Fort Kent Officer Cole Pelletier graduates from police academy
FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent Police Officer Cole Pelletier graduated from Maine Criminal Justice Academy and will bring his newly acquired law enforcement skills to the community he so loves.
Pelletier has been employed part time at the Fort Kent Police Department since July 2015 and as a full-time officer since July 2019. He has also worked as a part-time police officer for the Kennebunk Police Department.
“My goal has always been to serve and protect the citizens of my community and I will continue to do so as time goes on,” Pelletier said. “Helping people through some of their worst times is a rewarding feeling.”
Pelletier, 34, has plenty of experience helping his community. He serves as a captain with the Fort Kent Fire Department and also volunteers with the St. Francis Fire Department assisting with paperwork.
Being away from home for nearly four months was not easy, but was a worthwhile sacrifice due to the valuable training he received, Pelletier said.
The Academy consisted of three weeks of online training from home, followed by 15 weeks of in-person training at the Vassalboro Academy. Pelletier, who has a young daughter, would travel to Vassalboro each Sunday night to train during the week, and return home on Friday nights.
“I would say the hardest thing about the Academy was leaving Sunday night, especially the latter half of the program,” Pelletier said. “I knew the 15 weeks was a small snapshot in time for what I would get in return throughout my career. The training is excellent and necessary for a safe, enduring career in law enforcement.”
At the academy, officers endure rigorous training in various aspects of police work, including: criminal investigation, traffic accident investigation, criminal law, traffic enforcement law, real life scenarios, firearms and emergency vehicle operations.
“The most challenging portion of the training was the mental demands that it requires,” Pelletier said. “The beginning few weeks are extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, but I knew in the end it would be well worth it. At first I anticipated my age being a factor, however I think it allowed me the mental ability to push forward.”
“The training teaches you to be aware of your surroundings as a police officer and to really never let your guard down, especially in today’s society,” Pelletier said. “The ability to physically protect yourself and others is a skill I learned at the Academy that I will forever carry with me in my career.”
Officer Pelletier’s parents, Owen and Lisa Pelletier, attended their son’s graduation ceremony in Vassalboro, as did other family members and friends.
Also in attendance were Fort Kent lead dispatcher CoCo Ouellette and Police Chief Tom Pelletier.
“Cole serves this town with honor,” Chief Pelletier said. “He has been an integral part of this organization and he is certainly a valuable asset here.”
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.
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.