Belfast man continues family's law enforcement tradition

Mike Rolerson Jr. graduates from police academy
Jan 05, 2019
Source: Rockland Police Department Facebook Page New Rockland Police Officer Michael Rolerson Jr., left, with his dad, Belfast Patrolman Michael Rolerson.

Vassalboro — Among Maine’s 62 newest police officers to graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro Dec. 14 was Rockland Officer Mike Rolerson Jr., a Belfast native and son of Belfast Patrolman Mike Rolerson.

Gov. Paul LePage was guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for the class, which included 13 State Police trooper recruits and two Maine marine wardens.

The officers spent 18 weeks in study and training in such areas as crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault. They learned about laws, evidence collection, driving skills, self defense, mental health first aid, crisis intervention, and firearms, all in a boot-camp style environment.

The younger Rolerson, who was born and grew up in Belfast, joined the Rockland Police Department Oct. 31. At the academy, he won his class's award for highest skills in mechanics of arrest, restraint and control, according to a post on the Rockland Police Department's Facebook page.

"We're pretty proud of him; several of us went up to witness the ceremony," the post said. "Mike's badge was pinned on by his equally proud dad, Mike Rolerson, of Belfast PD."

According to a November story in The Courier Gazette, Mike Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation from high school, serving in the Pacific and deploying to the Helmand province in Afghanistan.

While serving, he met his wife Jenna, also a Marine (military police); they married and have two children, dubbed "mini-Mikes" on the department's Facebook page. Among other awards, Rolerson earned the USMC's Good Conduct Medal.

"I grew up in a family of law enforcement officers, and have seen the impact that law enforcement can make on others," Rolerson said in a statement on the Facebook page. "I have seen how much the community gives, and believe that it's my duty to give back as well."

According to a story on the Rockland city website, Rolerson began his criminal justice career working in a detention facility in Montana. “During the two years I spent working there, I had many interactions with patrol officers and decided that patrol would be a better fit for me than the corrections setting,” he said.

Rolerson decided to apply to the Rockland Police Department because many of his friends in law enforcement all spoke very highly of the department.

“When I spoke with the officers from Rockland Police they were motivated and professional and I knew that the department would be the best fit for me,” he said. “I look forward to ... helping to keep Rockland safe.”


Officer Michael Rolerson, wife Jenna and their two sons. Rolerson graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Dec. 14. (Source: Rockland Police Department Facebook Page)
Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduates pictured Dec. 14 at the ceremony in Vassalboro. Officer Mike Rolerson Jr. is second from right. (Source: Maine Criminal Justice Academy)
Rockland Officer Michael Rolerson Jr. during his academy graduation ceremony Dec. 14. (Source: Rockland Police Department Facebook Page)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Carrie Bacon | Jan 06, 2019 17:52

Please forgive the typo, Mike!  SHOULD read: CONGRATULATIONS to Rockland Ofc. Michael Rolerson, Jr.  Be just, be safe, be proud!

Posted by: Carrie Bacon | Jan 06, 2019 17:49

I met Mike Sr., when I started at WCGH's Emergency Dept. and know him as a kind, just, and fair law enforcement officer for the City of Belfast.  I can easily see Mike Jr., continuing the same tradition and making his family and his department proud of him.  CONGRATULATIONS to Rockland Ofc. Michael Roberson, Jr.  Be just, be safe and be proud!

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