ME State Police announce organization

The reorganization includes territories to be combined, night shifts added and behavioral health specialists to be hired.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine State Police is reorganizing.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck said it was months of preparation. But he and Colonel John Cote shared a version of a presentation they had given to the Maine Sheriffs Association and other law enforcement agencies in May.

Among the changes, the MSP’s eight territories, or “troops”, will be condensed into six larger ones.

A night shift will also be added. At present, the soldiers are on guard duty at night. Despite brand new change and expanded territory, Cote insisted that his soldiers would not be stretched and that Mainers should not notice a difference in cover.

“If you have a soldier who lives two houses away and he’s patrolling your area, that soldier is still going to live there and patrol your area,” Cote said. “It does not require us to withdraw resources.”

One change that might be noticeable, however, is the state’s supplementary budget, which was signed into law in April and supports the hiring of behavioral health specialists. In its proposal, the agency plans to hire five specialists. One will help soldiers at the academy; the others will work statewide.

“Law enforcement, oftentimes, we can’t provide the solution,” Cote explained. “We don’t have the solution to provide. But if we can make those connections with the people who have the solution, I know our people are going to be happy about it.”

Mary-Anne LaMarre, executive director of the Maine Sheriffs Association, responded to our request for comment on Tuesday, writing, in part, “The reorganization will have a significant impact on the administrative design of MSP and will have minimal impact on real everyday life. field activities and tasks.

Questions still linger as agency officials redacted data from the presentation, saying they didn’t want criminals to use it against them.

The reorganization is expected to start taking shape in January next year.

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Aubrey L. Morgan