Eight new state troopers receive badges
Vassalboro — Maine’s eight newest troopers received their badges April 7 in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The new troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized State Police training, which is in addition to the 18 weeks of training required for all Maine police officers.
State Police continue to have 19 trooper vacancies out of their 330-person complement, 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.
Joining Troop D, assigned to the Midcoast, were three new troopers. Hunter Belanger grew up in Chelsea and is a 2013 graduate of Gardiner Area High School. He is graduate from Husson University and served as a summer reserve police officer in Ogunquit and Wells.
Ian Dunn grew up in Bowdoinham and is a graduate of Mount Ararat High School in Topsham. He also is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta and is a former Gardiner police officer .
Connor Willard grew up in Livermore Falls and is a graduate of Leavitt High School and two associate’s degrees from Central Maine Community College. Willard also has been a reserve Livermore Falls police officer.