June 2022

  • Car VS. Moose Crash on I-95 in Scarborough

    Car v moose crashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

    On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 12:51 a.m. Maine State Police Troopers responded to mile marker 40 south bound on I-95 in Scarborough for a report of a crash involving a car vs. moose. After initially striking the moose, the driver of the car, 23-year-old Jordan Andujar of Windham, then struck a passing tractor trailer. Andujar and the two other occupants in the car were transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland with non-life-threatening injuries. The deceased moose was removed from the scene by the Maine Turnpike Authority.  

    According to the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) May and June are peak moose collision months. Collisions with moose increase dramatically in these months. Moose are most active at dawn and dusk and they also travel at night. Drivers should be especially alert after sunset because dark colored animals can be very hard to see until they are right in front of your headlights. 
     
    Thanks and drive safe! 

  • Vassalboro Homicide

    From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

    The Maine State Police continue to investigate a shooting that left one man dead and another man injured inside an apartment building in Vassalboro. The shooting took place Monday, May 30, 2022, at approximately 9:12 a.m. in the hallway of the building. Several people were inside the building when an argument started between two of the building’s residents. All of the people inside the building have been interviewed by police and are cooperating with the investigation. 

    The deceased, 37-year-old Jeremy Gilley of Vassalboro died as a result of being shot. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined the death is a homicide. 30-year-old Joshua Bilodeau of Vassalboro, who was also shot, is recovering at a local hospital. At this time we are not identifying the third male who was involved in the incident but was not injured.

    No arrests have been made and the police continue to investigate the circumstances of the death and shooting. State Police Detectives will consult with the Kennebec District Attorney’s office and the Maine Attorney General’s office throughout the investigation. 
     

  • UPDATE: Mr. Murphy was located

    UPDATE: He has been located and we removed the post for his privacy.

  • Troop F Weekly Report 05-30 to 06-05-22

    Incident Type:         traffic offense

    Date:                          6/1/2022

    Town:                        sinclair

    Trooper:                   TR. DESROSIER

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in Sinclair when he observed a vehicle speeding.  Tr. Desrosier initiated a traffic stop and as he approached the vehicle suspected the driver and passenger switched places while the vehicle was in motion.  The female insisted she was driving.  Tr. Desrosier reviewed his WatchGuard video and it appeared to him the male was driving but he decided to wait on enforcement action until he can get the video to his computer for a better picture.  Tr. Desrosier is familiar with the male who has a suspended driver’s license.  Tr. Desrosier issued the woman a traffic summons for speeding and for an expired inspection certificate.


     

    Incident Type:         Neighbor dispute

    Date:                          5/29/2022

    Town:                        caswell

    Trooper:                   TR. DESROSIER

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier dealt with two men, who are neighbors, in Caswell.  One man called the State Police reporting his neighbor is mowing his lawn and rocks struck his vehicle.  When Tr. Desrosier arrived, the complainant stated there is no damage to his car, but he is afraid the man’s mowing blades will break and injure someone.  Tr. Desrosier spoke with the man mowing his grass and he agreed to reverse direction, so the chute is not pointed towards his neighbor.  There was no indication that any rocks went to the complainant’s house or vehicles.

     


     

    Incident Type:         stolen vehicle

    Date:                          6/1/2022

    Town:                        patten

    Trooper:                   TR. CASTONGUAY

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Castonguay is currently investigating the theft of a pickup that was stolen from a local garage in Patten.  The vehicle was recovered in Bangor by, Bangor PD.  The owner left the vehicle at the garage to have some work done and the keys were still inside the vehicle at the time of the theft.  Tr. Castonguay is actively working this investigation.


     

    Incident Type:         OAS-VCR

    Date:                          5/30/2022

    Town:                        Houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton was doing traffic enforcement and stopped a vehicle in Houlton. The operator was suspended and out on bail. The operator was summonsed for OAS, VCR and for failure to show proof of insurance.

