Eight new state troopers receive badges

Apr 07, 2017
From left, new state troopers Hunter Belanger, Ian Dunn and Connor Willard have been assigned to patrol in the Midcoast after receiving their badges April 7.

Vassalboro — Maine’s eight newest troopers received their badges April 7 in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The new troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized State Police training, which is in addition to the 18 weeks of training required for all Maine police officers.

State Police continue to have 19 trooper vacancies out of their 330-person complement, even with eight other trooper recruits enrolled in the basic police school, also taking place at the academy. The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before patrolling on their own.

Joining Troop D, assigned to the Midcoast, were three new troopers. Hunter Belanger grew up in Chelsea and is a 2013 graduate of Gardiner Area High School. He is graduate from Husson University and served as a summer reserve police officer in Ogunquit and Wells.

Ian Dunn grew up in Bowdoinham and is a graduate of Mount Ararat High School in Topsham. He also is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta and is a former Gardiner police officer .

Connor Willard grew up in Livermore Falls and is a graduate of Leavitt High School and two associate’s degrees from Central Maine Community College. Willard also has been a reserve Livermore Falls police officer.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 08, 2017 18:33

Young but well trained! I too am proud of these young men and wish them a wonderful career ahead. I once had need to call the troop at Thomaston, living in Hope, it scared me to find a car resting on the shoulder of my hidden driveway. Late at night and alone  I quickly called the Thomaston barracks. Almost immediately a trooper appeared in my door yard. He, it seems, had been called to the area as two men were sitting on the Hope School lawn, now the Town office location, just a 1/2 mile from my door.. The trooper was kind and consoling as he alleviated my fears and took care of the car and drivers just up the road. Thank God for young men brave enough to care for Maine people, not just car wrecks and burglaries, but personal individual care.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Apr 08, 2017 10:00

It's not you...I thought the same thing. It is nice to see such young people building careers for themselves.

 

 



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Apr 08, 2017 10:00

It's not you...I thought the same thing. It is nice to see such young people building careers for themselves.

 

 



Posted by: Holly Ann Tracy | Apr 07, 2017 17:19

Is it just me...or do these officers look so young!!   Welcome to the neighborhood boys! 



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