Ocean City Police Sergeant Retires After 22 Years of Service
OCEAN CITY, MD – (March 2, 2021): After 22 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ocean City, Sergeant Freddie Howard retired on February 28, 2021, from the Ocean City Police Department. Sgt. Howard served as a seasonal police officer for three years before becoming a full-time police officer with Hurlock Police Department in 1997. Sgt. Howard returned to OCPD as a full-time police officer in August of 1999.
During his career, Sgt. Howard has served in multiple units. Sgt. Howard has been assigned to patrol, worked as a k-9 handler, domestic violence investigator, and police recruitment member. In 2002, Sgt. Howard received the Excellent Police Performance Award for assisting in the arrest and conviction of a violent rapist who was suspected of a series of rapes in Maryland and Delaware. The following year, Sgt. Howard received the Meritorious Service Award and the Worcester County Commissioners Award for his involvement in the apprehension and prosecution of two suspects convicted for their involvement in a double homicide, commonly known as the Sifrit case. In 2005, Sgt. Howard was named the Neighborhood Watch Police Officer of the Year. In 2018, Sgt Howard received the Excellent Police Performance Award for his participation in the arrest and investigation of a commercial burglary suspect, who was also discovered, during the investigation, to have been conducting a marijuana grow operation out of his residence for which he was also prosecuted. Sgt. Howard was dedicated to his work and served the Ocean City community to his fullest extent.
After his retirement, Sgt. Howard will begin his next career journey in the insurance world. Besides, being a licensed insurance claims adjuster, Sgt. Howard plans to commence legal studies with a focus on Corporate Compliance/Civil/Personal Liability in the insurance industry. Most importantly, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
“I can, with all sincerity, say that it has been an honor and a privilege to have been able to honorably serve the Ocean City community during my career with the Ocean City Police Department. I thank the Town of the Ocean City Family for sharing and enhancing what has been at times a challenging but rewarding career journey.”