Father pinning badgeJohn Cote of China was sworn on Monday, June 4, 2018 as Chief of the Maine State Police. Cote, a 29 year veteran, has served as deputy chief for the past two years and is the former commanding officer for Troop F in Houlton. He spent the majority of his career in Aroostook County. He also served several years as a Detective-Sergeant investigating homicides.

He was sworn into office by Governor LePage in the Governor’s cabinet room in front of a roomful of family and co-workers. His badge was pinned on by his 82 year old father – Morris Cote of Houlton.

Maine State Police Internship Program

Due to the volume of applications we have decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of NEW applications for candidates who are not currently MCJA certified (BLETP candidates). We WILL continue to accept applications from officers currently certified in Maine, as we anticipate hiring for the February 2019 Recruit Training Troop. An announcement will be made when we resume the acceptance of new applications for the BLETP.


No department wide events at this time. Please see local bureaus for their events.


MEETING NOTICE: Sex Offender Management and Risk Assessment Advisory Commission

The Sex Offender Management and Risk Assessment Advisory Commission will meet on the following dates via Zoom, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 403-A. Please contact Kent Avery, AAG at kent.avery@maine.gov for a Zoom link to the meeting:

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 12:00 p.m.