     


     

    Incident Type:         PROBATION VIOLATION

    Date:                          6/01/2022

    Town:                        Houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis: Tr. Levesque and Rocco were requested for a track in Houlton. A male was wanted for probation revocation and was seen running out the front of a house on Pierce St. Rocco tracked a half mile  to another  house and went to the rear of the house.  There were fresh footprints in the tall grass in the back yard, the investigation was turned over to Houlton PD  


     

    Incident Type:         BURGLARY

    Date:                          5/31/2022

    Town:                        Mapleton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Curtin responded to a burglary on the Hughes Road in Mapleton. The owner of the property was incarcerated at the time. Witnesses were interviewed and it was determined that a lawn tractor and snowblower had been stolen. The investigation is ongoing.


     

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          5/31/2022

    Town:                        Mars hill

    Trooper:                   Cpl. casavant

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Casavant stopped a vehicle on Route 1A in Mars Hill for a speeding violation and discovered the 38-year-old male’s license was suspended.

     

  • Troop J Weekly Report (05/30/22-06/05/22)

    # of School Visits conducted – 0

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 0

    05-31-22

    Trooper Einar Mattson received a complaint of vandalism to playground equipment at the playground near the town office in Sullivan.

    06-01-22

    Trooper Steven Mahon responded to a theft complaint in Columbia where a chainsaw was reported stolen from a shed.  Investigation continues.

    06-03-22

    Trooper Keith York, Trooper Jake Ferland, Trooper Josh Lander and Troopers from Troop E arrested Rian Moore (35) of Danforth, and Mikayla Lowell (28) of Danforth, in Lincoln as a result of the fatal crash investigation that occurred on May 29th north of Danforth in T8 R4 NBPP on the Springfield Road.  Moore was charged for Class A Manslaughter, Class C Driving to Endanger and Class C Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death.  Lowell was charged with Class B Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution and Class C Tampering with a Witness or Informant.

    06-04-22

    Corporal Blaine Silk responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 1 in Sullivan. The operator of the vehicle fled the scene prior to the arrival of Corporal Silk. The operator, Jeffrey Lynn (39) Gouldsboro was located at his residence by Gouldsboro Police Department and Lynn was returned to the scene. Lynn was arrested for Operating Under the Influence, Operating After Suspension and leaving the scene.

    Trooper Kim Sawyer summoned Dawn Hewes (48) Topsfield for Operating After Suspension Class C.

     

     

  • Maine State Police to Honor Civilian and Sworn Members

    From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

    On Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 10 a.m. the annual Maine State Police Awards Ceremony will take place at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

    The ceremony is held to recognize past and present members of the Maine State Police, both civilian and sworn members, and citizens of Maine who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them.  
    The awards include Trooper of the Year, Legendary Trooper, Leadership Award, Wounds Received, and the Colonel’s Award.

    The stories behind the awards are inspiring. The following are just a few.

    • Two Troopers whose vigilance and persistence helped saved the life of a young girl whose mother was in mental crisis 
    • A Trooper who conducted life-saving chest compressions for 15 minutes before driving an ambulance to help save the life of a person in cardiac arrest. 
    • A Trooper who performed CPR on a child suffering from an asthma attack until her heartbeat was re-established.
    • A retired Trooper who helped draft legislation that resulted in 12 sections of Maine state highways being dedicated in memory of Maine’s Fallen Troopers.   
    • Scholarships will be awarded to three young women in Maine with an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
  • SILVER ALERT  Graham Lacher

    Graham LacherThe Bangor Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for 37-year-old Graham Lacher of Norridgewock who was last seen Monday, June 6, 2022 at approximately 4:40 p.m. walking away from the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center at 656 State Street in Bangor. Lacher was a voluntary patient but is now considered involuntary. A K9 track was attempted that ended in the area of Eastern Maine Community College.
    Lacher is a white male, 5’11”, 265 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. Lacher suffers from mental illness and tends to avoid people. He has long brown hair, a long beard, glasses and was last seen wearing a gray jacket, gray/green Carhartt pants and an orange knit hat. 

    Anyone who sees Graham Lacher or has information should call the Bangor Police Department at 207-942-8211.
     

