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Police Department

Caribou Municipal Building
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
Michael Gahagan, Chief
Phone: (207)493-3301
E-mail: policechief@cariboumaine.org

 

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Caribou Police Department
2010 Annual Report

Despite the economic slow down, we strive to provide the same level of service at no increased cost to the taxpayer. We had a 60% clearance rate and a 53% reduction in drug related arrests that we attribute to our continued work with the prevention and enforcement of drug diversion. Due to the economy, we have noticed an increase in the number of residential burglaries and thefts.

In 2010, the Caribou Police Department implemented the COPS Hiring Recovery Program that had been awarded in 2009. Having the extra officer made it possible to send two officers to the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) in 2010. Officer Jay Trainer and Officer Chad Cochran graduated from the BLETP in December which is an 18-week training program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy that all full time law enforcement officers are mandated by state statute to attend.

While we continue to collect unused, outdated prescriptions, we have started participating in a program sponsored by Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention called Diversion Alert. Diversion Alert provides monthly updates about drug related arrests (all public information) to local healthcare providers, healthcare facilities and all local law enforcement agencies. The Caribou Police Department also participated in the first National Drug Take Back Day dedicated to getting people out and properly disposing of their unused prescriptions. Maine turned in 7,820 pounds, or just under 4 tons of unwanted prescription drugs. Although we can not measure prevention, we see a difference with our increased efforts.

The Caribou Police Department is dedicated to enforcing underage drinking laws. In 2010, the Caribou Police Department was instrumental in securing underage drinking law enforcement grant funds for our own department along with Ashland Police Department, Presque Isle Police Department and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and in conjunction with the Aroostook Underage Drinking Enforcement Task Force. With other funding, we were able to send two officers to training that allows them to conduct Responsible Beverage Service trainings in Caribou and all over Aroostook County. We now offer on- and off-premise classes to alcohol retailers.

The Caribou Police Department was awarded $15,400 from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to provide extra patrols on Caribou’s roads for OUI, speed and seatbelt enforcement. We also participated in ATV enforcement details through the Maine Warden Service, being awarded $12,700 in grant funds to enforce ATV laws and protect Maine’s outdoor heritage.

I would like to thank the Officers and their families for all of their hard work and commitment to the department; they are the ones who make the department what it is.

I would like to thank our Reserve Officers for another year of dedicated service. These officers provide security at local events and cover shifts when we are short. Thank you to Sgt. Dale Campbell, Ptl. Anthony Collins, Ptl. Darryl Hitchcock, Ptl. Philip McDonough, Ptl. Neal Ouellette, Ptl. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ptl. Erik Jandreau, Ptl. Arik Jepson and new in 2010 Ptl. Stephanie Fields Beaulieu. Officer Beaulieu worked for the Caribou Police Department as a full time police officer between 1997 and 2004.

In closing, I would like to express my appreciation to the City Councilors, City Manager, all City Department Heads, and City employees, but most of all the citizens of Caribou. Without your support, the department couldn’t be involved with as many prevention projects throughout the city and Aroostook County.

Respecfully Submitted,

Chief Michael W. Gahagan

 

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