Ocean City Today

Longer holiday shows more police activity in Ocean City

Calls for service up this year by 25 percent, more arrests made compared to 2016
By Katie Tabeling | Jul 06, 2017

(July 7, 2017) With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday, thousands of visitors decided to make it a four-day weekend in Ocean City this year, causing a spike in police activity for the period.

From Saturday to Tuesday, Ocean City Police documented 3,279 calls for service, up 26 percent from 2016, when the holiday fell on a Monday. Last year, 2,588 recorded calls for service were made, which was 12 percent increase from 2015, when Fourth of July was on Sunday.

Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said despite the call volume, it was business as usual for the department.

“Overall, it was a very safe weekend throughout Ocean City with very few serious criminal incidents,” she said.

With the extended weekend, 101 arrests were made, which puts it slightly above last year’s 98 arrests and 97 arrests the year before that.

The year’s arrests included 10 on drug charges, nine on weapons possession and seven for DUI.

Police activity related to illegal behavior dwarfed citizen complaints this year, with 2,527 responses recorded for the former and 752 calls for the latter.

In 2016, 1,745 officer-initiated responses occurred versus 843 citizen calls for service.

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