Hours and Location
The Ocean Pines Police Department held a special departmental meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Ocean Pines Community Center to honor the outstanding and exemplary efforts put forth by members of the police agency. Read more, click here.
Photo credit: L-R Ocean Pines Chief Dave Massey, Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey and award recipients.
Ocean Pines has a state certified, full-service police agency that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department protects life and property, preserves the peace, and enforces all state and county laws, including traffic laws, in a fair and impartial manner. All sworn officers attend 23 weeks of intensive police training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in Salisbury, Maryland. Upon graduation, all officers are certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission.
The Police Dept. has an effective bicycle patrol program. Officers participating in the program are certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association cyclist program. The Police Dept. sponsors a bicycle safety program for youngsters, which provides a free bike safety helmet for all participants.
The Ocean Pines Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer on its year round force. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, be a U.S. citizen, possess a high school diploma or GED, and have vision correctable to 20/20. Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record and have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, moral turpitude or domestic violence. A post-offer physical exam and drug test shall be required.
Starting salary is $41,000 for non-certified applicants, but shall be adjusted for applicants who are currently certified as police officers in the State of Maryland. There is an excellent fringe benefit package, including night differential pay, health insurance, 401K retirement plan, plus personal and sick leave.
To obtain an application or additional information concerning this position, contact the Ocean Pines Police Department at 410-641-7747 or request an application from their website at www.oceanpines.org Applications may also be picked up in person at the Ocean Pines Police Department located 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811.
Pets must be kept under the owner’s control at all times. Also, please pick up after your pets. All dogs found running at large by the Police Dept. will be impounded and their owners shall be subject to a service charge. Dogs not claimed at the Police Dept. within three days of impoundment are sent to the Worcester County Animal Control Center located in Snow Hill, Maryland. Worcester County Animal Control is the primary responder to animal calls for service. The telephone number is 410-632-1340 weekdays only. Worcester County mandates that all dogs off of private property in Ocean Pines must be on leashes or the owner is subject to a fine under County Ordinance.
The Police Dept. works closely with the Ocean Pines Architectural Review Committee and Worcester County to assure that abandoned autos do not accumulate within the community.
Vacant House Checks
If you are going to be away from your home for more than 30 days, stop by the Police Dept. to request that your house is placed on the vacant house check list.
Ocean Pines has an active Neighborhood Watch program that supplements the Police Dept.’s crime prevention efforts. If you desire to participate in this worthwhile program, please contact the Chief of Police for further information.
Buzzards & Vultures
Ocean Pines is home to a number of federally protected buzzards and vultures. Any complaints regarding these birds should be forwarded to the Department of Natural Resources Police at 410-548-7070. The OP Police Dept. no longer offers this service. Please note that it is illegal for any non-licensed individual to harm these birds.
Traffic Rules & Regulations
The speed limit on Ocean Parkway is 35 M.P.H. and all other streets are 25 M.P.H. For safety purposes, please use your headlights when driving in Ocean Pines at all hours. All police officers are radar certified and routinely operate radar to enforce the posted speed limits.
Please do not park along the streets in Ocean Pines. Except for unusual circumstances, vehicles should be parked only on private property. No truck over one ton should be parked overnight in Ocean Pines unless it is in an enclosed garage.
For your safety, ride as close to the right-hand side of the road as practical. Do not ride more than two abreast. When using a bicycle at night, equip it with a lamp on the front and a red or amber reflector on the rear. Bicycles are not permitted on the golf course. All cyclists must ride with traffic. Be safe and wear a helmet whenever bicycling.
BICYCLE SAFETY BOOKLET
Walking, Jogging and Skating
For your safety, stay on the left-hand side of the road, facing traffic. Do not walk, jog or skate more than two abreast. At night, carry a light and/or wear reflective or white clothing.
Please be considerate of your neighbors. Loud noises, including those made by barking dogs, should be avoided, particularly between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Email an Anonymous Tip
The Ocean Pines Police Department understands a citizen’s reluctance to get involved when they observe or suspect a crime. If you believe you have information about criminal activity and would like to report it anonymously, please leave us an email. All information provided will be strictly confidential and forwarded to the appropriate personnel. Email: Police@oceanpines.org
Residence Checks is a free service provided by the Ocean Pines Police Department on a weekly basis, whenever possible, for residences which will be vacant for 30 days or longer.
Please fill out the appropriate form, in person, at the Ocean Pines Police Department prior to your departure with a definite return date listed. Your request form will be terminated upon your return or on the return date shown on the form. The request forms may be obtained from the Ocean Pines Police Department at any time or downloaded below.
Operation Drug Box
Unused medications, if not properly disposed of, can find their way into the community, posing a health threat to families, especially small children who often ingest medications mistaking them for candy. Unused medications also pose a safety threat to the community if narcotic, or controlled prescriptions, find their way into the wrong hands. This project is sponsored by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and funded by the Ocean City Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Program. Properly-disposed medications keep our communities safe and our waterways healthy. For more information visit www.actforbays.org.
The Ocean Pines permanent drug drop box is located in the front lobby of the Ocean Pines Police Department (239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD ) available to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For info, call 410.641.7747 / email Police@oceanpines.org.