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    • December 01, 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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      National Peace Officers Day- Flags at Half Staff May 15th, 2021
      Early Half-Staff Alert Sat., May 15, 2021, Sunrise to Sunset Peace Officers Memorial Day President Biden issued a proclamation for the U.S. flag to be
      Coming 09-24-2020
      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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      National Peace Officers Day- Flags at Half Staff May 15th, 2021

      Early Half-Staff Alert Sat., May 15, 2021, Sunrise to Sunset Peace Officers Memorial Day President Biden issued a proclamation for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day which will be Saturday, May 15, 2021.
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       Hallowed Ground

      2021 Virtual National Law Enforcement Memorial
      Candlelight Vigil - Washington DC

      WABI-TV5 will be live streaming all of Thursday’s events on their website and Facebook pages at noon.

      Website: https://www.wabi.tv/

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WABITV5

      Godspeed Brother

      Our thoughts are with the family of Deputy Gross, our brothers and sisters at Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and our fellow first responders throughout the State of Maine. Godspeed and Rest easy Brother, your service will not be forgotten.

      Please take a moment to keep a thought for Deputy Gross and the men and women who work diligently to protect our communities and great state.

      Stay Safe, Check On and Watch Out For Each Other.

      Deputy Luke Gross memorial service details

      WABI.TV

      Deputy Luke Gross memorial service details

      The memorial service for fallen Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Gross will be held Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.




      Gofundme Support for Erin & Remembering Jeff Hawkins

      Link to Gofundme Page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-erin-hawkins?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

        

      Hi, my name is Liana Washburn and I'm Erin and Jeff's sister-in-law.

      Early in the evening on Monday, June 7, Jeff and Erin were taking their new Harley out for a ride and were hit by a car. Both Erin and Jeff were wearing helmets, but that was not enough to protect them from the impact of the crash. Jeff died from injuries sustained in the accident and Erin was rushed to the hospital, where she remains in stable but critical condition.

      Jeff was a long-time veteran of the Portland police department, as well as a former Marine who graduated from boot camp at the top of his class. He was also deeply dedicated to his family. Jeff's nephew Carter was recently assigned a school project that involved interviewing and writing an essay about his personal hero, and Carter chose Jeff. During their conversation, Carter asked Jeff how he would like to be remembered. Jeff said: "the most important thing is to be remembered for being honest and having integrity. And [my] family and friends count the most." We are totally devastated to have lost a friend, family member, and role model in Jeff, and we know he was all those things to you too. We intend to update this page with information regarding services for Jeff as plans take shape.

      Erin's life changed in an instant and she now has a long road ahead of her, recovering from complicated, serious injuries, and navigating how to move forward after losing the love of her life. We take great comfort knowing she has a strong community of support and are so grateful to everyone who loves and cares about her.

      We have set up this fundraising page to support Erin in the many things she will need in the future, and put money towards services for Jeff. Thanks again for your love and support.


      It is with heavy hearts that we share the devastating news in the loss of Retired Portland PD Officer Jeff Hawkins who was killed in a traffic collision on Monday, June 7th. Like many, we are struggling to come to grips, and words, to express the loss of an incredible and devoted brother, friend, and husband. We are set back in trying to find the best way to process our loss as well as support Jeff’s family and his wife, Erin, who continues to fight her injuries sustained in the accident as well.

      As a MAP member and supporter throughout his career, we are committed to keeping our members informed as to coming arrangements as well as any and all opportunities to show love and support to Erin and both their families. Quite simply, it is the same commitment that would be demanded and shown by Jeff; a good man, a cop’s cop, a brother to many, and a friend to all.

      You will have to go very far and wide to find an individual who personified what we hold dear in our profession as Jeff Hawkins did. Terms such as duty, honor, service, compassion, and fraternal concern were more than just generic or obligatory words to Jeff; they were the basis of a life spent serving a greater cause and defending others who may not have been able to defend themselves.

      Coming from a family steeped in military service, Jeff served his country with distinction as a United States Marine before assuming the mantle of serving the people of Maine as a MAINE law enforcement officer. For 25 years, he always believed in the mission and never wavered in knowing what was right and just, and what was an unacceptable reflection of it. No one deserved the rest and reflection of retirement more than Jeff, and to have that taken from him strikes us all to the core.

      It reminds us all of the tolls this profession exacts, the horrors we see, and the fragility of life that no matter how much we try, cannot be escaped in that service to others – that although we don a badge, there is no shield from mortality or the pain and anguish borne by it.

      One of our greatest moments was in 2017 in which MAP conferred Jeff with the Larry Gross Cop’s Cop Award. It was a selection that needed little consideration, and was supported by the many incredible and individual stories of how Jeff made an immeasurable impact in our ranks; not only as a street cop but as the brother who could be counted upon to lend a hand or an ear to a fellow officer who was in need or struggling. Jeff emulated this in our early traditions that are sorely needed, but lacking today and is in keeping with the fraternal values instilled by our founding members and our mentor, Larry Gross.

