Following a 25-year low in serious crime in 2015, the OCPD experienced an average decrease of 14 percent in 2016 from the previous five years, and a six percent decrease from 2015 in serious criminal offenses. The report indicates that there were significant decreases in aggravated assaults and thefts.
In addition to a drop in serious crime, the resort also experienced a 10.6 percent decrease in total calls for service, a tell-tale sign that officers and citizens alike are seeing less issues throughout Ocean City. There was also a nearly 18 percent decrease in arrests made by officers, including a nearly 42 percent decrease in drunk driving arrests.
“The continued drop in crime rates is a true testament to the hard work of the men and women of this department,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Our personnel work extremely hard every single day to ensure the safety of the residents and visitors of Ocean City, and the statistics and accomplishments highlighted in this report prove that to be true.”
To view the entire 2016 Annual Report, visit www.oceancitymd.gov/police.