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    • April 13, 2021

      Maine has a MOVE OVER LAW - Do your part to keep Maine's first responders safe. When you see emergency lights: SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER when safe to do so.

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      MAP is proud to Support CodeGratitude and CodeGratitude.com!
      Inspired by, designed for and dedicated to the men and women who have served or are serving in Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Military, Click HERE FMI
      Remembering The Fallen
      Our members in Freeport remember the fallen at ceremonies with the Freeport Flag Ladies on September 11th
      MAP/Maine Law Enforcement Honored
      The Maine Military Museum has dedicated its learning center and function room to Maine's Finest
      Maine Law Enforcment Officers Memorial
      Augusta, Maine
      MAP in Washington
      MAP inducts Senator Susan Collins as an Honorary MAP Member for her unwavering support of first reponders
      MAP In Augusta
      Governor Baldacci signs LD 1021 into law providing security for retired first responders in Maine
      MAP in the Community
      MAP members from Auburn and Lewiston PD keeping thier communities safe at a prescription drug collection event.
      MAP Honoring the Sacrifices of our Veterans
      MAP Members at Arlington National Cemetery supporting Wreaths Across America
      MAP In the Community
      MAP Members from York Representing Maine at Fenway Park
      MAP Supporting Those Who Serve
      MAP Executive Director Paul Gaspar presents the Maine Troop Greeters with Laptops to help troops communicate with loved ones
      MAP remembers
      MAP members honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during National Police Week


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      Support CodeGratitude

      MAP is proud to be a supporter of Shannon Moss’ efforts to connect supportive businesses with the men and women in Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Military by offering discounts and special deals through CodeGratitude and CodeGratitude.com. A service that recognizes our nation's and communities' protectors.
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      Maine Law Enforcement Coalition
      -- Qualified Immunity --

      What Is Qualified Immunity ("QI")?

      Another great interview by Craig Poulin on behalf of the Maine Law Enforcement Coalition getting the facts out on Qualified Immunity and the effects of the efforts to eliminate it. LD 214 strips QI only for LEO’s and not any other segment of those protected by it. This includes prosecutors and judges; both of which are integral parts of the criminal justice system that somehow only LEO’s are being blamed for its current state.

      Help us in educating our communities and speaking out in the protection of Qualified Immunity (LD 214)!

      https://soundcloud.com/newsradio-wgan/colonel-craig-poulin-maine-state-troopers-association

      Colonel Craig Poulin | Maine State Troopers Association

      Great job by former MSP Colonel Craig Poulin on the WVOM Rick Tyler and George Hale Morning Show on behalf of the Maine Law Enforcement Coalition!

      LAW ENFORCEMENT IN MAINE IN 2020

      Maine Chiefs of Police - Maine Sheriffs - Maine Department of Public Safety

       The Maine Chiefs of Police Association, along with the Maine Sheriffs Association and the Maine Department of Public Safety have put together a joint informational document outlining the many how Maine has and continues to outpace the national effort to address the challenges in addressing police, public, and race relations.
      You can read the report HERE

      Maine Warmline for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

       



      Free Peer to Peer Support App from the All Clear Foundation

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      We know First Responder wellbeing is important to you, so we want to be sure you are aware of ResponderRel8 – the peer-to-peer app for First Responders that enables them to connect, commiserate and celebrate anonymously (if they choose).

      As you know, the complexities and stressors of response work are higher than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic so, thanks to generous donations from All Clear Foundation’s supporters, we’re currently providing subscription-free access to ResponderRel8. First Responders can share information, stressors and experiences anonymously with their colleagues – without fear, stigma or politics getting in the way.

       

      First Responders can access the app directly and chat with peers who have “been there, done that” – no association or organizational commitments required. It’s great for rural and volunteer responders who have very little access to resources as well as those in metro areas where it can complement in-person resources.


      The United States Department of Justice, DOJ

      DOJ announces how benefits will be determined when officers die from Coronavirus

      Written by Dianne Bernhard from our partners at Concerns Of Police Survivors.

      Dear Members of Law Enforcement,

      Stay home.  Socially distance yourself.  Work remotely.

      All of these are necessary advice given to all of us by our government and health leaders in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  But you as a law enforcement officer likely can’t take that advice.

      You have to go to work to answer the calls to keep us safe. You may or may not have adequate protective equipment, and you certainly don’t know who you may encounter or who may be a carrier of the virus.

      But we all know if a citizen with the virus calls 911 with an emergency, you will respond. Our safety and national security depends on it. 

      At the time this article is being written, at least 41 police officers have died as a result of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, there will likely be others. Right now the highest priority is to keep those death toll numbers as low as possible.

      Please take steps to limit your exposure at work whenever possible.  While reactive policing is not ideal, in times like this, it is unfortunately recommended.

      As a retired officer myself, I know our communities will eventually pay the price of having reactive versus proactive policing, but the steps to keep yourself and your families safe should now take priority. 

