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    • June 12, 2024

      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 Expanded Legal Services Through Sentinel
      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 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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      Action Center

      ROME — The Maine Association of Police recently bestowed three honors to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Travis Mills and his wife, Kelsey Mills. The couple opened the Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat in 2017 after Travis lost portions of all of his limbs in a 2012 IED explosion while serving this country in Afghanistan. Since then, thousands of recalibrated veterans and their families have learned to live life off the sidelines through adaptive sports, spending quality time together and meeting other veteran families, according to a news release from Molly Lovell-Keely at the foundation. Presenting the awards were Kevin Riordan, association president; Shane Stephenson, second vice president; Paul Gaspar, executive director; and Nancy Troubh, widow of William “Bill” Troubh, of whom one of the association’s top awards is in honor and memory.
      Special Announcements


      Victory!

      On behalf of MAP's board of directors, I am proud to announce that LD 2094 - "Resolve, to Require the Establishment of a Stakeholder Group to Examine and Improve the Recruitment, Retention and Wellness of Law Enforcement Officers" has been signed and put into effect by Governor Mills! This will mean that this important work will proceed with the formation of a stakeholder group and its subsequent study and report to the Maine Legislature in 2025. 

      As MAP's executive director, I cannot express what this small victory represents, not only for MAP and its partner members in the Maine Law Enforcement Coalition, but the thousands of first responders and their families that will hopefully be impacted by the results of this important work. I can tell you that MAP, its partners, and supporters are eager to participate in this stakeholder group, and begin a path to a restoration of our ranks, but more importantly, a clear, consistent and immediately responsive process to helping first responders and their families experiencing crises in their professional and personal lives. We have fallen too far behind in this endeavor and are compelled by sheer need and determination to ensure the improvements to our profession and address the toll it takes on our brothers and sisters throughout Maine.

      Please join the MAP Board of Directors and I in celebrating this important advancement and thanking the many people responsible for its conception and existence following this long and contentious legislative session! 

      To see/download a copy of the final resolve, go to:

      https://legislature.maine.gov/.../ser.../getDocument.aspx...

      As always: Stay safe, check in and watch out for each other! - PG

      MAP would like to thank the following on this momentous occasion;

      The Bill Sponsors;

      • President Troy D. Jackson, D - Aroostook

      • Representative Janice S. Dodge, D - Belfast

      • Senator Pinny Beebe-Center, D - Knox

      • Senator Craig Hickman, D - Kennebec

      • Senator Bradlee Thomas Farrin, R - Somerset

      • Senator Matthew A. Harrington, R - York

      • Senator Glenn Curry, D - Waldo

      • Senator Margaret Rotundo, D - Androscoggin

      The Supporting Members of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee - (with special thanks to Rep. Michael Lajoie and Sen. Matthew Harrington for their unwavering support);

      Rep. Donald Ardell 

      Sen. Anne Beebe-Center 

      Sen. Matthew Harrington 

      Sen. David LaFountain 

      Rep. Michel Lajoie 

      Rep. Daniel Newman 

      Rep. Robert Nutting 

      Rep. Chad Perkins 

      Rep. Suzanne Salisbury

      Our Consultants;

      Walton External Affairs

      Tim Walton/ Walton External Affairs

      Jon Courteny

      Peter Connell

      Julie Smith

      The Maine Law Enforcement Coalition Partners;

      Maine State Law Enforcement Association

      Maine State Troopers Association

      Maine Lodge; Fraternal Order of Police

      Please welcome our new Board of Directors Officers!

      On behalf of the MAP Board of Directors, I would like to recognize and welcome several of our individual members who have been elected to the Board at our annual meeting which was held on March 20th, 2024. I’d also like to thank the many member unit representatives who were able to join us as it’s member participation that drives our organization!

      We especially appreciate and are grateful to the following members who will be on your board of directors, filling much needed roles.

      MAP Vice President – Jacob Webster, Portland PD

      MAP Vice President – Craig Johnson, Lewiston PD

      MAP Secretary Treasurer – Ernie MacVane, Windham PD

      Please join us in welcoming and supporting Jacob, Craig and Ernie for their service to MAP and for helping us keep what makes MAP great on track for all our members throughout Maine.

      The Board would also like to extend its appreciation and gratitude to outgoing Vice President Chris Todd from South Portland PD. Chris has served on the board for over 12 years and not only distinguished himself during his long tenure, but has also played a significant role in directing and guiding our organization during our successes and challenges. Thank you, Chris, and please know that this comes with all the sentiments of our members as well.

      Over the next several weeks, we will be getting the new board members settled in and will then be sending their contact information so that local units will know who their assigned Vice President is as well as being able to share the information so that their unit members can update their MAP street reference guides. Thank you for your patience during this process and if there is an immediate need, please contact me, President Kevin Riordan, or Vice President’s Jonathan Barnes or Shane Stephenson, who are currently in the street reference guide.

