Fort Kent welcomes new full-time police officer
FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Police Department has welcomed Eric Morin of Madawaska as a new full-time police officer.
Morin, 41, is a 1998 Madawaska High School graduate. After high school, Morin joined the United States Army where he served until 2002.
He most recently worked as a mechanic for Albert Farms, but police work is what he has always wanted to do.
“I was raised as a kid to stop and help someone on the side of the road,” Morin said. “I’m still that way.”
Morin completed the 100-hour Criminal Justice Academy Preservice Course back in 2007 and previously worked as a reserve officer for Madawaska Police Department.
Morin recently recertified for the course which has since been expanded to 200 hours.
Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier said Morin will attend Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro within a year.
“We’re looking forward to him having a successful career here, being part of the Fort Kent community as a member of our Fort Kent police team,” Chief Pelletier said.
Pelletier hired Morin, who said he is sad to see Pelletier retire next week.
“He’s what a chief should be; he’s the real deal,” Morin said.
The new officer also embraces Pelletier’s stance in support of community policing.
“I think the public plays a vital role in policing,” Morin said. “If we work together as a team we help keep the community safe.”
Morin, who began working at Fort Kent Police Department on July 6, said he would like to remain with the department for years to come.
“The people of Fort Kent are very welcoming and seem to be very supportive of their officers,” he said.
In his free time, Morin enjoys spending time with his family, a daughter who is 17, sons who are 14 and 12, Morin’s girlfriend and her 12-year-old son, and the family dog, a Huskie named Tobi. The family especially enjoys gathering at the Long Lake camp of Morin’s parents, Michael and Betty Morin.
Eric Morin also enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and snowmobiling.