pay
  • Overtime for court appearances and special detail assignments
  • Paid holidays, accrued sick, annual, and compensatory leave
  • All uniforms furnished to include cleaning and alterations
  • All duty gear and equipment furnished to include shoes and boots
  • Eligibility for “Take Home Car Program” (SPP) after the completion of a probation period and adherence to residency requirements
  • Eligibility for promotion after two (2) years of employment
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan/Deferred Compensation Plan/Credit Union
  • Paid military leave for training purposes
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance/Prescription Drug Plan
  • Tuition assistance for continuing education
  • Extensive in-service training and specialized career opportunities
  • Four (4) day work week for patrol officer (10 hour work days)

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED recognized by the Maryland Board of Education
  • 21 years of age at the time of employment
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • United States Citizen

Medical Requirements

  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with the ability to recognize basic colors

Candidates must successfully complete a written examination, physical abilities test, structured interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, medical examination, and psychological evaluation.

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Testing Dates

Testing for the Ocean City Police Department

The Ocean City Police Department is now testing for full-time and seasonal police officers to fill current vacancies and seasonal opportunities for the 2015 summer season. 

Written Test:

The written examination measures the basic skills necessary to perform successfully as a police officer or a public safety aide. The examination is divided into four separately timed sections which measure mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar and incident report writing skills. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 70% to advance in selection process.

Physical Abilities Test:

One must provide a physician’s endorsement on the day of the test to participate in the physical abilities test. Please open the “Physician Statement” which is located beneath "Testing Dates for the 2015 Season" below and have your physician complete the form for your submission on the test day.

A “Fitness Test Guide” is also located under the Employment folder to acquaint applicants with the three part test.

Applicants who are successful completing the test activities on the first day will be invited to an oral interview the following day to be held at the Public Safety Building located at 6501 Coastal Highway. Details regarding the oral interview will be given to successful candidates at the conclusion of their written and physical abilities tests.

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Testing Dates For The 2015 Season

The Ocean City Police Department will be holding several test dates for interested candidates applying for seasonal and full time Police Officers and Public Safety Aides.  Successful candidates will remain on the eligibility list for 18 months.

The written test and physical abilities test will be administered on the first day.  Applicants must arrive at the test site between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.  They must have their completed application and a driver’s license.  Police Officer applicants must also have their physician’s waiver.

Saturday’s testing will take place at the Ocean City Elementary School, 12828 Center Drive, Ocean City, MD 21842.

Sunday’s interviews will take place at the Ocean City Police Department, 6501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842.  

September 27 & 28, 2014
October 18 & 19, 2014
November 15 & 16, 2014
December 13 & 14, 2014
January 3 & 4, 2015
January 24 & 25, 2015
February 14 & 15, 2015

Public Safety Aide applicants will take the written test and oral interview only on the first day and will not need a physician's waiver.


Downloadable Application Packet

      Application

      Physician’s waiver

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Physical Abilities Test

Ocean City Police Department Agility Testing

Event #1: 220 Yard Shuttle Run

(Simulates the foot pursuit of an individual)

The run is structured in four (4) legs of fifty-five (55) yards each for a total of two hundred twenty (220) yards.

The course must be completed in forty-seven (47) seconds or less.

Event #2: Obstacle Course
(Simulates pursuing a fleeing suspect around various obstacles)

The participant will:

Run around seven (7) traffic cones

Sprint to and traverse a set of stairs

Sprint to and cross over a low hurdle

Run across six (6) four (4) inch posts

Sprint to and jump/climb over a four (4) foot barrier

Run to the finish line while dodging five (5) traffic cones

The course must be completed in forty-two (42) seconds or less

Event #3: Body Drag
(Simulates the Emergency Rescue of an injured person)

The participant will:

Drag/lift/carry/pull a one hundred fifty (150) pound dummy a distance of
forty (40) feet on a resistant surface. The task must be completed in twenty (20) seconds or less.

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Test Preparedness


As is customary when beginning any fitness program, candidates should consult with their doctors to ensure they are healthy enough to start training.