      Jeff, being rightly inducted into this small number of the Larry Gross Cop’s Cop Award recipients throughout our 51-year history, solidifies the certainty that there remains only a select group who represent the best of us and this profession. A single member’s loss will surely result in an immediate and immeasurable chasm in our collective history and traditions; traditions that exist only among the dedicated men and women of the MAINE law enforcement profession.

      On a personal note, I have been struggling with cataloging in my memory the many times I had the good fortune to spend time with Jeff. I was blessed to be a regular recipient of his “Buddy Checks” as many were, and although we were almost the same age he always greeted me like a younger brother; with a headlock and obligatory older brother “nuggie”. They hurt like hell and pulled out what little hair I have left on top, but I'll miss them and I wouldn't decry a single one of them.

      Many times he would stop by the MAP office and we would end up spending hours discussing the trials and tribulations of the job today, but also how much we would not have traded our experiences or friendships for the world. These talks would last sometimes 4-5 hours and when we parted after, I was always grateful that somehow, I was chosen by him to be in his circle and worthy of such times. It now gives me some comfort and allows me to experience the ability to say; “I wasn’t a hero, but I served in their company and called them Brother”. I will miss him terribly but will always be grateful and mindful of his memory.

      Many of us will have our memories of Jeff and his incredible impact on us. It is my hope for you all that these memories will give you strength and renew your sense of honor and purpose that Jeff exhibited in his life, loves, and service.

      My request and hope, now more than ever to you all; Stay safe and watch out for each other.

      - PG

      Maine Law Enforcement Coalition - A Message From Our Family To Yours

      The Maine Law Enforcement Coalition Represents 3,000 MAINE law enforcement officers and their families. The recent and misinformed attacks on MAINE'S law enforcement officers, based on a national and political narrative, affect the safety and wellbeing Of not only the officers themselves but their spouses, children, and families as well. The Coalition asks for your help in letting our representatives in Augusta and Washington know that MAINE's law enforcement officers need their help and support; not their attacks. Thank you!

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      DATE: April 27, 2021
      CONTACT: Craig Poulin (207) 557-1232director@mainestatetroopers.com


      New poll shows broad public support of local law enforcement in Maine.


      The Spring 2021 Critical Insights survey finds that 82% of Mainers have a positive view of law enforcement.


      Augusta, MAINE – The Maine Law Enforcement Coalition (MLEC) is pleased to share the results of a new poll that finds a large majority of Mainers hold a positive view of law enforcement in the State of Maine.


      The survey included 789 respondents from across the state over the phone and online. All survey respondents were registered voters who live in Maine. The results show that 82% of Mainers have an overall positive view of law enforcement.


      Additionally, more than eight out of ten surveyed voters believe law enforcement contributes to the high level of safety in Maine, and nine out of ten voters in Maine believe the state’s shortage of law enforcement officers should be a priority for lawmakers.


      This indicates overall broad public support of Maine’s law enforcement community and shows that Maine people know law enforcement is a major factor in keeping their communities safe.


      “A supermajority of Mainers say they have full faith in their local law enforcement officers,” said Dan Tourtelotte of the Maine Law Enforcement Association (MSLEA), “This shows that we have earned the trust of the communities in which our members are active. Maine law enforcement professionals should be proud that the Maine people have their back.”


      “When nine out of ten voters are saying the legislature should be focusing on the law enforcement shortage here in Maine and more than half are saying it should be a major priority, our elected officials should be listening, said Joel Wilkinson of the Maine Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). “Lawmakers ought to be proposing ways in which we can recruit
      and encourage Mainers to enter a law enforcement profession.”


      “We are proud that the people of Maine are able to separate their opinions about the national conversations surrounding policing from their own experiences with local, Maine law enforcement,” added Paul Gaspar of the Maine Association of Police (MAP).


      “At a time when it is all too easy to get caught up in the negative narrative, it should be encouraging to law makers and citizens alike to see how Maine citizens view their law enforcement professionals. All coalition members agree that there is always room for improvement and thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps this philosophy accounts in part for the strong support of Maine’s citizens,” said Craig Poulin of the Maine State Troopers Association (MSTA)


      Attached is the summary of findings of the Critical Insights survey.


      About the Maine Law Enforcement Coalition (MLEC): MLEC is made up of the below six labor unions representing a wide variety of Maine law enforcement professionals.