  • SILVER ALERT Peneolope Crabtree

    Penelope CrabtreeUPDATE: Penelope Crabtree has been located safely. Thank you for your assistance

    The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for 79-year old Penelope Crabtree of Sebago who was last seen Monday evening of June 6, 2022 driving on North Bridgton Road in Bridgton towards Sebago. Crabtree, who suffers from dementia was traveling behind her husband when he lost sight of her headlights. When he turned around and checked the immediate area he could not locate her vehicle and she has not made it back to their residence.

    Crabtree is driving a white 2014 Nissan Juke SV, Maine Registration Plate 9612NA. Crabtree is a white female, 5’05”, 185 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.

     

    Anyone who sees Penelope Crabtree or has information should call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 207-893-2810.

     

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

  • 2021 Merit and Citation Awards

    Merit and Citation Awards OpeningThe Merit & Citation Awards Ceremony was held this morning at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The ceremony is held to recognize past and present members of the Maine State Police, both civilian and sworn members, and citizens of Maine who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them.  

    The awards include Trooper of the Year, Legendary Trooper, Leadership Award, Wounds Received, and the Colonel’s Award.

     

     

    Det Greg RoyTrooper of the Year – Detective Greg Roy – MCU-N

    As a member of the Major Crimes Unit North, Det. Roy has demonstrated compassion for victims and a deep desire for justice for offenders. He is well-respected by his peers, partners, resources and all who assist at all levels of work. He has worked tirelessly on some of the most difficult cases to come through the MCU, including numerous child-homicides. Additionally, he is the Commander of the Tactical Team, which are called to high-risk incidents and barricaded persons statewide.

    Det. Roy is an instructor for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) and Recruit Training Troop (RTT) at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Augusta, where he teaches numerous courses including. He has been instrumental in facilitating courses in the academy and with other law enforcement agencies in Maine. As commander of the Tactical Team, Roy has established and fostered relationships with Tactical Teams in Maine and has been asked to instruct them on various topics. He is actively involved in New England State Police Administrators Conference (NESPAC) instructing Basic and Advanced schools and is often relied on for his knowledge and expertise.

    He has assisted with motorcade security and assistance to the secret service for visits from FLOTUS to Portland and Cape Elizabeth.  His list of accomplishments are so many that we couldn’t hope to compile them here and keep this short. Congratulations, Trooper of the Year, Det. Grey Roy.

     

    Legendary Trooper GallantLegendary Trooper – Detective/Forensic Specialist Roy Gallant 

     

    Legendary Trooper is the highest award a retired Trooper can achieve and many Troopers aspire to it. Detective and Forensic Specialist Roy Gallant was a tireless and exacting Forensic Ballistic Examiner who was always willing to help with a case and use his expertise to bring justice on an offender. He began his career in 1975 and retired in 1995, and during his tenure with the State Police he was known for responding to scenes and going to the lab at all hours to help crack a case or support his fellow Troopers. 

    “Those who know Roy would appreciate what a capable Trooper Roy was and being able to rely on his competence in all situations was remarkable,” wrote Retired Det. Conrad McNaughton, another Legendary Trooper, in his recommendation of Gallant. “In 1983, Roy transferred to the Crime Lab and became one of the best firearms experts in New England. Through his expertise and persistence, he solved many homicides for the Maine State Police. Roy Gallant, without questions, was a great asset to not only the MSP, but to the State of Maine. Our friendship continues to this day.”

    Det. Gallant was instrumental in helping the Maine State Crime Labe achieve it’s national accreditation in 1999 with the American Association of Crime Lab Directors. He was involved in the adoption of the National Integrated Ballistics Imaging System at the lab, which is a database that catalogues unique characteristics of bullets and is used to solve violent crimes involving firearms, this data is shared nationwide.

