Rockland announces new police officer

Jun 06, 2018
Photo by: Rockland Police Department Officer Ken Smith joined the Rockland Police Department in February.

Rockland — Officer Ken Smith has joined the Rockland Police Department.

He becomes the second Ken Smith on the force.

The newer Ken Smith was hired in February. He grew up in the southern part of New York State. The Police Department announced on its Facebook page that "Given the number of Red Sox fans at the PD, we were a little cautious of a New Yorker, but, so far, so good."

He joined the Army after graduating from high school, and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C,. with the 82d Airborne Division as a fire support specialist. He was twice deployed to Iraq.

After leaving the Army, Smith moved back to New York and studied veterinary technology at State University of New York in Delhi, where he met his wife, Patricia. After graduating from college, Ken and Patricia decided they were up for a change, and moved to Alaska, working as veterinary technicians.

Smith had an interest in trying law enforcement, applied and was hired by the Juneau Police Department.

He had vacationed in Maine in earlier years.

"After a few years of Alaskan winters and remembering the balmy warmth we have in February, Ken and Patricia decided to look into moving here. They found that Rockland Police Department was hiring, and it looked to be a nice fit for them," according to the Facebook post.

"We do have some daylight in winter. We don’t have grizzly bears. Win-win. And we’re closer to their families. That’s good, too, but we think the lack of bears was a big selling point," the department stated.

Ken and Patricia live locally, with their young son, Cameron.

So as not to confuse him with veteran Rockland Police Sgt. Ken Smith, the younger officer is referred to as Yukon Ken.

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