      As always, thank you for your membership and support as it drives us to continue to offer the best representation and concern for you and your families. Our founding members knew in 1975, that a “By Cops, For Cops”, Maine only group, was what’s best for Maine’s LEO’s and Dispatchers.

      Stay safe, check in and watch out for each other,

      Paul Gaspar

      MAP Executive Director

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      DATE: May 1st, 2023 CONTACT: Paul Gaspar (207) 767-2558; admin@maineassociationofpolice.com

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

      The Fall 2022 Critical Insights survey finds that 84% of Mainers have a positive view of law enforcement.

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

      MLEC Media Release

      MLEC Poll Tables

      MLEC Graphs

      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 620 respondents from across the state over the phone and online. All survey respondents were registered voters who live in Maine. The results show that 84% of Mainers have an overall positive view of law enforcement.

      Additionally, over three quarters (77%) of surveyed voters believe law enforcement contributes to the moderate to high levels of safety in Maine, and a total of ninety-two percent (92%) of 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 Kevin Anderson 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 just under 100 percent of 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). “It shows that they truly represent MAINE’S experience with the high caliber of men and women serving their communities, and NOT the national or political party narratives or representations used to engender dangerous and unnecessary policy.”

      “This poll is a true representation of how Maine citizens view our Law Enforcement Officers,” said Joe Bureau, President of the Maine State Troopers Association.  “Maine Troopers, alongside all Maine Law Enforcement Officers, rely on community support to be successful in our public safety mission.  We need the same from our lawmakers as we receive from our citizens to collectively meet the challenges we are faced with daily.  Staffing shortages and initiatives to address these needs have to continue to be a priority."

      About the Maine Law Enforcement Coalition (MLEC): MLEC is made up of the four labor unions below 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 400 officers from 12 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; and Judicial Marshals. 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) 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 good will 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.

      Awards Conferred at the 23rd Annual Maine Association of Police Awards Dinner

      The Board of Directors of the Maine Association of Police is proud to announce the following individuals as those being conferred with awards at the 22nd Annual Maine Association of Police Awards Banquet on January 27th, 2024.

      We would also like to extend our special thanks to the following for helping make the MAP Awards Banquet a success;

      Chris Gower: Ben’s Uniforms

      Annemarie Napolitano: Admiral Fire and Safety

      Ron Doucette, Anchor Engraving
      Maine Public Safety Pipes and Drums
      Kim McDonough & Staff: The Portland Elks Club

      Jim Fahey

      Our Members and Retirees

       
      Please join us in celebrating the incredible service of these officers, civilians, and businesses as well as all of Maine's First Responders. Congratulations and Incredible Service on Behalf of the Citizens and State of Maine!



      Business Recognition Award:

      Wellness Center of Maine

      Healing Partners Psychiatric Services

      James Durant Civilian Recognition Award:

      Jodi McGary, LCSW

      Laura Feaga, MSN, PMHNP-BC

      Jason Miller, LCPC

      Karen Smith, LCSW


      David W. Pickering Chiefs Award:

      Chief Sean Lally, Westbrook PD

      President’s Recognition Award:

      Sgt. Ryan Close, Franklin County SO


      Lifetime Achievement Award:

      Officer Douglas Maifeld, Rumford PD


      Heroism Award:
       

      Officer Spencer Simoneau, Lewiston PD

      Sergeant Donald Miller, Rumford, PD

      Corporal Robert Angelo, Ellsworth PD

      Officer James Hassard, Ellsworth PD

      Sergeant David Bruni, Gorham PD

      Sergeant Michael Coffin, Gorham PD

      Chief Kenneth Fickett, Gorham Fire Department


      Officer of the Year Awards:

      The Men and Women of the Lewiston Police Department

      Communications Officer of the Year Award:

      Dispatcher Aaron Stewart, Wells PD


      Larry Gross Cop’s Cop Awards:

      Detective Philip Robinson, Westbrook PD



      Meritorious Service Awards:

      Detective Jon Stearns

      The Men and Women of the Lewiston Auburn 911 Center

      Officer Taylor Stroup, Gorham PD

      Lifesaving Awards:

      Corporal Brian Beauparlant, Lewiston PD

      Corporal Cody Hogan, Old Orchard Beach PD

      Wayne “Pooch” Drown School Resource Officer Awards:

      Officer Caleb Gray, South Portland PD

      Special Recognition/Donation from MAP Charities:

      The Maine Military Museum & Learning Center, South Portland; $500.00

      Larry Gross Cops' Cop Award

      2022 – Andrew Flynn, (Scarborough PD)

      2021 – Les Smith (Portland PD)

      2020 - Robert Susi (Falmouth PD, Ret.)

