Hampden native joins Rockport Police Department
Rockport — One of the Rockport Police Department’s newest hires said he is excited to tackle the duties and responsibilities that comes with wearing the badge.
Cooper Plaisted was hired by the department in July to replace to Officer Wesley Butler, who has joined the Camden force. Plaisted and Jake Grinnell are the newest additions to the force. Grinnell was hired in June.
A 2009 graduate of Hampden Academy, Plaisted attended University of Maine at Presque Isle where he received a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation this past May. He said growing up in Maine, he had aspirations of becoming a game warden, so while enrolled at UMPI, he also took classes in criminal justice.
“As a kid I wanted to be a game warden and live up north in the woods,” he said. “So when I went to college I took some classes in criminal justice to learn some of the procedure and such, to give me a better understanding of law enforcement.”
Rockport Police Department is his first law enforcement job and Plaisted said support from current members of the force leads him to believe he made the right decision coming to Rockport.
“Everybody is great and have been a huge help while I get adjusted,” he said. “I love the town and its people are really friendly. There is seldom a dull moment around here, which is good, because, honestly, I’m not the kind of guy that likes to sit behind a desk.”
According to Sgt. Travis Ford, Plaisted’s training is coming along well and he is on track to complete it on time.
“He is doing a great job and is fitting in really well,” Ford said. “Once we get him ready to patrol on his own he should be ready to attend the [police] academy shortly after that.”
Plaisted said one of the largest obstacles he faces is becoming familiar with the lay of the land and being able to identify locations and street names.
“In most cases I think I’ll be OK, but in those times where the directions include ‘do you know where so and so use to live’ — of course I don’t — but I’m sure I will find out,” he said with a chuckle. “Getting used to the street names and the different parts of town make it a little difficult when I am responding to a call, but the longer I’m here the better that will get.”
Plaisted said he looks forward to getting out and becoming part of the community and said Rockport is a perfect place for him to begin his career as a police officer.
“I love it here, Rockport is a really great town and I look forward to serving the community,” he said.
Courier Publications reporter Dwight Collins can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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