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Labor Day keeps police busy, less calls than other holidays

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 07, 2017

With Maryland schools starting after Labor Day, thousands of visitors came to Ocean City for the last weekend in summer and kept resort police busy.

From Friday to Monday, Ocean City Police logged 1,369 calls for service, up 18 percent from 2016, when Tropical Storm Hermine hit the city and school had gone back into session in most counties. That weekend saw 1,152 calls for service.

Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said despite the spike in calls, it was another day at the office for the department.

“There were few, if any, criminal incidents and no serious traffic collisions,” she said.

In the first year with school after Labor Day in decades, the weekend saw less police activity than the norm for Ocean City’s other summer holidays. Fourth of July had 3,279 calls for service since visitors made it a four-day weekend, and Memorial Day resulted in 2,108 calls to police.

There were 51 arrests over the Labor Day weekend, which is a sharp increase from last year’s 30 arrests.

Breaking down the total arrests, one was drug related, one was weapons related and eight were driving under the influence.

By comparison, arrest totals for both Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July dwarfed those for Labor Day this year. Memorial Day weekend saw 94 arrests, with eight drug arrests, two weapons charges and 10 DUIs. Fourth of July had 101 arrests, including 10 on drug charges, nine on weapons possession and seven for DUI.

Ocean City Police last weekend also responded to 972 officer-initiated actions and 397 citizen complaints.

For Labor Day weekend 2016, 725 officer-initiated responses occurred versus 427 citizen calls for service.

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