     

    Leadership Award – Detective Sergeant Greg Mitchell – MCU-N

    Sgt. Greg Mitchell MCU  N -  Sgt. Mitchell was promoted to Sgt of Section 5, MCU-N in September of 2020.  Throughout 2021, Sgt. Mitchell has had many obstacles to overcome.  First he was thrown two new Detectives in January of 2021 and Sgt. Mitchell took the time to develop a FTO process from scratch in order to make sure the new Detectives would get the training and direction they needed to be as successful as they could be.  While this is a new process, it is currently in the works to become a formal process for all MCU detectives.  Previous to this, a new Detective would be thrown to the wolves, so to speak, and left to learn much of the new position on their own which is much like drinking from a fire hose.  The new FTO process aims to be the standard moving forward and Sgt. Mitchell is the driving force behind this.
    In addition to the FTO training, Sgt. Mitchell implemented a professional development day once a month for his section which consists of refreshers on best practices, case reviews, after action reviews, guest speakers and detective input.  Sgt. Mitchell organizes this training every month.

    Working with our partner agencies is vital to our Departments success and Sgt. Mitchell recognizes this and facilitates working relationships with all our counter parts at the local police departments and Sheriff’s Office in his area.  Developing and keeping those relationships is not an easy feat and takes constant communication and working together.  One example of this was while working a death case with a local PD, Sgt. Mitchell recognized a training need and he developed and presented a training for them so that they would be better prepared the next time.  

    In addition to his Sgt. responsibilities and running a busy Section, Sgt. Mitchell continued to handle a large volume of case work, including 10 infant or child deaths and serious injuries.  These types of cases are the most demanding both physically and emotionally for Detectives and Sgt. Mitchell was in charge of each of them and brought them all to a conclusion.  Sgt. Mitchell recognized the toll these cases take on Detectives and made sure that they were cared for and continues to watch out for them.  
    Sgt. Mitchell is a shining example of  the concept of servant leadership, which we as leaders strive for.  In a nutshell, this means putting those you work with before you and making sure they are successful and happy and well taken care of.  

     

    Special Awards of Commendation

    Troopers Daniel Worcester and Jarrett MacKinnon – Troop G – Whose vigilance and persistence helped saved the life of a young girl whose mother was in mental crisis

    In June, 2021,  Tr. Daniel Worcester and Tr. Jarrett MacKinnon attempted to look for a vehicle on I-95 southbound from Wells, in which an 8-year-old girl called 911 stating her mother was having in mental crisis  and took her from her home. The girl was believed to be in danger and gave updated locations from signs she saw on the highway. The search entered into Massachusetts where radio contact became difficult and information continued to be relayed by phone to Tr. MacKinnon and Tr. Worcester.   Tr. MacKinnon stopped the vehicle on I-95 in Newburyport, Massachusetts after seeing the tips of the girl’s fingers sticking outside the vehicle’s window as it was going by him.   Tr. Worcester arrived shortly afterwards to assist with speaking to the mother. MASP arrived and transported the mother to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. The girl told Tr. MacKinnon that her mother said they were driving to Massachusetts, where the mother was going to kill her daughter, then herself. 

    The special award of commendation was awarded to Tr. Worcester and Tr. McKinnon as it is believed that the vigilant actions of Tr. Worcester and Tr. MacKinnon likely saved the girls life and provided the mother the help she needed.

     

    TPR William Baker – Troop G – in October 2021, Tr. Baker was dispatched to a call on the Maine Turnpike for an ambulance that was stopped on the side of the road with a patient that was going into cardiac arrest.  Tr. Baker responded and upon arrival he assisted the ambulance personnel but conducting chest compressions for approximately 15 minutes.  When additional medical personnel  were unable to get there quickly, Tr. Baker volunteered to drive the ambulance the rest of the way to Maine Medical Center, enabling the ambulance personnel to work on the patient.  Within a few minutes, additional rescue personal met them and Tr. Baker stopped the ambulance and got in the back to resume CPR for another 20 minutes until they could travel again to get the patient to the hospital.

    Tr. Baker's  quick actions played a significant role in ensuring the patients survival, Tr. Baker also received recognition from Maine Medical Center Division EMS Services  for his role in the life saving efforts.  

     

    TPR Tyler Harrington – Troop D  - In September, 2021 Tr. Harrington responded to West Gardiner to assist Gardiner Rescue with a reported unresponsive 1 year old child who was not conscious or breathing. Upon arrival at the home, Tr. Harrington immediately began chest compressions with rescue personnel.  Tr. Harrington stayed in the back of the ambulance, continuing CPR efforts while the child was transported to Maine General Medical Center for further care.  

