Police officers from Augusta to Wilton were among Maine’s 63 newest police officers to graduate Friday from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

The officers spent 19 weeks in study and training, and most will begin patrolling immediately, in time for the Memorial Day weekend enforcement efforts, according to a news release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Among the graduates were central Maine officers David R. Adams and Sara Moynihan, Augusta Police Department; Karl E. Roy, Clinton Police Department: Jordan T. Gaudet, Hallowell Police Department; Ruel D. Libby, Newport Police Department; Brian E. Crater, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office; and Ethan G. Kyes, Wilton Police Department.

There were also several Maine State Police graduates, including Caleb H. Adams, Mathew L. Bowers, Nathan Desrosier, Tyler E. Harrington, Ryan P. Kilcollins, Joshua R. Lander and Marcus D. Reny.

Maine Warden Service graduates were John M. Carter, Kale L. O’Leary, Nicholas T. Raymond and Harrion P.J. Wiegman.

Gov. Paul LePage, the commencement speaker, told the new officers, “Always know that as governor, I support you and your leadership and know that you will make us all proud. With your help, we will make this state safer and an even better place for the future.

“Your road ahead will not be easy,” LePage said, according to the release. “But whatever challenges tomorrow may bring, I know that you are ready to meet the challenge.”

Officers studied crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The state police recruits, Warden Service graduates and those from the Maine State Marine Patrol will continue training with their departments before patrolling on their own, the release said.


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