Police Chief, Bruce Boucher
The Chief of Police leads the police department and is responsible for its overall operation. He plans and executes the budget; authorizes all policies and procedures; and works closely with other department heads, community leaders, and other agencies to ensure that Rockland’s citizens receive the best police services possible.
Deputy Police Chief, Chris Young
The Deputy Police Chief provides leadership and command for all uniformed patrol, Criminal Investigations and specialty services such as the Crash Reconstruction, Harbor Patrol, DRE Program, etc. He is second-in-command of the police department and serves as Chief in the Chief’s absence.
The patrol division is the foundation of the Rockland Police Department. Nearly all citizen contact with the Police Department starts with and often times is exclusively with the Patrol Division. The patrol officer is the first officer to respond to calls for assistance and is the officer who is visible in the community to render aid and help to make the community safer.
Patrol Officers take initial complaints, conduct investigations as necessary, and develop a resolution which may include court action. The initial officer may enlist the help of other officers, detectives or officers from other agencies.
Patrol Officers are also responsible for the safe flow of traffic through the city. They investigate accidents, enforce traffic laws, and direct traffic at accident scenes and special functions. Frequently the only contact one has with a Patrol Officer is the result of some type of traffic related incident.
It is our mission to promote the highest level of public safety and quality of life, through exceptional police service to town residents, businesses and visitors. Focusing first and foremost on crime prevention, protection of people and property and the preservation of peace and order, through fair equitable enforcement of laws, while carefully safeguarding the dignity of all of those who are touched by the process.
The Motorcycle Patrol Unit consists of a 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide police motorcycle.
The Motorcycle Patrol Unit operates during the day and night, as weather permits. The motorcycle is outfitted with much of the same equipment found in a patrol car.
The officers assigned to the Motorcycle Patrol Unit have the same objectives as regular patrol officers: protect life and property, enforce Maine’s criminal and motor vehicle laws, and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in Rockland. However, the motorcycle officers concentrate their patrols in the residential developments and shopping areas to better interact with the public. Additionally, when requested, the Motorcycle Patrol Unit will provide escorts and traffic assistance for dignitaries, funerals, parades, and other special events in Rockland.
Officers who are assigned to the unit must complete an extensive training program. The officers are required to perform slow speed maneuvers while maintaining total control over the motorcycle. “Cone courses” are set up to simulate real world riding situations in which the officers must avoid obstacles, make tight u-turns, and use the motorcycle for cover from gunfire.
The Bike Patrol Unit’s goal is to provide our residents and visitors to the city with an unsurpassed level of expertise and dedication. They embrace the idea of community policing by making themselves more approachable and accessible to the citizens of our community. The Bike Officer’s primary responsibility is to facilitate positive police / civilian relations by interfacing with the general public throughout the city on a daily basis.
In addition to routine daily activities, the Bicycle Patrol staffs as many community events as possible including but not limited to the Lobster Festival, and Blues Festival. The Bike Unit also participate in bike rodeos and safety talks throughout the summer months.
The Rockland Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit is committed to reducing quality of life offenses throughout the city and dedicated to keeping the City of Rockland a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit. Often used in targets where calls for service are high, the unit focuses on offenses such as public intoxication, street level substance abuse, common disruptions of disorderly groups, and parking/noise violations. The stealth approach of the bicycles has surprised many an unwitting criminal here in Rockland.
The community has been very receptive to the Bicycle Patrol Officers and many residents are now requesting additional bicycle patrols in their neighborhoods. Members of the Rockland Police Bicycle Patrol truly believe in the mutual benefits of community policing and look forward to fostering positive community relations for many years to come.
In conjunction with the Maine Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard, the members of the Rockland Harbor Patrol enforce marine laws within the Rockland Harbor. Our mission includes ensuring the safety of all boaters and the protection of coastal property. In addition to this, we also respond to rescue calls, vessels in distress, and incidences on the Rockland Breakwater. We work closely with our local Harbor Master to ensure compliance within the mooring areas.
The drug recognition expert’s main focus is the detection and recognition of drug-impaired drivers. But DREs have used, and continue to use, their specialized training and skills to assist in many other areas of public safety. Many DREs are considered the drug experts in their communities and their agencies. Rockland Police Department DRE’s are some of the best in the state. They have been used to testify in court, speak to legislature, giving advise for the implementation of laws and a resource for other officers and the community.
Since the program’s inception with the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1970s, police officers trained as DREs have shown that their drug recognition skills and training not only help them accurately identify persons impaired by drugs and alcohol—but also enable them to serve as a valuable community resource as well.
The Liquor Enforcement Unit patrols the establishments with liquor licenses and write administrative violations if needed.
These officers work closely with the supervisor of liquor licensing in Augusta Maine.
The Liquor Enforcement Unit frequently check establishments within the city for administrative violations. These administrative violations are supportive to other criminal violations like underage drinking and operating under the influence (OUI).
In the year 2010 the the Liquor Enforcement Unit conducted 14 compliance checks in the city. The Liquor Enforcement Unit issued 5 warnings for administraive violations and issued 9 summonses for Allowing a Visibly intoxicated person (VIP) to remain on premise, Sale to VIP, allowing liquor to leave the licensed property.
In addition to the Liquor Enforcement Unit the Rockland Police Department participated in several special enforcement details focusing on OUI Enforcement and underage drinking.
Administrative Secretary, Sandi Stauffer-Freeman
The Administrative Secretary works with the Chief and Deputy Police Chiefs in administrative functions. She also processes all billing and payroll requirements, and assists records personnel as necessary.
Parking Enforcement, Troy Peasley
The Parking Enforcement Officer patrols the downtown area enforcing parking violations on Main Street. The Parking Enforcement Officer also patrols parking lots looking for Handicapped and fire lane violations.
Animal Control Officer (ACO), Troy Peasley
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The Rockland Police Department Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is presently staffed by one supervisor who holds the rank of Sergeant and two Detectives. The primary tasks of the CID is the investigation of all criminal activity that has impact on the City of Rockland and its citizens. If the investigation is linked to numerous other investigations involving several officers, or is an investigation requiring specialized training the Criminal Investigations Division becomes the primary investigator.
It is the responsibility of the Rockland Police Detectives, to conduct follow-up investigations of serious crimes against people, property, check and credit fraud, arson, homicides, and any criminal offenses which are committed within our jurisdiction or as requested by the Chief of Police and the District Attorney’s Office.
We collect and maintain evidence for criminal prosecution and conduct special criminal intelligence investigations. Rockland Police Detectives utilize professional training, experience, and specialized investigative techniques to navigate the maze of complexities associated with crime and its investigation.
Rockland Police Detectives evaluate facts gathered from physical evidence, witness statements, and documentation in order to determine that, in fact, a crime was committed, who committed the crime, and to assist the District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting the offenders. In providing the citizens of Rockland a safer community, the dedication and commitment of the men and woman of the Rockland Police Department is unmatched.