The Patrol Division of the Brunswick Police Department answers calls for service ranging from criminal matters, to traffic violations, to quality of life issues. Depending on the need and weather conditions, patrol may be done by motor vehicle, boat, foot, or bicycle. When officers are not responding to calls for service, or writing the reports they generate, they patrol the community - alert for criminal, motor vehicle, and town ordinance violations. Officers are also always looking for ways to interact positively with the community.
Our patrol division is divided into three squads, each of which is supervised by a lieutenant and sergeant. A unique aspect of our patrol territory is that it includes miles of coastline and hundreds of acres of productive clam flats. In order to service these areas, in addition to the three squads, we have a marine warden and an assistant to enforce the shellfish laws and ordinances and assist with water rescues.
The Brunswick Police Department established a collision reconstruction unit in 1999.
Crisis Negotiation Team
Throughout the years, the Crisis Negotiation Team members have responded to call outs involving suicidal individuals, domestic crises, high risk search warrants, and barricaded suspects. To date, all incidents have been successfully resolved without further injury to those involved or the officers.
Drug Recognition Experts
A drug recognition expert (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Brunswick Police Honor Guard was formed in 1998 by now-retired Chief of Police Jerry Hinton, and former department member Lieutenant Mark LaFountain.
Our K-9 handlers undergo a lengthy training course with their partners before they are sent to patrol. The usual function of the Police K-9 is to assist police officers in the performance of their wide range of duties.
Marine Resource Unit
The town of Brunswick has over 1600 acres of inter-tidal shellfish growing areas within the sixty-one miles of coastal shoreline. The Marine Resource Unit provides shellfish management, reseeding programs, marine conservation and search and rescue. The Marine resource Unit is comprised of one full-time police officer / Harbor Master with one part-time sworn assistant. The Marine Unit conducts patrols from the agency’s power boat, and unmanned aerial vehicle. The unit is often called upon for mutual aid to Maine’s Marine Patrol, Maine Warden Service, neighboring police and sheriff departments, and surrounding Harbor Masters.
Mountain Bike Unit
The Brunswick Police Department started a Mountain Bike Unit in 1993 with two officers assigned to bicycles as a means to supplement the downtown walking beat.
Special Response Team
The specially-equipped and highly-trained personnel of the Brunswick Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) strives to bring a successful conclusion to high-risk situations while minimizing the risk of harm to the citizens of our community, law enforcement personnel, and suspects.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
The Brunswick Police Departments Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are very powerful and versatile officer and community safety tools. Light weight and easy to transport, UAVs can be quickly deployed to assist police in enhancing public safety, and search and rescue operations. The UAVs will utilize a high definition camera and/or forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera system to provide real time situational awareness, which will help public safety officers in locating both suspects and victims.