OCEAN CITY – Officials with the Ocean City Police Department continue to address the seasonal officer recruitment shortage facing the town, citing weather as a main reason many candidates failed to attend recent testing dates.
In a Police Commission meeting Monday, Police Chief Ross Buzzuro told committee members that inclement weather – including the recent storm that left nearly a foot of snow in its wake – hindered many seasonal police candidates from attending testing opportunities, but added that he holds hope for this season’s last examination on Saturday and Sunday.
“I believe the weather is going to be mild this upcoming weekend,” Buzzuro said. “So we should be pretty good.”
Although the department is behind by 14 percent in the recruitment process, Buzzuro said the quality of candidates surpasses the quantity.
“The applicants that are moving through the applicant process seem to be more qualified and we are moving toward hiring what seems like more than last year at this time,” Buzzuro said.