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Criminal Mischief (12/20/2017)

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Doggie delivery

BANGOR – The Bangor Police Department went out of its way recently to help a puppy find its way from Virginia all the way north to its new home here in Maine.

Those of you out there who are among the many thousands who follow the Bangor PD’s Facebook page – said page operating under the delightfully wry supervision of Lt. Tom Cotton – are already well aware of this tale. For those of you who don’t (which, by the way, what’s the matter with you?), here’s a quick breakdown.

Two officers from the Bangor PD were taking part in the annual Wreaths Across America convoy to Washington DC, where wreaths are taken from here in Maine to be placed on the graves of veterans during the holidays.

According to Cotton’s posts, a Waldoboro woman reached out to the FB page looking for help with a very particular Christmas gift. See, she had adopted a 14-week-old puppy – a border collie rescue – from Virginia, but wasn’t going to be able to bring the dog back to Maine over the holiday. She asked Cotton if the officers would be willing to serve as puppy couriers and bring the dog back with them when they returned.

The officers, being human beings and not stone-hearted monsters, agreed to help, saying that they didn’t mind having an extra passenger in the slightest.

The journey was an uneventful one, though the gentlemen in question – Officers Perry and Place – made sure to thoroughly document their return with plenty of pictures (all of which can be seen on the department FB page). The operation – dubbed the PPPCPP (Perfect PoPo Christmas Puppy Pass-Off) by Cotton – came to its conclusion on the evening of Dec. 17.

To see the saga in its full glory – including some pictures of puppy Tessa in her new home – check out Bangor PD on Facebook.

Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduates 52

VASSALBORO - Maine’s 52 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.  The officers spent eighteen weeks in study and training and most will begin patrolling immediately, in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve enforcement efforts. 

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce was the guest speaker who told the new officers that law enforcement is an honorable profession.  “You’ll see the best and the worst of people in your career, and each one of you will have a hand in making your communities safer than yesterday,” Sheriff Joyce said.

The new officers studied many topics, including crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Among the graduates were eight State Police Trooper recruits and Maine Marine Wardens, who will continue training with their departments before patrolling on their own.

The graduates are as follows, in alphabetical order:

Jenna M. Anzengruber, Bangor Police; Tyler A Barnies, Auburn Police; Brandon G. Barragan, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office; Shaunna C. Beaudoin, Maine State Police; Joshua N. Bernier, Brunswick Police; Ryan J. Brochu, UMO Police; Drew I. Bunick, USM Police; Alonzo J. Connor, Maine State Police; Jasmine M. Cyr, Houlton Police; Brittany E. Davies, Maine State Police; Eric S. Depner, Caribou Police; Christopher J. Dickens, Bar Harbor Police; Travis R. Doughty, Maine State Police; Marcus W. Downes, Old Town Police; Codie E. Dube, Biddeford Police.

Kyle P. Forbes, Portland Police; Kyle P. Franklin, Maine Warden Service; Paul P. Gauvin, Saco Police; Jacob J. Gibbs, Portland Police; Colin A. Gordan, Falmouth Police; Jeffrey W. Hall, Ellsworth Police; Benjamin S. Handzel, Maine State Police; Alex P. Hebert, Maine Marine Patrol; Ryan D. Jackson, Waldo County Sheriff's Office; Seth A. Johnson, Augusta Police; Tyler D. Johnston, Bangor Police; Isaiah C. Jones, Scarborough Police; Michael J. Kennedy, Newport Police; Jeffrey A. Kinney, Bangor Police.

Gregory A. Mailhot, Sabattus Police; Gabrielle M. Mathieu, Topsham Police; Garrett D. McCarthy, Westbrook Police; Elizabeth K.McPhillips, Old Orchard Beach Police Department; Chelsea M. Merry, Somerset County Sheriff's Office; David P. Morin, Auburn Police; Daniel O. Morrison, Old Orchard Beach Police Department; Bethany S. Nyberg, Brunswick Police; Erik T. Rae, Sanford Police; Amanda S. Roggio, Gardiner Police; Rodney D. Rossignol, Saco Police; Lydia M. Ruetty, Scarborough Police.

Alisha N. Smith, Gorham Police; Douglas R. Snyder, Boothbay Harbor Police; Christopher C. Taylor, Rockport Police; Kim J. Theriault, South Portland Police; Jonathan E. Varnum, Maine Marine Patrol; Anthony J. Verville, South Portland Police; Tifani P.V. Warren, Skowhegan Police; Nicholas J. Wrigley, Westbrook Police; Kenneth A. York, Penobscot County Sheriff's Office; Eric R. Young, South Portland Police; Andrew F. Zambella, Maine State Police.

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