Crime Prevention

Are you going on vacation for a week or two? Do you own a second home in Ocean City that is currently unoccupied? Let us know and we will check on it up to five times per week while you’re away. The Residential Security Check program is completely free and gives citizens that leave their homes peace of mind while they are away. Simply contact the OCPD at 410-520-5395 or fill out the Residential Security Check form to sign up. Employees will ask a series of questions so that any officer that completes the check will know what to look for at the residence.

The Ocean City Police Department offers a free bicycle registration program for all residents of Ocean City. Citizens that own bicycles are encourage to register their bicycles as a deterrent to crime and to promote safety and accountability of these valuable items. Each year, OCPD officers locate numerous abandoned bicycles and bring them to the Public Safety Building for safe keeping. If the bicycle is registered, officers will quickly return the bicycle to its registered owner. You will receive a small decal to affix to the bicycle frame.

To sign up, complete our registration form below.

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NOTE: If you would like to register more than TWO (2) bicycles, please complete an additional registration form.

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The Citizens Police Academy is a ten week course that meets one night a week and enables the average citizen to learn more about nearly every facet of the OCPD. During this course, students are joined each night by OCPD officers who discuss issues such as criminal law, traffic enforcement, crime scene processing, firearms, narcotics enforcement and many more.

The Citizens Police Academy begins each September. Applicants must be 18 years of age. Click here to download an application.

In an effort to prevent crimes in our neighborhoods by promoting a sense of community familiarity among neighbors, many Ocean City neighborhoods have established Neighborhood Watch groups. Neighborhood Watch is an effective and inexpensive way to prevent crime and reduce fear in communities. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies and improves relations between police and the community they serve.

Neighborhood Watch groups are currently established in the following neighborhoods: Bayshore Drive area, Boardwalk, Caine Woods, Caine Keys II, Edgewater Avenue area, Little Salisbury, Montego Bay and Sundowner Park. If you live in these areas and are interested in getting involved, contact us at 410-520-5395 and we will put you in contact with your area coordinator.

The R.A.A.M. program is an initiative designed to address underage drinking and the unacceptable behavior often associated with underage drinking. An essential component of the R.A.A.M. program is the great partnership that has been formed with the Ocean City business community. Without their help, this program would not be successful.

Each spring, OCPD officers’ conduct training presentations for area restaurant and alcohol beverage sales employees. Area employees are given tips to successfully spot a false ID to prevent selling alcohol to minors. Other components of the R.A.A.M. program are high school presentations, compliance checks and visits to area bars, restaurants and liquor establishments.

For more information about the R.A.A.M. program, contact Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard at 410-520-5395 or [email protected].