New Marine Patrol Officers to Serve Downeast

Augusta - Three new Marine Patrol Officers will soon begin serving in downeast Maine. Kaelyn Kuni of Saco, Lexis Elston of Windham and Tim Beauchamp of York were sworn in by Commissioner Patrick Keliher on Thursday, July 29 at the Maine Department of Marine Resources' Augusta headquarters.

Officers Kuni and Elston recently graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's (MCJA) Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) and are currently taking part in Marine Patrols nine-week Field Officer Training program before they begin their assigned patrols. Officer Kuni will serve in the Milbridge-Steuben patrol, and Officer Elston will serve in the Jonesport-Beals-Addison patrol.

Officer Beauchamp will complete the MCJAs Pre-Service Training Program in August and will begin serving in the Machias patrol after completing Field Officer training. He is scheduled to attend the 18-week BLEPT program in January.

Prior to joining the Marine Patrol, Officer Kuni served as a dispatcher for the City of Westbrook, a Security Officer for Securitas, USA, and a Park Ranger for the State of Maines Eagle Island Historic Site. She has served as a Research Assistant at the University of Southern Maine (USM) Entomology Lab, and as an Assistant Head Lifeguard in Biddeford. She is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science from USM.

Officer Elston served as an Assistant Park Ranger for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Previously, she worked in Communications and Fisheries Education for the Stonington based non-profit Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). Officer Elston has also served as a multimedia assistant to the Portland-based non-profit sailing school, Sail Maine. Officer Elston holds an A.S. in Marine Science from Southern Maine Community College and is currently completing her B.A. degree in Marine Ecology from the University of Maine at Machias.

Officer Beauchamp served as a Security Officer for the Department of Navy at the Portsmouth Shipyard and as a Law Enforcement and Small Arms Instructor for the US Coast Guards Anti-Terrorism Unit in Boston, Massachusetts. He also served as a member of the US Coast Guard's Tactical Law Enforcement Team in Miami, Florida and the Coast Guards Maritime Safety and Security Team in San Francisco. He is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Information Technology.

"These new Officers will add much-needed coverage in the busy downeast region," said Colonel Jay Carroll. "Each one brings significant unique and relevant experience to the positions. They provide a depth of knowledge and background in resource issues and law enforcement which are vital in the work of a Maine Marine Patrol Officer."

The Maine Marine Patrol is a bureau of the Maine Department of Marine Resources that provides law enforcement, search and rescue, public health, and maritime security on Maine's coastal and tidal waters. More information can be found at https://www.maine.gov/dmr/marine-patrol/index.html