Rockland hires new patrol officer

Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: Rockland Police Department Patrol Officer Anne Griffith

Rockland — The Rockland Police Department's newest patrol officer began work Monday.

Anne Griffith's hiring was announced in a news release issued Oct. 5 by the department.

Griffith was born and raised in the Midcoast, graduating from Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. She attended college in Boston before returning to Maine.

Officer Griffith worked as an investigative analyst for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and as a reserve police officer for Belfast.

Griffith said in a posting on the department's Facebook page that law enforcement runs in her family, along with the ethos of giving back to the community and doing her civic duty.

"About four years ago I started working as a part-time patrol officer in a small-town police department and realized this is the career I was passionate about," Griffith said on the post. "I went on to spend two-and-a-half years working at the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit as an investigative analyst. As an analyst I assisted the detectives and special agents in conducting background investigations on child pornography offenses. I also worked as the evidence technician for the unit and assisted federal, state, and local municipalities with computer based crimes. I was trained extensively in investigating child exploitation and the use of social media in criminal acts."

She said she her most memorable case so far was assisting in the investigation of a child exploitation case based in Maine.

"The lead detective and I worked closely together on sorting through hundreds of pieces of data, and we identified multiple adults suspected of abusing and exploiting a 10-year-old. That child was rescued and moved to safety. It was very satisfying to know that I helped to make a real and positive difference in the life of a child," she said.

She said she decided to work for Rockland because through working with the Computer Crimes Unit, she was able to work closely with the detectives and patrol officers of the Rockland department on many occasions.

"I was always impressed with their professionalism, and their passion for the job. I’m looking forward to getting to know the community and to helping Rockland stay safe," the officer said.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Oct 07, 2017 05:45

I believe her Dad's name was "Drew" and he was a fine gentleman and state trooper.


Posted by: Don Dickinson | Oct 06, 2017 19:17

You better watch your back Dale. You might be her first bust if she sees your comment. By the way, Barney's last name was Fife.

Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Oct 05, 2017 12:41

Welcome to Rockland, I'm sure you will do well here.


Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 05, 2017 12:04

I understand she is the great grand daughter of Andy Griffith and a close friend of Barney Fifth. Ha Ha Ha Ha.

Posted by: Cathy Baker | Oct 05, 2017 12:01

Yay Woollie!  Excuse that -- hurrah, Officer Griffith!

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Oct 05, 2017 11:33

This gal didn't fall far from the tree.  Kudos to those who set the example for her wanting to come here.

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