|Caribou Municipal Building
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
|Michael Gahagan, Chief
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Caribou Police Department
2016 Annual Report
2016 was a very busy year for the Caribou Police Department! We had many events to assist with police coverage including parades, Thursday’s on Sweden and the Caribou Marathon. We provided free hamburgers and hot dogs at the New Year’s Eve bash, provided police service at the Caribou Snowmobile Club’s Snowmobile Drags and escorted a fundraising ATV ride. We look forward to the many events we will provide service for in 2017!
I served on the Maine Opioid Task Force that looked at the heroin and opioid crisis in Maine and how to help combat drug addiction. This is an epidemic that affects all of us.
Officer Ricky Pelletier graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in May of 2016. We also hired Gerard LeMoine of New Hampshire to fill a full time Police Officer position. He will start the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in January of 2017. His position was vacant for over eight months as the initial certification process changed a few years ago and it is much more expensive and time consuming to become even a part time Police Officer.
Officer Chad Cochran completed Drug Recognition Evaluator training and is now certified to perform evaluations on persons suspected of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. This is a major violation and it makes it very convenient to have someone from our agency able to evaluate people arrested. He is one of four DRE’s in Aroostook County.
Caribou Police Department participated in and managed multiple grants in 2016 totaling $129,970, including the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety’s seatbelt, speed, impaired driving and distracted driving enforcement campaigns. Officers also participated in ATV enforcement details funded by the Maine Warden Service, shared with local Wardens as a joint effort to help keep people safe on the trails, prevent damage caused by reckless operation, promote good relationships between riders and landowners and keeping the trails safe for everyone’s enjoyment. Other grants include federal BYRNE/Justice Assistance Grant, homeland security, underage drinking enforcement and to purchase bullet proof vests.
Remember, our department continues to collect unused/outdated/expired prescription medications and properly packaged medical sharps. You can drop these off at the station 24 hours a day, our door is always open.
I would like to thank all of our personnel, including our Reserve Officers for another year of dedicated service. This department wouldn’t be as successful if it weren’t for all of you. Your commitment to law enforcement and keeping the citizens of Caribou safe is outstanding.
In closing, I would like to express my appreciation to the City Manager-I wish you the best in your future endeavors, City Councilors, City department heads and employees, and most of all the citizens of Caribou. Your support of our department and continued efforts to help prevent crime and solve cases does make a difference and our jobs much easier. Remember, “if you see something, say something”, please don’t hesitate to call us to report something.
Chief Michael W. Gahagan