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Houlton Police Department
97 Military Street
Houlton, ME 04730

Chief of Police
Butch Asselin

Chief Asselin

Thanks for visiting the web site of the Houlton Police Department. Our Department is dedicated to
providing modern, efficient police services to a supportive community.

2012 Report

As customary, I want to thank all of the department's full-time and auxiliary staff for a job well done in 2012.  The officers and dispatchers of this department exhibit a high degree of professionalism and integrity in the performance of their duties for the citizens of this community.

I would also like to thank the town council, town manager, department heads, and all other municipal employees for their teamwork, cooperation, and support.

The police department has a compliment of eight full-time officers, one corporal, two sergeants, a lieutenant, chief, and four public safety dispatchers.  We also have a full-time position funded by the U.S. Department of Justice until April of 2014.

D.A.R.E. was a huge success again this year.  Nearly one-hundred fifth grade students from the Southside School participated in a two week program under the tutelage of Community Resource Officer Stephen Nason.  This was Officer Nason's fifth and final year teaching the program.  Officer Gary McGuire is the new D.A.R.E. officer.  Officer McGuire completed a two-week intensive training program in December.  The training was offered at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord.  We would like to thank Officer Nason and Officer McGuire for their hard work and commitment to the program.

In November, the police department held its 2nd Annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony.  Officer Stephen Nason was selected as the department's top employee of the year.  Several other department employees were recognized or received commendations for service to the community.

A special Community Service Award was presented to Pastor Wayne Robertson for his involvement in Adopt-A-Block and contributions to county and local law enforcement.

The department celebrated two promotions this year.  Officer Charles Wampler III was promoted to sergeant and Officer Erica Pelletier was assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.  Sgt. Wampler replaces Fred Parker who retired in March and moved to Tennessee.  Agent Pelletire replaces Jared Sylvia who accepted a position with the Maine State Police.

Benjamin Drew of Houlton became a full-time officer for the department in December.  A former warden and 16 year veteran of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Officer Drew has been actively involved in the community as a coach and mentor for area youth.

Eric Sucy of Waterville accepted a part-time position with the department in November and is expected to become a full-time officer in May of 2013.  Officer Sucy is currently a senior at Thomas College majoring in Criminal Justice.  Officer Sucy is a 2012 graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

During the spring, summer, and winter months, the department participated in the "Click It or Ticket" and "Holiday Enforcement" campaigns sponsored by the Bureau of Highway Safety and the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration.  The department received grant funds to provide additional patrols during the peak times for seatbelt, speeding and OUI enforcement.

In a joint operation with US Customs and Border Protection, free screening of treats was offered Halloween night at the police department.  Many parents took advantage of this program which has been offered for five successive years.

To increase awareness of the disease, officers wore pink bands around their badges in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Dispatchers also participated by wearing pink wrist bracelets.  The department will make this an annual event.

Citizens can listen to the department's radio traffic be setting your browser to http://www.houltonpolice.com and clicking on the link provided on the page.  In addition to casual listening, citizens now have an opportunity to stay informed whenever there is an emergency, road closure, or sever weather event.

Members of the department encourage all citizens to become involved in crime prevention and community issues.  You can assist us by reporting crime or suspicious activity to the department by calling 532-2287.  In the event of an emergency, please dial 911.  If you have information pertaining to criminal activity but wish to remain anonymous, please call or text the department's tip line at 207-694-3545.

Respectfully submitted,
Butch Asselin
Chief of Police