      The Maine State Law Enforcement Association (MSLEA) acts as the bargaining agent for member agencies in the state of Maine Law Enforcement Bargaining Unit. MSLEA has a 16 member, all-volunteer, Board of Directors and Officers and approximately 340 officers from 11 state law enforcement groups including: Attorney General Detective; Adult Probation Officer; Capitol Police Officer; Department of Corrections Investigator; Game Warden; Fire Investigator; Forest Ranger; Juvenile Community Corrections Officer; Marine Patrol Officer; Motor Vehicle Detective; Military Security Police. The primary mission of MSLEA is to protect and preserve the collective bargaining rights, job related civil liberties and labor destiny of Association membership, to ensure fair and equitable treatment of the MSLEA membership in matters arising from administrative investigations and employment related disciplinary actions. Additional responsibilities are to draft and support legislation to benefit State law enforcement and member agencies, to anticipate trends and develop training opportunities to ensure that the State’s law enforcement agencies have the faith of the people they serve through ethical conduct commensurate with the Code of Ethics for modern law enforcement officers.

      The Maine Association of Police (MAP) was established in 1975 by a small group of local police associations. The mission of this group of individual associations was to self-govern and on the local and state level, advocate for the safety and working conditions of Maine full time municipal police officers and public safety dispatchers. MAP now represents 47 local associations in their respective municipalities spanning a membership of approximately 950 members in addition to a dedicated association of law enforcement retirees. MAP works cooperatively with our municipalities to represent our members in many facets of their profession, including collective bargaining, legal and legislative representation, and training in state, as well as federal labor law. It has, and will continue to be, our goal to work proactively and professionally in forwarding the cause of our members and the protection of the citizens and communities they serve.


      The Maine State Troopers Association (MSTA) was established in 1971 and since then has been the sole registered bargaining agent for its members. Any sworn member of the Maine State Police below the rank of lieutenant can be a member. MSTA currently has 250 members comprised of Troopers, Corporals, Sergeants, Detectives, Polygraph Examiners, Pilots, and Specialists.The purpose for which this Association is formed is the following: 1) To represent and act as bargaining agent in matters of wages, hours and other working conditions and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection of and for the members of the Maine State Troopers Association; 2) To promote and develop a friendly and fraternal spirit among all of the members of the Bureau of State Police (hereinafter called the “State Police”); 3) To mitigate the hazards of our work; 4)To preserve and foster goodwill with the citizens of and all people in the State of Maine and to encourage cooperative understandings and agreements with all organizations, agencies and officers of the government concerned with the State Police in the State of Maine for the mutual benefit of its members and the improvement of the public service.


      The Maine Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) proudly represents over 850 sworn municipal and county law enforcement officers from York County to Aroostook County. Our primary role is to provide professional labor services regarding negotiating collective bargaining agreements and providing legal support for its members. We are committed to improving the safety and working conditions of law enforcement officers and the profession through all legal and ethical means in an effort to further build upon the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property. We are part of the National Fraternal Order of Police which represents more than 330,000 sworn law enforcement officers across the country in more than 2,200 lodges.


      The Maine Service Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, is a member-run union representing over 12,000 Maine workers. We represent Maine workers at the Maine Community College System, the Maine Military Authority, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Turnpike Authority, Maine Public Employees Retirement System, York County Government, the City of Lewiston, Lewiston Schools, the City of Auburn, Preble Street, Child Development Services, the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf/Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Maine People’s Alliance, the American Red Cross in Bangor, Home Care for Maine, Green Valley Association in Patten, Treats Falls House in Orono, and workers in all three branches of Maine State Government. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was founded during the Great Depression on a simple idea – that a professional civil service is essential to a strong democracy. The business of the people should be carried out by individuals dedicated to serving their communities, not those who have close connections to politicians. This idea has sustained AFSCME through nearly nine decades, as it has grown from a fledgling organization of a few thousand people to one of the most potent forces in the labor movement. The International Union, based in Washington, D.C., coordinates the union’s actions on major national issues such as privatization, fair taxes and health care. The International also provides resources to councils and local unions for organizing, bargaining, political action and education, and administers members-only benefits. Every two years, delegates to AFSCME’s International Convention decide on the union’s basic policies. Every four years they elect the International Union’s President, Secretary-Treasurer and 35 regional vice presidents. AFSCME has approximately 3,400 local unions and 58 councils and affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Every local writes its own constitution, designs its own structure, elects its own officers and sets its own dues.


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      Maine Law Enforcement Coalition
      -- Qualified Immunity --

      What Is Qualified Immunity ("QI")?

      Listen to Craig Poulin from the Maine Law Enforcement Coalition on WVOM with Rick Tyler and George Hale discussing the Coalition’s Critical Insights poll which has been completely ignored by all of the local and state media in Maine.

      It’s important for all Maine LEOs and their families to know that over 80% of Maine citizens and voters support you, know you make Maine safe, and that you are a priority in keeping Maine one of the SAFEST states in the nation!

      Colonel Craig Poulin | Maine State Troopers Association

      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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