Officers graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro salute. STATE POLICE PHOTO

New Criminal Justice Academy class graduates

ELLSWORTH — Maine’s 63 newest law enforcement officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

The officers spent 18 weeks studying and training at the academy. Most will begin patrolling immediately, just in time for Memorial Day weekend enforcement efforts.

The graduation speaker was Governor Paul LePage.

“With your help, we will make this state safer and an even better place for the future,” he told graduates. “Your road ahead will not be easy. But whatever challenges tomorrow may bring, I know that you are ready to meet the challenge.”

Among the many topics the officers studied were crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Among the graduates were 13 state police trooper recruits, game wardens and Marine Patrol wardens, who will continue training with their departments before patrolling on their own.

The graduates included Jerrod Hardy of the Bar Harbor Police Department, Brian Archer of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin Burke Jr. of the Southwest Harbor Police Department.

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