Fort Kent welcomes new police officer
FORT KENT, Maine — There is a new police officer protecting and serving the community of Fort Kent.
Caleb Jandreau, 22, joined the Fort Kent Police Department as a full-time officer on Monday, Aug. 24.
“It’s great work, very satisfying work,” Jandreau said, adding that he feels his role as a police officer is to “keep everyone safe.”
A 2016 Fort Kent Community High School graduate, Jandreau said he has felt since middle school that he wanted to have a career in law enforcement. However, after high school, Jandreau’s path took him in a different direction.
He earned an applied science degree from Northern Maine Community College and worked as an oil burner technician at Daigle Oil Co.
“I did enjoy that a lot but this is more or less what I have wanted to do for a long time,” Jandreau said of becoming a police officer.
Jandreau became a volunteer firefighter with the Fort Kent Fire Department a year ago and said that experience reignited his desire to have a career in public service.
Initially planning to work part-time for FKPD, Jandreau said he enjoys public service so much he “decided to go all in,” once he learned the department was seeking a full-time officer.
Jandreau has completed the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Law Enforcement Pre Service Training Program and more than 100 hours of ride alongs with FKPD officers. Next year he will attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
The new officer said he is thankful for the support of his family, especially his parents Shon and Crystal Jandreau. Shon Jandreau is a self-employed carpenter and Crystal Jandreau is an educator at Fort Kent Elementary School.
“They’re happy for me that I was able to find something I enjoy doing and can help people at the same time,” Caleb Jandreau said.
Caleb Jandreau joins three other full-time police officers, including Chief Tom Pelletier, and several part-time and reserve officers at FKPD.
“Caleb is a good addition to our team,” Chief Pelletier said. “He’s doing really well. He’s ambitious to be a law enforcement officer and in these trying times that is commendable.”
Jandreau lives in Fort Kent with his fiance, Autumn Bouchard, their two chocolate labs, Charlie and Gunner, and cats Piper and Ivy. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, camping and traveling.