To prepare for the physical fitness test, candidates should ensure they do not “jump into” a routine, especially if they have not worked out in a while. Candidates are advised to begin their programs slowly to assess their baseline level of fitness. From that point, candidates are recommended to practice the individual tests and build on their scores. Repetition is key to increasing their performance on the tasks at hand.

Again, it is not recommended that candidates begin the program and push themselves too hard. Injuries frequently occur this way. Take time at the beginning of your fitness program and build up to test day.

Each individual candidate should develop his or her own work out routine. Fitness professionals are a great resource to customize a program that will work for you.

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Selection Process

All applicants for the position of Seasonal Police Officer must compete in a testing process identical to full-time police applicants.  Candidates who are successful in the testing process must complete an in-depth personal history questionnaire and successfully complete all aspects of the background investigation which will include:

Military/Educational Experience

Credit History

Employment History

Driving History

Criminal History

Drug Usage

Personal and Neighborhood References

Psychological Evaluation

Polygraph Examination

Physical/Drug Screening

*All employees must comply with department appearance standards which include the prohibition of visible tattoos and visible body mutilation.

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Training Program

Ocean City Police Department

Applicants who successfully complete the selection process and are offered employment as a seasonal police officer will attend a structured and demanding 200 hour training program completed in four weeks. Seasonal Recruit Police Officers will receive law enforcement training in numerous topics to include:

Policy and Procedure

Ethics in law Enforcement

Firearms

Defensive Tactics

Use of Force

Defensive Driving

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Traffic Law

Laws of Arrest

Drug Identification and Enforcement

Practical applications through scenario training

Field Training Program

Seasonal Recruit Police Officers who successfully complete the training program will graduate and be sworn in as Ocean City Seasonal Police Officers.  Seasonal Police Officers are assigned to one of six shifts attached to the Patrol Division.  Seasonal Police Officers who have an acceptable evaluation at the conclusion of their employment are given priority consideration for any full-time openings for police officers.

Many of the Seasonal Police Officers go on to successful careers in law enforcement with federal, state, county, and municipal governments.

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Seasonal Employee Start Dates

SEASONAL POLICE OFFICER
To Be Announced

SEASONAL PUBLIC SAFETY AIDE
To Be Announced

 

Seasonal Pay Rates

Seasonal Police Officer: $13.26 per hour
Seasonal Public Safety Aide: $11.06 per hour

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Ocean City Police Honor Guard

Interested?  What Do I Do Now?

    Select a testing date

    Make a reservation – pdtrain@oceancitymd.gov or 410-723-6612

    Download and complete application and physician’s waiver

    Bring these documents and a photo ID to the testing center

    Do NOT mail your application ahead of time

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What to Expect During the Testing Weekend

Plan to arrive between 7:00 and 8:00 am Saturday morning.  The doors will be locked at 8:00.  All documents must be completed and presented at check-in.

All applicants will take a written test.  All applicants will complete a preliminary background screening.

Any applicants that do not pass either of these stages will be dismissed.

Police Officer candidates will then complete a physical abilities test.  If they complete that successfully, they will be scheduled for an oral interview on Sunday.

Public Safety Aide candidates will participate in an oral interview after successfully completing the written test and preliminary background screening.  This will conclude their testing process.

Police Officer candidates should wear gym clothes on Saturday and business attire on Sunday.  Public Safety Aide candidates should wear business attire on Saturday.

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FAQS

Q. Is there a cost to take the test?

A. No. There is no cost to take the test.

Q. Will this seasonal job qualify for my college internship?

A. We cooperate fully with colleges and universities to help satisfy your internship requirements.

Q. Are there any hotels that offer a discount for applicant testing?

A. We have discounted rate codes for some of the test dates.  Contact the Training & Recruiting Section for more information.

Q. If I have a police certification in another state, will that count as a lateral transfer?

A. In some cases. That determination is made by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.  They will evaluate your training curriculum and make the determination if you qualify as a lateral.

Q. I am in a military reserve unit and I will have weekend drill obligations.  Will this keep me from getting the job?

A. No. We honor all military obligations.

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Still Have Questions
or Want to Make a Reservation?

Contact the OCPD Training & Recruiting Section:

pdtrain@oceancitymd.gov
410-723-6612


 

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