OCEAN CITY, MD – (March 20, 2018): After 35 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ocean City, Captain Kevin Kirstein will retire on March 31 from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD). Captain Kirstein began his career with the OCPD as a seasonal police officer in 1980 and then was hired as a full-time police officer in 1983. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1988, Lieutenant in 1991, and Captain in 2004.
Since being appointed to the rank of Captain, he has served as the Commander of each division in the OCPD, including Patrol, Criminal Investigation, and Support Services. In addition, he served as the Acting Chief of Police in the winter of 2013.
Captain Kirstein received a tremendous amount of training throughout his career. Most notably, in 1998 he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, an elite law enforcement leadership academy. Captain Kirstein received several awards throughout his career including a Bronze Star and numerous commendations. In addition, he was assigned to the New York Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management Incident Command Post after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.
“Captain Kirstein has been an instrumental member of the department throughout his career,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “His dedication to public service is evident in all that he does and his presence will be greatly missed.”
After his retirement, Captain Kirstein plans to continue to train public safety professionals throughout the world for the Department of Homeland Security and travel in his RV with his wife, Connie.
“I have been blessed with a long and successful career where I have worked for and with exceptionally talented public servants,” said Captain Kirstein. “Traveling throughout the public safety community I am constantly reminded of the outstanding caliber of professionals and volunteers who serve the residents and visitors of Ocean City. Mark Twain was speaking of my Ocean City career when he said, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ Thank you to my community for allowing me the privilege to serve for over 35 years.”