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Fort Kent welcomes full-time police officer

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Police Department has a new full-time officer. Officer Cole Pelletier, 32, has served as a reserve officer with the department for more than four years and transitioned to the full-time position at the end of July.

“Cole’s done an outstanding job as a reserve officer with us,” said Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier. “He has good common sense and is very active in the community. He’s done quite a few years of public service. He’s a great addition to our team.”

Cole Pelletier is originally from St. Francis and is a 2005 Fort Kent Community High School graduate. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public safety administration from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. 

Pelletier is a captain with the Fort Kent Fire Department and also volunteers with the St. Francis Fire Department assisting with paperwork. 

“I like to serve the community,” Officer Pelletier said. “I like to be involved in what goes on.”

Officer Pelletier has worked as a part-time police officer for the Kennebunk Police Department and for the past five years has been employed as a maintenance supervisor at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Fort Kent.

He said he is happy to serve the police force on a full-time basis.

“This is what I’ve really, always wanted to do since I was a little kid,” he said. “I like being able to help people in their day of need and I try to put myself in their shoes.” 

He added that his family is very supportive of his decision to join the FKPD full time, particularly his wife Erin Pelletier who works as a nurse educator at Northern Maine Medical Center.

“She knows this is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Cole Pelletier said. 

Cole and Erin Pelletier are parents to a 2 ½ year-old daughter Cora. The family lives in New Canada with their yellow lab Zeb.

In his free time, Cole Pelletier enjoys hunting and fishing, especially at his father’s camp in Allagash, spending time with his family and preparing smoked meats.

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