Worcester Sheriff: ‘We’re Going To Be Very Proactive’; Agencies Prepared For Unsanctioned Event

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OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department and allied law enforcement agencies all over Worcester County are bracing for an unsanctioned event, rather ominously called “College Takeover Beach Week” next week, which will likely draw several thousand college-aged individuals to the resort area.

The active word in the event’s title is “takeover” and that’s exactly what the same group did in Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach, for example in recent years. In April 2013, the event in Virginia Beach resulted in crowds estimated at 40,000 to 50,000 college-aged individuals invading the town’s Oceanfront area.

According to reports, the big crowds roamed the streets, disrupted traffic and businesses and generally scared local residents and other visitors to the town. Perhaps more importantly, the event included several significant crimes including three shootings, multiple stabbings and other serious crimes all in the span of about four hours.

The same event is scheduled to arrive in Ocean City next week from June 5-8. It is important to note the event is not sanctioned by the Town of Ocean City, nor did city officials seek out “College Takeover Beach Week.” Nonetheless, the group is coming and the event has been promoted extensively in social network media outlets and on college campus websites and blogs. In short, the OCPD and allied law enforcement agencies, including the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, know the group is coming and are taking a proactive, all hands on deck approach.

After the 2013 disaster in Virginia Beach, city leaders and the town’s police department took a proactive approach when the event returned in April with decidedly different results. Virginia Beach officials in April attempted to embrace the influx of visitors rather than take a combative stance and urged local businesses to stay open and welcome the group with a strong police presence on hand. The result was a much calmer event with few if any reports of significant crimes.

Local law enforcement agencies here are taking a similar stance for the event next week in Ocean City.

“There is an unsanctioned event, ‘College Takeover Beach Week,’ taking place in town the first weekend in June,” said OCPD spokesperson Lindsay O’Neal last week. “We’ve addressed the event in our Police Commission meetings, been in contact with our business community and have a very proactive strategic plan for enforcement during that weekend.”

Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason said this week his agency has been working closely with the OCPD and other law enforcement agencies to ensure a smooth weekend in the resort and beyond, including West Ocean City.

“I want them to come in here and have a great time, but we’re not going to tolerate any of the stuff we saw with this group in Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach a couple of years ago,” he said. “Myrtle Beach actually had to shut down because of this. If they obey the laws and behave themselves, we won’t have any problems, but we’re going to be very proactive and we’re going to be ready.”

Mason said his agency is preparing to utilize all of its resources next weekend to help ensure the serious incidents in Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach, for example, are not duplicated here.

“We’re going to have a heavy presence in Ocean City and in West Ocean City,” he said. “We’re going to have officers on horseback and we’re going to bring our four-wheelers in to patrol the beaches. We’re going to have officers patrolling the outlets in West Ocean City and we’re going to be all over the place.”

The sheriff said he is planning to utilize every able body during the event.

“I’ve canceled all leave for all of our people,” he said. “We’re bringing in our volunteers and our school patrol officers and part-timers. Again, we want them to come and have a great time, but we also want our residents and visitors to feel safe and go out shopping and enjoying the restaurants like they always do.”

Mason said he has had extensive meetings with Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro in the run-up to the event next weekend to ensure everybody is on the same page.

“We’re working closely with our allied law enforcement agencies,” he said. “We have five great chiefs of police in this county and a great State’s Attorney’s Office, and we’re all working together on this to ensure we don’t have the same problems they saw in other communities.”

O’Neal said last week the OCPD and the town of Ocean City are well aware of the event and some of the problems it could present, but vowed to have the manpower and resources on hand to handle it.

“We will also be assisted by allied agencies during the event,” she said. “We want all of our residents and visitors to know that their safety, as always, is our top priority. Rest assured that the OCPD is well prepared for the influx of visitors that we will see that weekend.”

 

25 comments on “Worcester Sheriff: ‘We’re Going To Be Very Proactive’; Agencies Prepared For Unsanctioned Event

  1. Zero tolerance. Enforce every law and monitor those new cameras on the boardwalk. If they are allowed to overwhelm the town then this event will grow in popularity every year and become a permanent event. Close down any street or boardwalk area that gets too overwhelmed with crowds. Treat it like its July 4th and monitor traffic coming into and out of downtown. And use license tag readers heavily. This crowd is notorious for expired tags, driving suspended, expired registration according to the myrtle and va beach police.

  2. Were blessed here with advantages in geography. Being an island, there are few access points! This crowd will get jammed up quick in OC and WOC if they get out of line like in past years. The’d be better off to come enjoy OC but avoid messin up. They will be stranded and held accountable if they dont! Not only will our law enforcement be watching, but all the locals who have their backs with cell phones, cameras, and a quick draw to call ….. And report bad behavior.

    • I really like your comment about locals being around and helpful. I plan to be there, with my camera ready; I’ll give witness statements and show up in court if needed. If the locals are readily available and helpful citizens, word will get out that OC isn’t the place to come cause trouble/break the laws. I love going to OC, and would like to see the bars and alcohol cut way back. I think it can be a family resort, but we need to work on it. Bad behavior in society is epidemic, but we can have expectations and limits.

      • Yea right…..OC is such the epitome of moral standards . Laughable !
        ( The powers that be should pass out bottles of Jack to everyone coming over the bridge…because , that IS how OC rolls ! The place is ALL about the booze and the cash from the same. LOL ! )

  3. When they see how this such a tight knit “Family” resort where it is hard to even find a bar to get a drink they will leave before Saturday morning. They will head for the “Party” towns of Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach!!!

  4. The Freeman Stage in West Fenwick Island would be an excellent place to hold a multi cultural beach event. Perhaps the Freeman group would be interested.

