Police & Fire

Madawaska Police Department welcomes newly trained member to the team

MADAWASKA, Maine — Members of the Madawaska Police Department welcomed the newly graduated Samuel Dechaine back to work on May 22, after he graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy the previous Friday.

Officer Samuel Dechaine started working for the department in July 2017 as a reserve officer. He started training at the academy in January this year.

Dechaine was born in Madawaska, has lived in Maine his entire life, and graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent with an associate degree in criminal justice.

Dechaine said his mother was a little apprehensive about his career choice at first.

“After seeing the good I could do, she felt better,” he said.

Chief Ross DuBois expressed his pleasure at having the new patrolman join the department in a statement posted on Facebook, in which he detailed some of the different areas of training Dechaine went through, such as patrol procedures, law enforcement tactics, firearms training, weaponless defense, criminal law, vehicle operations, community oriented public safety, and cultural diversity/human relations.

“Our goal is to hire high caliber people to work with the community,” DuBois said. “We have certain expectations of officers and Sam meets all of those and will be an asset to the department.”

According to Dechaine, his purpose and reason for becoming an officer is to interact with the community.

“I want to help my community that I grew up in,” Dechaine said. “I want to strive to make it better.”

After 18 weeks of basic law enforcement training, Dechaine is already out patrolling the streets to keep Madawaska safe.

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