Police Academy grads rejoin Caribou force

Posted Dec. 31, 2010, at 12:01 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 05, 2011, at 7:05 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Two more officers recently joined Caribou’s police force after graduating from 18 weeks of training at the Police Academy. Officer Jay Trainer and Officer Chad Cochran join 14 other officers of the department.

“They’re both dedicated individuals committed to serving the people of Caribou,” Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan said. “Each of them brings additional talent and education to the force [as they’re trained in all aspects of police work], and we hope that they have long, successful careers with the department.”

Like all other members of Caribou police, both Trainer and Cochran will be patrol officers. While some departments have specialized detective units focusing on specific cases, all of Caribou’s officers are involved in all aspects of each investigation. Chief Gahagan credits this in the department’s high clearance rate, meaning they are able to reach a resolution in almost all situations in which their services are required.

While a healthy amount of educational training is needed to become an officer with the department, all Caribou police officers spend 20 hours a year in service training.

All officers of the Caribou Police Department are now graduates of the academy, save one who is scheduled to complete the 18 weeks of training in 2011.

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