    Tr. Harrington’s actions clearly played a significant role in ultimately saving the child’s life.  


    Wounds Received

    TPR Bernard Campbell Troop K – In August 2021, Tr. Campbell was working his regularly assigned evening shift for Troop K. During his shift, Tr. Campbell tried to contact an area resident who had outstanding warrants but wasn’t able to make contact. Before he finished his shift, Tr. Campbell stopped to fuel his cruiser on Main Street in Winthrop. A vehicle with the wanted subject pulled up to the pump next to him. When Tr. Campbell contacted him, the suspect fled on foot and Tr. Campbell gave chase. Both men fell down an embankment, and Tr. Campbell landed on a stump injuring his shoulder. The suspect fled again and despite his injuries, Tr. Campbell again pursued him, caught up and took the suspect into custody. Tr. Campbell escorted the arrestee from the woods where he turned him over to local law enforcement. 

    Tr. Campbell was seen by ambulance personnel at the scene but drove himself to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta where he was treated for a dislocated shoulder and a clavicle which was broken in multiple places and required reconstructive surgery to repair the injury. 

    Tr. Campbell returned to light duty less than a month later and full duty approximately 2 months following the incident. 

    Colonel’s Award

    NHSP line of duty death

    2021 was a deadly year for law enforcement officers engaged in roadside activities nationwide.  Duties that require close contact in high-speed traffic with today’s highly distracted motorists present an ever-present danger to law enforcement officers.  Maine and New England were not exempt from this trend.  In 2021, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Gross was struck and killed while investigating a crash.  New Hampshire State Police Staff Sergeant Jessee Sherrill was struck and killed while providing traffic calming at a construction project.

    Tr. Pat Pescitelli  Troop G – Tr. Pescitelli was assigned as the primary investigator in the crash resulting in the line of duty death of NHSP Staff Sergeant Sherill.  Tr. Pescitelli took on this role so that Staff Sergeant’s colleagues would not have to deal with the pain and tragic consequences of the crash of their brother Trooper.  Tr. Pescitelli continues to work on the investigation to this day, balancing his regular case load and shifts with this complex investigation  as the case is reviewed for possible criminal prosecution.  His work on the case commonly takes Tr. Pescitelli from Maine to New Hampshire in conducting his follow ups and interviews.  

    Detectives Herb Leighton and Larry Rose - attended the autopsy of the NH SP staff sergeant to prevent the trauma of exposure to NH SP troopers 

    CVEU – Members of our Commercial Vehicle Unit (Troop K) provided investigative assistance at the scene and aftermath of the crash involving Staff Sergeant Sherrill as the crash involved a tractor trailer.  

    • Sgt. Jeff Mills
    • Cpl Chris Rogers
    • Tr. Jack Dow
    • Tr. Rob Flynn
    • Tr. Jeff DeGroot
    • Insp. Dan Russell

    Crash Recon Unit
     

    Members of the Maine State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit provided services to both scenes.  A line of duty death scene can have a significant emotional impact on first responders.  Normal duties take on extra importance when we are caring for and documenting the facts related to a fallen officer.  When the potential for criminal charges exists, the level of attention and diligence is taken even higher.  The Recon Unit provided in-depth mapping, drone services, data down-loads and examination of vehicles and the scene.

    Their recognition of the special circumstances, and display of compassion to the fallen officer’s co-workers and families deserves formal recognition.

    • Sgt. Darren Foster
    • Spc. Mike Pion
    • Spc. Pat Munzing

     

    Fallen State Trooper Signs
     

    During the First Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature, the Maine Retired Troopers Organization, led by retired detective Timothy Culbert, drafted legislation which was then sponsored by Maine Senator William Diamond, LD 537 “An Act To Dedicate Sections of Maine’s Interstate Highway System to Fallen State Troopers.”  

    Through months of work of many co-sponsors, retired members and through consultation with subject matter experts, a committee was able to eventually make changes to the proposed legislation that resulted in it being signed into law on June 14th, 2021.  

