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I'm with Sam, Doug and George.The Office of Sheriff is a magnificent office because it couples the ballot box with
common law powers. Unfortunately, the training for both the state police and sheriff's staff are the same, and the history and power of the sheriff's office is not one of the courses because it's run by the state police.The difference between the two at law are day and night. The sheriff is in the Maine Constitution. The State Police are not. The sheriff is accountable to the people of the county because they hire him through the ballot box. The State Police are not. The sheriff is a constitutional office; the State police is statutory.I admire the office of sheriff very much. Before I learned about it, I thought the state police and the sheriff's departments were about the same except for the uniform. A free people needs elected law enforcement. Little known fact: In an emergency, no one 2nd guesses the sheriff. He can stand up to state and federal agencies on behalf of his people in an emergency. We saw this several years ago when the sheriff in Springfield, Mass took over the national guard armory rather than put dangerous criminals on the street because his jail was overcrowded. The court sided with the sheriff.

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Sheriffs To Have Statewide Arrest Power

Wiscasset Newspaper
Dec 18, 2003Sheriffs To Have Statewide Arrest Power
Charlotte BoyntonThe Lincoln County Commissioners Tuesday voted 2-1 in favor of authorizing statewide arrest powers to the county sheriff and all full-time deputy sheriffs that are Maine Criminal Justice Academy certified. District Attorney Jeffery Rushlau first suggested the concept of giving these powers to the sheriff's department at a four-county meeting with Knox, Waldo, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett discussed the issue with the commissioners in November, and was asked to research the liability and insurance issues. Chief Deputy Wayne Applebee said he checked with insurance representatives and was told no additional rider or premium is needed. According to Applebee, by statute, the risk pool is obligated to provide coverage as if the deputy sheriffs were located in their own jurisdiction. Applebee said he was told by Malcolm Ulmer that the risk is present whether the deputy responds to a situation or not. Because of the training and experience of the deputy, liability may result if the deputy fails to act. Ulmer said about half the counties have adopted the statewide arrest powers . "I see the statewide arrests powers as a good mutual aid tool," Commissioner Sheridan Bond said. "I see the counties becoming the main law enforcement agency in the state, with the Maine State Police numbers getting less and less in their ranks." Commissioner John O'Connell, who cast the dissenting vote, told the board he has concerns in authorizing this power. "This means our sheriff and deputies will be on duty 24/7. I am also concerned that they, not being aware of local conditions could put them in harm's way," O'Connell said. "It clearly comes down to the discretion of the officer," Applebee said. "The topic will be part of our training," he added Daily Inmate County The daily inmate count at the Lincoln County Jail as of Tuesday, December 16, was 38 inmates. Currently the county is boarding 13 inmates in other facilities: eight males and four females at Cumberland County Jail; one male at Androscoggin; two males on medical furlough; 22 males and one female at the Lincoln County Jail. Homeland Security Grant Lincoln County 911 Communications and Radio Communication Management, Inc, have been working on an infrastructure upgrade for increased portable coverage throughout the county, for both fire and law frequencies, which will be funded with a Homeland Security Grant. The commissioners were told by Scott Revard and Ken Knight, from Radio Communications Management Inc, that they have been testing and working on the upgrade that will best fit the needs of Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Service, and Fire Personnel. The project will cost approximately $175,000, and will be fully funded by the 2003-2004 Homeland Security Grant. Employee Recognition The Lincoln County Commissioners recognized Nettie Bosworth for her 20 years of service to the county with a presentation during the commissioners' meeting Tuesday morning. "We want to recognize you publicly for your 20 years of very loyal service to the county," Bond said. "We were very fortunate to have you." Bosworth is currently the Deputy Registrar for the county, and will be retiring December 31.[url=http://wiscassetnewspaper.maine.com/2003-12-18/statewide_arrest_power.ht...

