Longtime Bangor police officer to retire

Posted April 28, 2012, at 5:33 a.m.
Last modified April 29, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.
Sgt. John Roach
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Sgt. John Roach

BANGOR, Maine — Police Sgt. John Roach this week embarked on the next phase of his life, capping a career in law enforcement that spanned 33 years.

Roach joined the Bangor Police Department on Feb. 5, 1979, making him one of the city’s longest-tenured officers, Sgt. Paul Edwards said recently in announcing Roach’s retirement.

Before his retirement,, Roach was one of Bangor’s two most senior officers, who started on the same day in 1979. The other is Lt. Tim Reid, who leads the department’s criminal investigative division.

Roach grew up on the west side of Bangor, graduated from Bangor High School and served as a military police officer before signing up with the Bangor Police Department.

Over the past three decades, he has become a well known and visible member, Edwards said.

Roach has served the department in a number of capacities, including 20 years as a supervisor in the Support Services Division.

He also managed the department’s fleet of vehicles and computer and technology upgrades, supervised the Parking Enforcement Division and oversaw the city’s Emergency Communications Division.

According to Edwards, Roach is a passionate fan of all Boston sports teams.

“It is expected that his retirement will involve spending time with family, playing lots of golf and attending as many Red Sox games as possible,” Edwards said.

Roach’s retirement is among several the Bangor Police Department has seen in recent months.

Sgt. Al Hayden and Officer Dan Herrick both retired last month. Lt. Jeff Millard retired last fall.

Further retirements are anticipated in the next year or so.

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