Bangor Police Department hires 5 officers

Posted March 17, 2009, at 11:07 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Five new officers have joined the ranks of the Bangor Police Department, bringing the city’s total police force to 76, according to Sgt. Paul Edwards, the department’s public information officer.

The total is expected to grow to 79 after three more officers now enrolled at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro graduate and complete their three-month training period.

“That will put us at full strength, which I have never seen before,” Edwards noted this week.

Following are brief biographies of the five newest officers, all of whom are graduates of the police academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program:

— A native of Fall River, Mass., Officer Jamie Fanning attended New England Technical Institute in Warwick, R.I., for two years. While there, she served with the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s 118th Military Police Battalion.

Married and the mother of three, Fanning has lived in Maine since June, when she began training at the police academy.

— A Vermont native, Officer Mark Fucile moved to Maine in 2004 to attend Husson College in Bangor, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

While at Husson, Fucile was active in student organizations, serving as student government president for two years and as a college trustee. Also while in college, Fucile worked part time for the Lincoln and University of Maine police departments.

— Officer Kyle Pelkey is a Medway native and 2004 graduate of Schenck High School in East Millinocket. He then went on to Husson College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

While attending college, Pelkey worked as a part-time officer for the East Millinocket Police Department.

— Officer Daniel Sanborn Jr. is a 1993 Old Town High School graduate and a 2008 graduate of Beal College in Bangor, where he earned an associate degree in criminal justice with a concentration in law enforcement, graduating cum laude.

Also while at Beal, Sanborn received the Carl Andrews Memorial Award for demonstrating honesty, integrity and dedication to the profession of law enforcement. He was a class officer while at the police academy. He is married and has two children.

— Officer Brian Smith Jr. was born in Hollywood, Fla., but grew up in Maine. He attended Husson College in 2001-02 and 2006-07. He also served as an infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps and was injured in combat during his last deployment.

Smith is married to his high school sweetheart and has three children.

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