Councilors approve equipment upgrades for Fort Kent officers
FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent town councilors at their Monday, Sept. 13 meeting, unanimously approved spending $7,000 to purchase new firearms, holsters and body cameras for Fort Kent Police Department officers.
The funding will come from the department’s capital reserve account.
Officers currently holster two different types of handguns — the department has four Glocks and four Smith and Wessons. The department would like for all officers to carry the same type of weapon, so will trade in the Glocks to purchase four more .40-caliber Smith and Wessons.
“Tactically it is not a good idea [to have different types of handguns] in case we have to switch clips back and forth,” interim Police Chief Cole Pelletier said.
The plan met the approval of Fort Kent town councilor and retired Madawaska police chief Carroll Theriault.
“I was a firearms instructor for 28 years and we had Smith’s,” Theriault said.
The department will also purchase a second Smith and Wesson long gun to place in the back of a police cruiser, officer body cameras and double retention holsters. These holsters provide two supports — a retention over the rear of the gun’s trigger guard as well as a strap over the hammer — to keep the firearm secure at the officer’s side.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the councilors unanimously agreed to schedule a public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Fort Kent Municipal Building to seek feedback regarding new general assistance pay scale guidelines.