    This work resulted in 12 sections of Maine state highways being dedicated in memory of Maine’s Fallen Troopers.  Signs were created, erected and families of the fallen were able to attend roadside dedication ceremonies throughout the state.  

    These signs will serve as a lasting reminder to the estimated 80 million vehicles that will pass these locations annually, of the ultimate sacrifice of our Fallen Troopers.               

    • ME Retired Trooper’s Organization
    • Det. Tim Culbert (retired) 
    • Sen. William Diamond
    • Sen. Paul Davis
    • Sen. Bradlee Farrin 
    • Rep. Bruce White
    • Rep. Richard Cebra 

     

    TPR Timmy Saucier
     

    Tr. Timmy Saucier Troop F – In 2021 Troop F was hit with a significant number of catylatic converter thefts though the southern Aroostook and northern penobscot region.  Tr. Saucier volunteered to spearhead an investigation involving both Troop F and Troop E and taking the lead on putting together multiple theft and burglary cases in an attempt to identify those involved.  As the result of a lengthy and complex investigation spanning several months, Tr. Saucier was able to break up a sophisticated ring of thieves operating in the region that had stolen/sold over 1,000 convertors with $190,000 in stolen proceeds.  To replace these convertors would be over 2 million dollars.    As a result of Tr. Saucier’s investigation, in combination with the theft of catalytic convertors being such a problem throughout the state, changes to legislation were proposed in order to help combat the thefts.  

    Tr. Saucier receives the Colonels Award for his tireless and dogged approach to breaking up this theft ring and making a significant impact on the theft and sale of stolen catalytic convertors in Maine.  

    TPR Jason Wing and TPR Adam Fillebrown

    Tr Jason Wing and Tr Adam Fillebrown Troop B - Joint award for work as Troop Investigators in Troop B 
    Over the last year, Troopers Fillebrown and Wing have developed into a very dynamic duo. They have a clear reputation for tenacious work, a dedicated work ethic, and for putting together high-quality cases for successful prosecutions. Whether it be as part of a Task force, working State Police cases, or assisting many Federal, State, County, and Municipal Law Enforcement partners, Troopers Fillebrown and Wing have become the “go to” Investigators in Western Maine. The work they put and the very high quality of service they provide the Maine State Police and our Law Enforcement partners deserves recognition. 

    A snapshot of just some of the work they have done over the past year.

    • More than 32 felony level arrests.
    • Over 33 Misdemeanor arrests. 
    • 9 arrests of felons in possession of firearms
    • Recovered at least 8 stolen firearms
    • Recovered stolen cars, ATVs, snowmobiles, and trailers
    • 3 fugitive from Justice arrests. 
    • Investigated or assisted with no less than 9 fatal & non-fatal drug overdoses.
    • Seized no less than 885 grams of fentanyl 
    • Seized no less than 208 grams of crack
    • Seized no less than 740 grams of Methamphetamine
    • Seized no less than 77,000 in currency
    • Seized no less than 165 firearms
    • Assisted in a 5 State motor vehicle burglary ring
    • Assisted Mexico PD, Lisbon PD and Oxford S.O. with stabbings
    • Assisted the VCTF with several arrests
    • Assisted MDEA and FBI Safe Streets with dozens of search warrants and investigations.   
    • Assisted every New England State Police Agency including but not limited to assisting RI State Police with a search warrant in Manie related to an 8 million dollar fraud scheme.

    Troopers Fillebrown and Wing are an asset to the Maine State Police. Their work, their dedication, their continual effort every day to make Maine a safer place to live, work and visit, is nothing short of amazing and well deserving of the Colonels Award. 

    Steven Lemieux (civilian)

    Steve joined the Maine State Police Pipe and Drum unit in 2019 as a civilian member and has become a vital member of the unit.   Steve is a professional, Grade 2 Highland Bagpiper who is known for his talent and instruction across the State of Maine and beyond.   Steve provides lessons on how to play and maintain the Highland bagpipes, from beginner to advanced levels and is also currently composing a Centennial March specific to Maine State Police events.  Historically, our Pipe and Drums unit has been all State Police but has evolved over time to include other Law enforcement agencies and in addition, some private sector personnel.  Civilians like Steve, with his knowledge of the equipment and willingness to help others and promote the unit, are vital to keeping our Pipe and Drums unit thriving and ever growing.  

