From Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland:
“Maine’s eight newest troopers received their badges today in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new troopers completed ten weeks of specialized State Police training, which is in addition to the eighteen weeks of training required for all Maine police officers. State Police continue to have nineteen trooper vacancies out of their 330 person compliment, even with eight other trooper recruits enrolled in the basic police school, also taking place at the academy. The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before patrolling on their own.
Administrating the oath of office was the Chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams, who told the new troopers, “ You will have a huge impact on the communities you serve. People will call you because they expect you can solve all of their problems and sometimes your presence is all that is needed. Treat everyone with respect and dignity.”
[See photo above] Dana Austin grew up in Ellsworth and is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Austin is a former officer with Mount Desert Island Police and also was a deputy with the Hancock Sheriff’s Office.