Madawaska Police welcome new officer
MADAWASKA, Maine — Be on the lookout as you’re cruising the streets of Madawaska for a new officer to be out and about patrolling and keeping the citizens of the town safe.
The Madawaska Police Department welcomed Officer Lucas Gendreau to the force this past week. Gendreau grew up in Madawaska and said he always knew he wanted to serve the community and be in law enforcement.
“That was always what I remember I wanted to do,” Gendreau said.
Gendreau went to University of Maine at Fort Kent and majored in emergency management and homeland security. He worked for Fort Kent Police Department for three months as a part-time officer before the Madawaska Police Department hired him.
Police Lt. Jamie Pelletier said he was looking forward to working with the new officer.
“I’m looking forward to getting him on board,” Pelletier said. “He’s a local guy with a great personality and I am sure he will be an asset to our department and the community we serve.”
As a certified police officer, Gendreau underwent 200 hours of pre-service training, including separate hands-on and on-the-job training in addition to online education. While Gendreau has not yet attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, he will have graduated by next fall and still holds power of arrest.