Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for major crimes, cold cases, sex offenders, victim services, School Resource Officers, youth services, child protective services, federal agency liaisons, and much more. This division is comprised of a lieutenant, a sergeant, three detectives, and two school resource officers.
The role of computers and portable media devices such as cell phones and GPS devices in criminal activity has increased significantly in recent years. Accordingly, these devices frequently contain vital evidence, including user information, call logs, location information, text messages, emails, images, and audio and video recordings.
Evidence and Court Services
The Property and Evidence Coordinator ensures the proper and safe collection, storage, return, or destruction of items coming into the custody of the department while the court officer acts as a conduit between the department and the court ensuring the proper flow of paperwork and officer appearances.
School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is the next step in Community Oriented Policing (COP). The SRO is an asset used by the community and the school in an attempt to address situations in the lives of students in a forum other than the judicial system. The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. Besides being an active high-profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrates regarding law issues. Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other service agencies which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand in hand with the principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school-age children of the new millennium.
The SRO program is a proactive approach to dealing with the pressures today’s young people find themselves having to confront. This includes the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, along with peer pressure, gang activity, and sex. These situations are not only in the schools but in the community as well. The approach of addressing these issues only in the school, or only in the community, has not been completely effective.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Resident Agent
All Maine communities are affected by drug use and abuse. The availability of illegal drugs, diverted prescription medications, related crime, medical and legal costs and the lives they impact are evidence of this. Without an effective enforcement program to disrupt the drug market, the State is unable to undermine the ability of drug suppliers to meet, expand, and profit from the drug demand. An ineffective program impacts the State’s ability to support prevention efforts by making initiation to drug use more difficult and fails to contribute to treatment efforts by eroding the ability of users to sustain their habits. The MDEA, through its regional multi-jurisdictional task forces, is the lead state agency in confronting drug trafficking crime.
The effective and efficient use of limited resources and personnel is essential. Every MDEA Regional Task Force works closely with the Maine State Police, the Sheriff’s Offices, and area police departments. Geography, population, and caseload require good working relationships, partnerships, communication, collaboration, and information exchanges with all drug investigative entities working together to maximize the utilization of limited resources and personnel.
The MDEA, as a cornerstone of the State’s enforcement strategy to address drug abuse and trafficking, provides the administrative platform for the effective and efficient use of limited resources. It is through the MDEA that the skills, expertise, and experience of officers assigned to its task force groups are brought together as a statewide drug task force.