  5. DO YOU THINK THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING WITH THESE DATES.EVERY HIGHSCHOOL GRADUATE IN MARYLAND IS GOING NEXT WEEK.MY DAUGHTER IS TAKING HER LADY S/W 38 WITH PINK PACKMAYR GRIPS AND ALL THE OTHER FREDERICK COUNTY GIRLS ARE TOO.THEY BETTER BEHAVE

  6. Ahhh Ocean City, used to be such a nice place….. now its turning into a place where the ghetto rats of Bmore can come down and cause a ruckus…. have fun with that!

    • Oh…yer so brilliant! I’m sure you are a real asset to society…are you a doctor? A great teacher? Tell us how YOU are building the great society you sound so keen to defend!?

    • The rats of Bmore? where do YOU think most of OC vacationers come from? I happen to be a parent of 2 kids going there for LAX tournaments. We spend money to eat, sleep, get our fishers popcorn, boardwalk fries and taffy. As my old mother in law says “you may want to remember where your bread is buttered!”

      I agree with Rob!

  7. Family resort where it is hard to find a bar for a drink…..i see what you did there ~ sometimes a little icebreaking humor can help.

    Although this go around we may need truckloads of humor to get through the month of June.

    Whoa Nelly!!!

    ~BUSHMAN!~

    • ~BUSHMAN~ ……… You ARE spot on ! All of this is nothing new. Society at large is always reflected in OC…….Trends come and trends go . OC sees it all…..why many people “feel” that OC should somehow be excluded from the dregs of society is an elusive idea to me, simply because…this is a resort town. And as such, caters to that elusive dollar wherever it may see it. The cat was let out of the bag years ago ; and besides , with such a willingness to cater to the alcohol-fueled sensibilities which prevail and take a front row seat to EVERYTHING in this town , why citizens detest any group is beyond me . OC is a party town , not a church or temple town , regardless of how many try to portray that idea. So fasten your seatbelts , and watch the sanctioned mayhem from the sidelines . Meanwhile….Maryland’s biggest source of sales tax (OC) continues to cha-ching cha-ching all the way to the bank….Because that is OC…all about the cha-ching cha-ching. Nothing new really .

  8. This could easily turn into an out of control situation since Ocean City has more clubs/bars per square yard than Virginia Beach. This event has nothing to do with “college age” individuals ~ if you look at the promoters facebook page (Party Headz DC) you will see that the events prior to “Beach Takeover” are in NYC, and many are in establishments for the over 21 crowd; I doubt many of the participants are just finishing up their semester. Most of the events promoted by this “entity” are definitely for the 21 and older crowd, making Ocean City a prime location for a “perfect storm”.

  9. Disgusting propaganda. The media is one of the most powerful tools for mind control and this worthless article is proof. All this fear mongering is devils propaganda. We are treating young American teenagers and adults as if they should not enjoy the beach like everyone else does. Get with the times, stop fear mongering!

    • Fear mongering and rumor mongering , both ! !
      Why does OC think that it is so special anyway ?? OC really ain’t all that . Get over yourself Ocean City .

    • Geez, did you miss your voodoo cleansing last week? It clearly says come here but dont be an asshole. It isnt stating that all college age adults are here for trouble. It only takes a small handful to ruin it. When you have 30,000 of young adults, statistics states there will be an increase in number of assholes.

  10. The worst days have yet to come for O.C. The “Family Resort” days of yesteryear are long gone…just a faded memory.

    In recent years every time a retail or non-alcoholic businesses closes shop, bars polluted with a bunch of immoral drunks are increasingly taking their places. O.C. is blanketed with more bars than ever before, which will attract more & more partying drunks as each year passes while families who “once upon a time” vacationed here will magically disappear.

  11. Stepping back for a sec….20-40K folks having more than a good time compared to this coming July 4th weekend (Friday/Sat/Sun) with 300K in town. Hmmm, ORSA’s out there (gov’t stat folks for those not in the know), which number is bigger….300K or 20-40K?? This coming weekend ~ our OC LEO’s will work through the challenges as they always do!

    Missed Ravens weekend, had the opp to take in the LPGA event in AC Saturday and the NASCAR event in Dover Sunday. Both were stress FREE (not packed like each OC weekend from now until end Sept) and the energy windmills that AC has on their bayside were interesting. Don’t think that concept would work on our bayside ~ but it was an interesting site to see!

    June Bug alert – June Bug alert!!!!

    ~BUSHMAN!~

  12. Yikes…here we go! Such a lovely weekend this past weekend. Soooo quiet in the OC! Hardly any traffic uptown. We actually slept with our windows open! I hope this so called Beach Week doesn’t wreak havoc or tragedy. Local young folks look out…there will be plenty of profiling by OCPD…I know, nothing unusual about that, but it will be more prolific this coming week as they attempt to control the crowd. Giddy up!

  13. yes, it seems that saying “black” is taboo. that aside, why is it that when groups of blacks meet there is many times unruly behavior? can’t they react like others and just behave? the news reports that Baltimore’s glitzy inner harbor is experiencing the same problems. the “june bugs” of years past were tame by comparison.

  14. There is a bigger problem than just this one week in OC. The city has turned into a vacation spot for fat loud mouth rednecks from PA and DE and gangsters from Baltimore. All you have to do is look at the crowd on the boardwalk or at the restaurants on any given day. They need to clamp down on the type of people visiting that dont contribute to the family enviornment. Better yet stop catering to them and they will stop comming! Increase prices to where they just cant afford to sleep and eat and this will draw in a much classier crowd!

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