      2017 - Jeff Hawkins (Portland PD)

      2016 - John Desjardins (Westbrook PD)

      2015 - Robert Morin (Lewiston PD)

      2014 - Paul Fenton (Cape Elizabeth PD)

      2013 - Steve Webster (South Portland PD)

      2012 - Christopher St. Pierre (Old Orchard Beach PD)

      2011 - Jeffrey Bearce (Waterville PD)

      2010 - Richard Vogel (Portland PD)

      2009 - Kevin Riordan (Old Orchard Beach PD)

      2008 - Bangor Police Department

      2007 - Larry Gross (Posthumously)

      2006 - Sean Lally (Westbrook PD)

      2005 - Dana Thompson (Gorham PD)

      2004 - Kevin Haley (Portland PD)

      2003 - Steve Lyons (Westbrook PD)

      2002 - Jeff McCue/Jim Fahey (So. Portland PD)

      2001 - Dan Young (Portland PD)

      2000 - Don Goulet (Brunswick PD)

      Officer of the Year Award

      2022 – Les Smith (Portland PD)

      2021 – Jim Fearon (Old Town PD, Ret.)

      2020 - The Men and Women of the Farmington Police Department

      2017 - Brad Gallant (Rumford PD)

      2016 - William Bonney (Waterville Police Department)

      2015 - Jason Joiner (Buxton Police Department)

      2014 - Gino Bianchini (Freeport Police Department)

      2013 - Tracey Higley (Rumford Police Department)

      2012 - Jason Burke (Windham PD)

      2011 - Ken Cronin (South Portland PD) 

      2010 - Terry Goan (Brunswick PD)

      2009 - Larry Morrill (Bangor PD)

      2008 - Randall Parsons (Bangor PD, Posthumously)

      2007 - Tom Donahue (Houlton PD)

      2006 - Robert Libby (South Portland PD)

      2005 - Paul Gaspar (Cape Elizabeth PD)

      2004 - Amy Gagne (Sanford PD)

      2003 - Kevin Riordan (OOB PD)

      2002 - New York PD/Port Authority PD

      2001 - Mark Day (Lewiston PD, Posthumously)

      2000 - Jim Sweatt (Portland PD)

      Lifetime Achievement

      2022 – Janine Roberts

      2020 - Robert Libby (South Portland PD, Ret.)

      2017 - Brad Paul (Saco PD, Ret.)

      2016 - Steven Webster (South Portland Police Department)

      2015 - Ronald Shepard (Gorham PD, Ret.)

      2014 Harold Trask (Saco PD, Ret.)

      2013 - Jim Fahey (South Portland PD)

      2012 - Kevin Schofield (Brunswick PD, Ret.)

      2011 Wayne Coffin (Gorham PD)

      2010 - Deputy Chief (Ret.) Gordon L. Littlefield (Sanford PD)

      2009 - James Rioux (Lewiston PD, Posthumously)

      2008 - Linda Barker (South Portland PD)

      2007 - Michael Sanphy (Westbrook PD)

      2006 - Donald Goulet (Brunswick PD, ret.)

      2005 - Bill Troubh (Troubh/Heisler, PA)

      2004 - Ron Damon (South Portland PD)

      2003 - John Reed (Gorham PD, Posthumously)

      2002 - Billy Hogan (Portland PD)

      2001 - Mike Walsh (Cape Elizabeth PD)

      2000 - Gerard "Butch" Guimond (South Portland PD)

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      William B. Troubh Leadership

      2022 – Daniel Tourtelotte (Maine State Law Enforcement Assoc.)

      2021 – Travis and Kelsey Mills (Travis Mills Foundation)

      All Maine Heroes Remembered 

      During the 2022 National Police Week, National Peace Officers' Day and every day, we remember all those here and throughout the nation who have laid down their lives in service to their communities and families. Godspeed heroes.

      "Always Remembered, Never Forgotten"

      - The men and women of the Maine Association of Police

      "Always Remembered, Never Forgotten"

                             SCSO Cpl. Eugene Cole              MSP Det.Sgt. Ben Campbell            HCSO Dep. Luke Gross


      Officer Wellness and Mental Health 

      Don't wait until the crisis unfolds; see the everyday signs in the everyday things we do in this job and take action - for ourselves, each other, and our families!

      Stay safe, check in, and watch out for each other.


      Law enforcement is incredibly stressful and the current health culture is, in some cases, non-existent. Additionally, the tests offered to LEOs too often do not have the diagnostic capabilities to isolate high-risk individuals or provide a quality system of cardiac screening for low-risk individuals before they become critical. 

      Watch this webinar, sponsored by Sigma, where experts will discuss how critical screening and wellness is in policing.
       
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      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
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      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!

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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!
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