New police officers welcomed to Camden
Camden — Several new faces have been welcomed to Camden Police Department in recent months, the new officers were introduced to selectmen Dec. 3.
Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne said the department is lucky to have such well-qualified candidates in Wes Butler, Tim Davis and Jeff Boudreau. He also announced the promotion of Dan Brown to sergeant.
Brown replaces Patrick Polky, who left the police department to pursue his bachelor's degree, Gagne said. With extensive law enforcement experience — 28 years with Rockland police, three years with Rockport as well as experience in drug enforcement — Brown “came pretty well trained,” Gagne said.
Of four people qualified for the position, the other three declined to apply, instead supporting Brown, he noted. Also eligible for sergeant were Detective Curt Andrick and Officers Brook Hartshorn and Allen Weaver. Gagne noted he is “quite happy” Andrick chose to remain as detective and impressed with “the professionalism they all gave in supporting Dan.” Brown lives in Owls Head.
Butler joined the department full-time in July. He previously was a member of Rockport Police Department and Knox County Sheriff's Office. Butler has multiple certifications for training new officers, including defensive tactics, interactive use of force and field training officer. He lives in Camden.
Davis, a former corrections officer, is “another one that was already trained,” Gagne said. He too joined Camden Police Department in July as a full-time officer. Prior to his law enforcement career, Davis was an overseas missionary in the Czech Republic and a carpenter. Gagne said Davis, a resident of Appleton, has been a reserve officer and it is anticipated he will attend the Criminal Justice Academy next fall.
Boudreau is a full-time temporary officer, Gagne said. The recent Unity College graduate is training with Camden Police for several more weeks until it is determined if he is a good fit for the community, Gagne said, adding Boudreau also is anticipated to attend the Criminal Justice Academy with Davis. Boudreau lives in Unity, within the 25-mile radius required by the department, the chief noted.
“I'm hoping these are the future leaders of our department,” Gagne said.
He noted the department is still not fully-staffed but he has two reserve officers with the potential to round out the department.
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