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Maine Department of Public Safety
January 31, 2014
Sgt. Mikes Edes of Cumberland on his last day with the State Police with his wife Jenny and son Ryan. Mike retired in January following 27 years of service. He patrolled the majority of his career in Troop B, out of Gray, and was promoted to sergeant in 2002. He also served as the President of the Maine State Troopers Association, which is the union that represents troopers.
His fellow union president from the Vermont State Police, Sgt. Mike O’Neil, drove over to honor Edes at his retirement. Joining them in front of a Vermont and Maine cruiser are Trooper Doug Cropper (L) and Trooper Chris Hashey. Trooper Aaron Turcotte succeeds Mike as union president of the MSTA.
The Assistant Director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy has retired. Eric Parker served there for a decade. He previously had retired as a deputy with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.
Maine’s newest police officers have started training at the police academy in Vassalboro. After 18 weeks of study and training, the 52 men and women will graduate on May 23. Serving as cadre for the class are State Police Sgts. Joe Mills and Lucas Hare, Lincoln County Deputy Sgt. Jason Nein, Lewiston Officer Jeremy Somma and Westbrook Officer Jeffrey Parks.
Troopers continue to enforce of the state’s “move over” law. That law requires motorists to slow down and merge into an adjacent lane, if possible, when police officers are stopped along the road with their emergency lights on. The law also applies to fire trucks, ambulances and wreckers. Recently, troopers stopped 20 vehicles along Interstate 95 from Bangor to Old Town for failing to move over. A similar effort was made along Route 26 in South Paris where 17 motorists were stopped. Earlier in the month, Troopers along the turnpike stopped 40 cars as part of a “move over” enforcement effort. The fine for that violation is $311.
Two more State Police dogs will be getting updated protective vests, thanks a Massachusetts charity. The group, Vested Interest in K9s, also donated eight vests in November.
A donation from a family in Maine made the two new vests possible, which will arrive in a few weeks. Lola, a Belgium Malinois sitting by the cruiser, patrols with Trooper Steve Hills in central Maine. Zorro, the German Shepard sitting in the snow, patrols in greater Bangor with Trooper Barry Meserve. All of the State Police’s 18 patrol dogs are equipped with vests.
The Bureau of Highway Safety says highway deaths dropped 12% in the state during 2013. Last year ended with 144 people killed in Maine crashes, compared to 165 deaths in 2012. The most dramatic drop was a 50% decrease in motorcycle deaths in 2013. There were 12 fatal motorcycle crashes in ’13 and 24 deaths the year before.
In Rockland Harbor recently was the State Police Dive Team. The team was conducting cold water training for its newest member, Trooper John Lacoste on the right. Others standing in the frigid water are Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock, Marine Patrol Officer Matt Sinclair and
Det. Gerry Coleman.
From past COMMUNICATORS—
25 years ago from the 2/89 issue -- The tactical team responded to three shooting incidents in one night in Canton, Jay and Madison and was shot at twice that night. The site for the new State Police barracks in southern Maine was changed from Pownal to Gray and construction would begin later in the year. Fire Marshals received their first arson dog, a golden retriever named “Maddie”.
20 years ago from the 1/94 issue -- More than 100 employees attended a daylong session of TQM – Total Quality management. Trooper Joe Poirier and Detective Tim Culbert were named to the new bomb disposal team, 327 persons were interviewed for State Trooper positions, and the State Bureau of Identification was gearing up for increased requests for criminal history because of the new Brady handgun bill.
15 years ago from the 4/99 issue – Architectural drawings were completed to renovate the former Oak Grove school in Vassalboro into the new criminal justice academy with groundbreaking later in the year. Nine new State Police detectives were promoted.
10 years ago from the 2/04 issue – Colonel Michael Sperry announced his retirement after 26 years of service, and planning began for the summer move to the new Public Safety offices on outer Civic Center Drive. The move would consolidate most of the bureaus of Public Safety into one location.