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Better the title of the news item read, "How to cause more turf wars and local problems."The recent turf battle of power between Somerset County Sheriff, Barry Delong, and Augusta Chief of Police, Wayne McCamish, is a good example.The abolishment of all local and county law enforcement agencies in Maine and expanding the very professional and well trained Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service might served Maine citizens much better.Under the existing law enforcement system in Maine, different agencies often times refuse to share investigative information with each other.

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Sheriffs are the only law enforcement officers in Maine that have to stand for election. It used to be they had more authority than any other police officer. It still should be that way.

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Politics in local and county law enforcement does not lend itself to treating everyone equal under the law. The worst abuses of justice are in local and county jurisdictions. The best equality and fairness of justice under the law is the reason for appointing judges in Maine as opposed to electing judges. Maine can be proud of having one the least corrupt judicial systems in America because of it. Statewide professional law enforcement agencies would make our judicial system even less corrupt.

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The days of Maine's Sheriff's Departments being staffed by politcal hacks who are unqualified for their jobs are long gone. Deputy Sheriffs today are professional law enforcement personnel who go to the same academy as the State Police. A new Sheriff today can hire and fire only one member of his department for political reasons -- the Chief Deputy.[ 12-21-2003: Message edited by: George ]

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I agree it is much improved over the old days. Universal training at the Oak Grove criminal justice academy was the best thing that ever happened to the law enforcement community in Maine.Perhaps the power battles are less in number, but they still exist.I welcome your comment(s) on law enforcement costs with what I suggest and the status quo.

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There are still turf battles in law enforcement -- but the State Police are as responsible for them as any other agency.As for cutting costs, I would do that by eliminating most municipal police departments with Sheriff's Departments being responsible for law enforcement in most municipalities. The biggest 20 to 30 municipalities in the state probably need a municipal police department, but most communities could be served more than adequately by reinvigorated Sheriff's Departments. I don't think a law enforcement agency run out of Augusta can be responsive to local concerns all over the state. Relying more on the Sheriff's Departments will bring cost savings and regionalization, without law enforcement being turned over to a far off, unresponsive, and unaccountable agency.

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"As for cutting costs, I would do that by eliminating most municipal police departments with Sheriff's Departments being responsible for law enforcement in most municipalities."George, that covers anout 90% of what concerns me. Certainly a step in the right direction.Now, try advocating this and see what happens. Love of power and control will rear its ugly head.

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quote:Originally posted by MainelyMe:
[b]Now, try advocating this and see what happens. Love of power and control will rear its ugly head.[/b]

I got the town that I live in to do away with our Police Department a few years ago.

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I agree with George the Sheriffs Depts in Maine could handle the job, and we would save a bunch of money. I was on the Somerset County Budget Committee, and our Sheriffs Dept had a Reserve Officer program that I thought worked very well. I think other counties have similiar programs. They were part time officers in different parts of the county that could be called, and were able to respond quickly because they were near.They knew most of the local folks, and how to deal with them if there was a problem. Residents knew and trusted them so lots of times small problems could be resolved before they became big problems. It was the most cost effective law enforcement we had.

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quote:Originally posted by Doug Thomas:
[b]I agree with George[/b]

There's something you rarely see Doug write!
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That's only because your wrong so often George.

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To abolish the local police and the sheriff's departments and replace them with an enlarged state police is a very bad idea. I certainly think the sheriff's department could be enlarged to take over many of the small towns that have local departments. Many small towns don't currently have a police department, many do. Some are side by side, with taxes less in towns that don't vs. towns that do. Police departments are nothing more than government, and will fight to remain to exist. However, George is correct in saying that all police services should not be run out of Augusta. It won't work. So I guess I agree with Doug and George!!

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Citizens have the power to

Citizens have the power to arrest State wide.
Common Law is a wonderfull thing in the modern world. The liability of a criminal attempting to sue a private citizen and fear mongering by law enforcement officials keeps this little nest egg tucked away in the folds of the statutory reference stacks.

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