    Steve receives the Colonel Award for his dedication and professionalism in his work with the Pipe and Drums unit.  

     

    Forest Service Air Unit – Forestry Air Ops – The Air Ops division of the Maine Forest Service is a vital partner to the Maine State Police and this award recognizes their professionalism and willingness to help us when needed.  In 2021 specifically to this award, the Air Ops division assisted Troop E with two significant motor vehicle pursuits.  In both instances, the arrival and involvement of the Forest Service helicopter turned the tide in our favor, assisting us with being the eye in the sky and observing the suspects movements and operation when we could not.  Even when Troopers lost sight of the vehicle in both pursuits the helicopter did not and was able to direct Troopers and other responding officers  to the suspect locations and provide real time updates to the ground units.  In both cases, the outcome would not have been as favorable and the air unit was instrumental in bringing the pursuits to a successful and safe outcome.    These examples just highlight two of the many incidents that the Maine Forest Service Air Ops have assisted us on throughout 2021 and previous years.  As I’ve said before, law enforcement is effective because of working relationships with our partner Agencies and the Maine Forest Service is no stranger to being one of our steadiest and active relationships.

     

    Nominees for Trooper of the Year:

    • Troop A – TPR Kyle Wells
    • Troop B – TPR Nicholas Watson
    • Troop C – TPR Garret Booth
    • Troop D – TPR Tyler Harrington
    • Troop E – TPR Jordan Bragan
    • Troop F – TPR Ted Martin
    • Troop G – TPR Jarrett MacKinnon
    • Troop J – TPR Owen Reed
    • Troop K – TPR Mark Barney
    • MCU-S – DET Ethel Ross
    • MCU-C – DET Jason Andrews
       
  • Maine State Police Announce Structural Reorganization of Agency

    From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.


    Colonel John Cote is excited to announce a State Police structural reorganization which will incorporate several new positions and other efficiency measures including leveraging existing personnel to provide better service to the citizens of Maine.
     
    The State Police are looking to reorganize Troop units, provide overnight coverage on many nights while bolstering our busy Specialty Teams and Major Crimes Units.
     
    “The most important message is that the Maine State Police core mission will remain the same.” said Colonel Cote.  “In the field, we will work to implement our new resources while existing Troopers continue to serve and protect our communities.  We will also continue to honor all existing call sharing commitments with our county partners.”
     
    The reorganization will largely impact the administrative design of the Maine State Police and have minimal impact on the actual day-to-day activities and duties in the field.  Among the most impactful changes will be the creation of a midnight shift in most parts of the state.  Under the current structure, Troopers maintain a readiness and on-call status through the night which often results in unexpected call-outs and impact to their well-being.  
     
    We believe that the creation of an overnight shift will provide an expedited response to critical calls from the public during the overnight.  This will also provide vital support for the health and wellness of our troopers.  This change is simply the first evolution that will allow the agency to be much more agile in making on-going adjustments based on the changing demands of the public safety environment.  
     
    The reorganization is largely resulting from requests by the Maine State Police to the Governor through her supplemental budget package.  Among the personnel added to the Maine State Police compliment was the inclusion of 3 Detectives, an additional Trooper for the Training Unit assigned to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and funding for a body camera program.  

    Also approved in this year’s supplemental budget was funding for 5 Behavioral Health Specialists.  Colonel Cote said “The Behavioral Health Specialists will serve as liaisons to the Troopers in the field and help people in need of services.  These specialists will coordinate with resource providers and law enforcement to better deliver services and connect those struggling with mental health crisis, substance use disorder, elder abuse, homelessness and domestic/family violence.”  
     
    The Maine State Police appreciates the support of Governor Mills and the legislature in approving these budget initiatives.
     
    The Maine State Police has discussed these expected changes with our partners at the Maine Sheriff’s Association and the Maine Chiefs of Police Association and we appreciate their continued support.  We will continue to provide updates as Troop and personnel changes are expected to begin this summer and continue through the coming year.

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