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Welcome from Colonel John E. Cote

Integrity, Fairness, Compassion, & Excellence

On behalf of the men and women, both sworn and civilian, of the Maine State Police, welcome to our website.  While an extensive update is underway, I hope you will browse the various sections of our current site to learn more about the wide range of services and  opportunities  our agency provides.  Whether you are hoping to learn more about who we are and what we do, or perhaps researching a potential career with our agency, we strive to provide the information you need.


The Maine State Police was established almost 100 years ago in 1921 to enforce the criminal and traffic laws of Maine.  We have a proud tradition of providing exceptional services to those who live in and visit Maine.  Our core values of INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS, COMPASSION and EXCELLENCE guide our efforts and interactions with everyone we encounter.  Our specialty teams provide critical response resources and expertise to the most serious calls throughout the state.  Our Major Crime Units investigate homicides, suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, child physical and sexual abuse and other major felony crimes.  Our Nationally Accredited Crime Lab provides in-depth forensic analysis for major crimes investigated by any law enforcement agency in Maine.  Our Proactive Criminal Enforcement Team is a front line presence focused on interdicting the flow of illicit drugs and other criminal activity on Maine’s roadways.


As Colonel, I am honored and privileged to lead the members of the Maine State Police on our mission to keep Maine one of the safest states in the nation.


Maine State Police Internship Program

The Maine State Police offers a unique internship opportunity to those interested in pursuing a career in Maine Law Enforcement. Selected applicants will take part in a "front line" internship with Troopers as they perform their day to day duties. Interns will experience many areas of the Maine State Police including, but not limited to, Rural Patrol, Major Crimes Unit, Training, Maine Information and Analysis Center (MIAC), Specialties and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. The Maine State Police internship program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn and serve through first-hand participation in law enforcement or related careers in criminal justice.

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2018 Maine Junior Trooper Academy Dates Announced

2017 Junior Trooper

The Maine State Police will be hosting a three-day Junior Trooper Academy. This is a Career Orientation Program to be held from June 27 through June 29, 2018. The program is open to any High School Junior or Senior who has a strong interest in learning about a career with the Maine State Police. Lodging and meals will be provided at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro to those selected and invited from a pool of submitted applications. There is no fee associated with the program, and overnight stay will be a requirement. Space is limited!

The curriculum is designed to provide an orientation to law enforcement duties specific to the State Police, and the rank of Trooper. Some of the courses may include a K-9 demonstration, Overview of the Specialty Teams (e.g., Tactical Team, Underwater Recovery Team, Bomb Team, IMAT, etc.), Drill and Ceremony (marching), Introduction to Self Defense, Felony Motor Vehicle Stops and Cruiser/Equipment Orientation.

There will also be a familiarization with the role of a recruit in the academy environment as well as question and answer periods with Troopers temporarily assigned as support staff for the program. The participants will also be provided with the information needed to pursue a career with the Maine State Police.

Our goal is to provide a program guided by the Maine State Police Core Principles of Integrity, Fairness, Compassion and Excellence in an environment that accurately portrays the professionalism and pride of the Maine State Police, as well as our desire and willingness to reach out to Maine’s youth, who are the future of this department.

Please submit the completed application and release form along with a 100 word essay on why you would like to attend this program and/or why you would like to be a Maine State Trooper, no later than May 1, 2018 to Maine State Police Junior Troopers, 15 Oak Grove Road, Vassalboro, ME 04989. Questions regarding the program can be directed to Melissa Weiner at the Maine State Police Training Unit by calling 877-8025 or email to The Junior Troopers will be selected by June 1, and students will be notified by mail.

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Information on new law regarding concealed handgun carry

Please follow this link to learn more about the recently passed law allowing concealed weapons to be carried in Maine without a permit. Please note that this law does not go into effect until later this year.

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Maine State Police Social Media Sites


The Maine State Police is increasingly utilizing social media to provide information to the public and receive feedback from them as well. In addition to this website the State Police has Facebook and Twitter accounts. These sites are updated daily and are the best way at keeping up with things going on throughout Maine. Follow the links below to see a wide variety of information about the Maine State Police.

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Read Weekly Highlights from around Maine at the Field Troop Pages

Maine State Police Recruitment

Maine State Police - Semper Aequus

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.

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State Police Video

Maine State Police

This video was produced in conjunction with the New England School of Communications in Bangor. It will give you an idea of what the Maine State Police is about. You will learn some of the things that Troopers do and the capabilities of specialized units within the Maine State Police.

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Emergency Contacts

  • (800 numbers in state only)
  • Augusta: 207-624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664
  • Bangor: 207-973-3700 or 1-800-432-7381
  • Houlton: 207-532-5400 or 1-800-924-2261
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