VASSALBORO – A former Acadia National Park ranger and Mount Desert police officer was honored Tuesday with the Maine State Police Trooper of the Year Award.
Cpl. Christopher Smith of Hancock received the award at a ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
Smith, who grew up in Machias, said Wednesday that he was proud to have been selected for the award.
Smith began his law enforcement career as a ranger at Glacier National Park in Montana. He later became a ranger at Acadia National Park before joining the Mount Desert Police Department, where he was a patrol officer for four years. In 2008 he became a state police trooper assigned to Troop J, which covers Hancock and Washington counties.
Three-and-a-half years ago, Smith was joined by a canine partner, Winger. Winger is Troop J’s only drug-detection dog.
“Corporal Smith is one of the best field training officers in the state police with a natural ability to instruct younger Troopers and he is a true role model,” State Police Col. Robert Williams said.