Rockland hires Belfast native as new police officer

Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: Rockland Police Department Mike Rolerson

Rockland — A Belfast native who grew up in a family of law enforcement officers is Rockland's newest police officer.

Mike Rolerson began work with the department Oct. 31, Police Chief Bruce Boucher said Thursday, Nov. 9.

Rolerson was born and raised in Belfast, where his father is a police officer.

Upon graduating from high school, Rolerson enlisted in the Marines, serving in the Pacific and deploying to the Helmand province in Afghanistan, according to the Rockland department's Facebook page.

While serving, he met his wife, also a Marine (military police); they married and had children. Among other awards, Rolerson earned the USMC's Good Conduct Medal.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking and watching movies.

"I grew up in a family of law enforcement officers, and have seen the impact that law enforcement can make on others. I have seen how much the community gives, and believe that it's my duty to give back as well," he said in a statement on the Facebook page.

Before being hired by Rockland, Rolerson worked for two years at a detention facility in Montana.

Rolerson said he decided to join Rockland because his friends in law enforcement spoke highly of the department.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 12, 2017 19:51

Sandra, do you think I would???????????????   Thanks for giving that much credit. I do know how to handle such things and I did.

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Nov 12, 2017 19:32

Seriously Dale, you reported what could be a serious offense with dangerous implications and sat back and waited almost two months?

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Nov 12, 2017 18:06

Dale: The statewide 24/7 hotline for reporting suspected elder abuse/neglect is: 1-800-624-8404

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Nov 11, 2017 06:06

Dale -

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 10, 2017 22:29

I hope things get better. I called the dispatch center almost two months ago to report an elderly neighbor possibly being abused and left word to have a Rockland officer/detective call me. Nothing to date. I sent an email to the Chief of Police on October 10th and no answer. Lost a lot of faith in our $2,000,000 department. What should i do next?

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Nov 10, 2017 06:25

Congratulations Mike! Glad to have you in Rockland! You will be a great addition to the force!


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