Officers were formally recognized as certified police officers of the Ocean City Police Department, after 24 weeks (942 hours) of intense training. The recruit class was comprised of various law enforcement agencies from all over Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These officers continued the long established tradition of OCPD officers by graduating from the police academy with top honors.
Each of the four OCPD officers finished in the top four performance standings of the class as follows:
- OFC Adam Lapinski – Pistol Expert
- OFC Joseph Laughlin – Pistol Expert
- OFC Xeniya Patterson – Physical Fitness Award
- OFC Matthew Zimmerman – Academy Class Leader, Leadership Award, Pistol Expert, Physical Fitness Award
After their graduation from the police academy, the four new officers will enter into a nine week field training program. During this time they will hone the skills they have acquired in the police academy under the direct supervision of a veteran OCPD field training officer. They will be routinely evaluated and critiqued on their performance and judgment and will be exposed to the various shifts and divisions that make up the OCPD.