Maine’s 62 newest police officers graduated Dec. 14 from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The officers spent 18 weeks in study and training and most began patrolling immediately, in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve enforcement efforts, according to a news release from Stephen McCausland.

Gov. Paul LePage was the graduation speaker and told the new officers, “This is a day you will never forget. You have been well-trained and are physically and mentally ready to serve your communities, your counties and your state. Whatever challenges tomorrow may bring, you are ready to meet that challenge,” according to the release.

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 13 State Police Trooper recruits and two Maine Marine Wardens, who will continue training with their departments before patrolling on their own.

The new officers are (alphabetical by department)

Jesse Belanger, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office

Paul Schroeder, Auburn Police Department

Francois Roodman, Augusta Police Department

Benjamin Ferland, Bangor Police Department

Andrea Gurecki, Bangor PD

Dayerrick Ireland, Bangor PD

Devin Hook, Bath Police Department

Samantha Prior, Biddeford Police Department

Whitney Burns, Brunswick Police Department

Danae Dostie, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Mitchell, Cumberland County SO

Gerald Maccione, Dixfield Police Department

Stephen Garib, Dover Foxcroft Police Department

Adam Bouchard, Ellsworth Police Department

John Stanley, Ellsworth PD

Nathan Johnson, Hallowell Police Department

Zachery Allen, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office

Ivano Stefanizzi, Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office

Drew Graham, Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Cameron Hainey, Lewiston Police Department

David Bellows, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Sean Pfahler, Lincoln Police Department

Chandler Field, Lisbon Police Department

Nicholas Kauffman, Lisbon PD

Timothy Cormier, Maine Marine Patrol

Taylor Shewokis, Maine Marine Patrol

Hunter Cotton, Maine State Police

Elijah Curtis, MSP

Ryan Dubois, MSP

Dezarae Fillmyer, MSP

Christian Gaffney, MSP

Daniel Grenier, MSP

Patrick Hall, MSP

Trevor Knowles, MSP

Luke Martin, MSP

Ted Martin, MSP

Gregory Ramp, MSP

Anna Ritland, MSP

Johnathan Stewart, MSP

Andre Chasse, Mechanic Falls Police Department

Brian Donahue, North Berwick Police Department

Bryan Amaral, Old Orchard Beach Police Department

Wade Beattie, Old Orchard Beach PD

Adam Oko, Orono Police Department

Matthew Burnell, Portland Police Department

Jesse Dana, Portland PD

Jeffrey Drew, Portland PD

Justin Fritz, Portland PD

Ian Leitch, Portland PD

Kevin Nielsen, Portland PD

Adam Pelletier, Portland PD

Nevin Rand, Portland PD

Brian Rollins, Portland PD

Michael Walton, Portland PD

Michael Rolerson, Rockland Police Department

Austin Couture, Rumford Police Department

Amber Damon, Skowhegan Police Department

Logan Roberts, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office

Daniel Purinton, South Portland Police Department

Taylor Stroup, South Portland PD

Derek Axelsen, Windham Police Department

Timothy Connolly, York Police Department

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