      The question is being asked at the local, state, and national level whether officer deaths from COVID-19 will be considered in the line of duty for the purpose of line-of-duty death benefits. 

      The Department of Justice Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) program put out a release today. Quoting straight from the Bureau of Justice release: 

      “To establish eligibility for benefits under the PSOB Act in connection with a public safety officer’s death or disability due to COVID-19, the PSOB Act and regulations require that the evidence show that it is more likely than not that the disease resulted from the public safety officer’s exposure to the disease or the virus that causes the disease, SARS-CoV-2, while performing a line of duty activity or action. 

      In general, BJA will find that the evidence shows a public safety officer with COVID-19 contracted it in the line of duty, when:

      (1) the officer had engaged in line of duty action or activity under circumstances that indicate that it was medically possible that the officer was exposed to the virus, SARS-CoV-2, while so engaged; and 

      (2) the officer did contract the disease, COVID-19, within a time-frame where it was medically possible to contract the disease from that exposure. 

      In addition, in the absence of evidence showing a different cause of death, BJA generally will find that the evidence shows a public safety officer who died while suffering from COVID-19 died as the direct and proximate result of COVID-19.”  

      So, what can you do now if you come down with COVID-19? 

      First, please follow all the advice of medical professionals.  This virus seems to be unpredictable as to whom it affects the most.  While those who are older or have underlying health issues seem to be the most at risk for bad outcomes, there are also perfectly healthy police officers who are dying from this virus. 

      Don’t underestimate it. If you are experiencing anxiety, please reach out to C.O.P.S. and we can put you in touch with someone for peer support.

      Second, document your exposure. If you know that while you were working you came into contact with someone who was known to have the virus, document the date, time, and names of those who were there. 

      If your agency has a method to document exposure, you should utilize that process. If your agency does not have a process, you should document the exposure yourself and make sure your supervisors have a copy of it. 

      If you do not know where you contracted the disease, document the hours you were at work and were in contact with the general public during the date range when the general public was asked to stay home and exercise social distancing. Most agencies have an ability to produce call logs that will show when you responded to calls for service. This may be helpful in establishing the evidence needed for your family to qualify for benefits, if it unfortunately becomes necessary.   

      Third, consider making a claim through workers’ compensation. The documentation you will use to document your exposure may prove valuable if a death benefit claim has to be made later. Your workers’ comp claim can be updated later if you ultimately succumb to the virus.  

      Last, if you have not updated your personal information for your family to use to make decisions in the event of your death, now is the time to do so. 

      You can click on this link to access a PDF form you can fill out and then print and put in a safe place. None of your personal information is saved through the form. C.O.P.S. always recommends this information and life insurance beneficiaries are kept up to date, even during times we are not experiencing a pandemic.  The peace of mind this provides to your family in the event of your death is invaluable.   

      At C.O.P.S. we know you do not have the luxury of social distancing. You should also know that C.O.P.S. is here as YOUR organization, committed to every law enforcement family that experiences the loss of their officer in the line of duty, due to this terrible virus. Every service available through C.O.P.S. will be available to these new families. 

      These are uncertain times. I personally would like to take just a minute to say thank you for what you are doing.  There are many heroes during this pandemic event, and you are one of them. While I am no longer considered an “essential” worker, you most certainly are.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      God bless and stay healthy!

      Special Announcement


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      MAP Has "Your SIX"

      We are proud to invite our members and supporters to the inaugural Maine Association of Police Podcast; "YOUR SIX"! This is the culmination of a long process of planning, technical assistance and hard work to bring a new level of communication and access to our members throughout the state.
      Your SIX will provide our members with topical and current issues affecting our law enforcement profession, including; legal, labor, family and all things related to our fraternal concern. We will be using both audio and video casts with a myriad of guests and topics.

      We are very honored to have Randy Sutton, a national speaker, subject expert, and former Las Vegas Metro PD Lieutenant as our first guest. We will be talking about Randy's new national initiative - "The Wounded Blue" and MAP being one of the first to partner and support the effort!

      YOUR SIX debuted at NOON TODAY on our Facebook page as well as our website, with the first episode open for public viewing . After this first viewing, this will become a member only accessible service for our loyal members. You can also now view our first episode using the link below.

      Stay safe and we have Your SIX!
      for more information about Rany Sutton & The Wounded Blue, go to;

      Listen to MAP Friends and Supporters Turquoise Willie Honor First Responders

      "Over the last several years we have spent time traveling around the country performing from coast to coast. During our time we have gotten to know many first responders and have to become quite close. Thanks to these friendships we have been given a glimpse into their lives and the sacrifices they make every day without question. There have been several tribute songs written throughout the years, but we wanted to take their stories and connect them into a piece of work that acts almost as a mission statement to convey the pride and camaraderie that exists in this international fraternity." 

      TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO THE JOB;, THANK YOU!


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