May 20, 2016

Maine graduates four new game wardens

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduated 63 new police officers today from the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) in Vassalboro. Of those 63 officers, four were Maine game wardens who will now be entering their next phase of training. They will participate in an intensive Warden Training Officer (WTO) program involving field work, team building and problem solving. Following the WTO program will be a twelve-week Advanced Game Warden Academy also based out of the Academy in Vassalboro.

Graduating today for the Maine Warden Service are Game Wardens John Carter, 28, from Unity, Kale O’Leary, 23, from Fort Kent, Nicholas Raymond, 24, from Winslow, and Harrison Wiegman, 24, from Leeds. Maine’s newest game wardens have been assigned their patrol areas. Carter has been assigned to the Blue Hill district, O’Leary is headed for the Masardis district, Nicholas Raymond will be going to the Fort Kent district, and Harrison Wiegman will be covering the Jackman district.

The Maine Warden Service has always produced top candidates and this BLETP was no exception. Game Warden Wiegman was elected class Vice President and took with him two additional class awards, one for attaining class valedictorian as well as the academic proficiency award. Game Warden John Carter was also named a class officer and held the role of treasurer.

Governor Paul LePage addressed the newest BLETP graduates by providing the commencement address. The Maine Warden Service congratulates all those who graduated today and their families and wish them all a safe and fulfilling career in law enforcement. Attached photo: From left to right, Game Wardens John Carter, Nicholas Raymond, Harrison Wiegman and Kale O’Leary.