OCEAN CITY – With the start of the summer season weeks away, officials with the Ocean City Police Department said they are optimistic about this year’s recruitment efforts.
On Monday, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro presented the town’s police commission with an update on seasonal recruitment efforts for police officers and public safety aides.
“We are pretty optimistic we will have hired a full complement of seasonal officers and public safety aides for 2019,” he said.
To date, the police department has hired 16 returning seasonal police officers and 44 new seasonal police officer. The department has also hired 21 returning public safety aides and 59 new public safety aides.
“In total, we have 140 seasonal personnel to date for the summer season,” he said. “We still have, on the officer side, more to process. Hopefully, we’ll get even more hires than that.”
Buzzuro said the department has budgeted for 146 seasonal officers and public safety aides and is close to meeting that desired goal.
But he noted the growing challenges of finding qualified candidates who could meet the department’s requirements.
“It’s increasingly challenging for us to get to that sign-on-the-dotted-line hire because of the high standards that are set,” he said.
Buzzuro noted seasonal officers will undergo a weeks-long training course before the start of the summer season.
“The academy is about five and a half weeks and they receive about 200-plus hours of training, so we pack a lot in that time,” he said. “We will have them ready for the season right around Memorial Day.”