Former police chief starts security firm

BAR HARBOR — Former police chief Nate Young has launched his own private security firm.

Young incorporated Acadia Security Solutions in August of this year. In late October, he received a contract security company license from the Maine Department of Public Safety (DPS), Sgt. Michael Johnston of the Maine State Police Special Investigation Unit said Monday.

The license enables Young’s company to provide a range of security services as spelled out in Maine statute, including armored car service, prevention, observation or detection of any unauthorized activity on private property, protection of individuals from harm or theft, and street patrol services.

Young declined to comment to the Islander about his new venture, solely pointing out that the company was not yet active. It does not have a website or any indication that it is actively taking clients.

While the contract security license is provided by the DPS, it is Johnston’s unit that is in charge of reviewing applications and making sure that all relevant criteria are met. According to state statute, successful applicants will not have been convicted of a crime within the past five years, nor have any issues with drugs or mental disorders. The applicant will further submit to a full background check and be of good moral character. The issues reviewed to judge the latter involve recorded incidents of abuse, reckless conduct, civil violations and license suspensions.

As a contract security firm, Young’s company joins approximately 82 other similar businesses licensed to operate in the state, according to Johnston. A county-by-county breakdown was not available.

Young was police chief in Bar Harbor for over 25 years before he was terminated from his position by then-Town Manager Dana Reed in January of this year. The reasons for the termination, which was upheld by the town council in February, stemmed from a September 2013 incident at the Town Hill Market where Young was accused of being intoxicated behind the wheel of a parked vehicle and abusing his power over officers called to investigate the scene. See related story in this issue.

Young has consistently denied both allegations. No charges were filed related to the incident.

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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