Comments for: After long absence, police foot patrols back in downtown Bangor

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:18 p.m.

BANGOR | Downtown merchants are happy Bangor police officers have their feet planted more firmly on the ground these days. After an absence of nearly two decades, Bangor police officers resumed regular foot patrols in downtown Bangor two months ago. “It was discontinued in the 1990s,” said Bangor police …

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  • Sam Thomas

    This is definitely the right step in the right direction to keep the businesses and community members safe. Thanks for listening to us!

  • Anonymous

    well that’s a cool pic and a great idea,, nice to see, makes ya think of mayberry. hat’s off to bgr.

    • Anonymous

      Bet the guys assigned to street patrol don’t think it’s a great idea.  

      • Anonymous

         They’re the ones that failed the bike riding exam.

      • Anonymous

        Do I sense a search for something negative in this post? “The patrols are scheduled through a volunteer sign-up system, under
        which officers are paid overtime for a shift that typically lasts four
        hours.”

  • Anonymous

    Thumbs up! Two if you can shoo the pan-handlers away!

  • Anonymous

    Very good, saw a Officer in the downtown after 5 pm and think it’s a good Idea., I hope they will arrest bar owners for serving people who are legally drunk.. I’m tired of walking downtown while drunks drinking outside the bars are cat calling my wife. Total disrespect for my wife and myself..

    • Oh please, like they don’t do that to every woman who walks by. Don’t take it so personal. Is it not, in fact, a compliment? She is your wife, correct? I thus assume you trust her completely? I also assume you are going to answer those last two questions with a stern yes, so therefore, I would suggest that you have nothing to worry about and perhaps rather then be offended, should consider some way of cleverly reminding them who is doing what and then stick your nose in the air and walk away. Of course their comments are disrespectful, but they are also misguided and misinterpreted compliments. Shouldnt have to have police deal with those kinds of things. Perhaps you should teach the obnoxious drunks a rewarding lesson about being a gentleman? Lots of options you could explore. A different route or means to your destination, perhaps? Or just simply ignore them, if you are enjoying some of downtowns finer aspects? Don’t need the police for everything. Sorting out your own business not only helps to maintain a healthy ego and self image, but also raises your status and reputation with your peers. If you tell them where to stick it and remind them where you are sticking it, they won’t soon forget the encounter. Meanwhile, you can go about your existence with your beloved wife with your head held high.

      Just some random drive-by thoughts from a vain, nihilistic prick.

      • Thank you, Devildude. I got a chuckle out of that.

        • Anonymous

          Good stuff Devil. Maybe Push has a decent looking wife and that is a good thing. :) Women love a good cat call once in awhile.

          • Anonymous

            Very attractive to say the least. I understand why men look twice. But rude comments aren’t needed.

          • Anonymous

            True..

        •  Cheers.

      • Anonymous

        You admit the “comments” (cat calling) are disrespectful. Then you say that it would be misinterpretation not to think of them as compliments!

        Cat calling is nasty and hostile.

        • Right. You are correct. Its is disrespectful because it isn’t their place to be making comments. However, this is America. We are not a polite, respectful people in general. So you gotta be prepared and know some things about life before you strut your stuff down the lane where all the drunks be chillin’. They are compliments, in essence. Although they are executed poorly and in ill taste and are thus disrespectful. Is it really that hard?

          And drunk chicks yell at dudes, too. Lighten up. Cant change the hand, only how you play it.

          • County Escapee

            Catcalls from workers at a construction site might be interpreted as a compliment, but from some drunks loitering outside a bar?  Not at all. Your advice to basically  buck it up and get a thicker skin just shows the slow but steady degradation of civility as being acceptable.
            It’s already turned my ‘skin’ to leather. It is simply a quality of life issue. Since you have shown a catcaller attitude yourself, at least don’t mock people that don’t.

          • Anonymous

            Catcalls from construction sites or drunks or from neighborhood kids have been going on for thousands of years. It’s nothing new.

            You have two choices when this happens….keep on walking or respond.

          • Anonymous

            When walking down the town street no woman should have to repond to lewd comments from drunks “chillin” on said street.  What sort od City are you trying for here?

          • Anonymous

            First off I have never seen any one, drunk or sober make any comment to any female person not associated with their group in downtown Bangor.

            The fact is, catcalls and “lewd” comments have been made by people for hundreds if not thousands of years all over the world.

            The person on the receiving end has two choices and only two choices….keep on walking or responding to the comment.

            While you or I may not like the comments, it is not illegal for comments to be made.

          • Anonymous

            No and I’m all for free speech rights. 
            I am not for displays of public drunkenness.
            A man has complete freedom in this society to show how little respect he has for himself and others.  I only wish that those of us who also use these streets had the right to teach these people to take greater care in their actions and with their speech without facing legal action ourselves.  Some problems could be eliminated quite early before they become more costly for our society and our State.

          • Anonymous

            Well public drunkenness is no longer a crime and hasn’t been for 30 or so years.

          • County Escapee

            Of course it’s always happened, but devildude’s defense of it was a bit of an overboard and “nihilistic” defense and showed a really callous attitude of the excuse of the degradation and acceptance of civility in general.

          • How are catcalls from loitering workers different then those from loitering drunks? Would you prefer the drunks be holding a hammer when they make their advances? Its all the same, don’t kid yourself.

            Did I say a lack of civility is acceptable? No. Nor did I imply it. In fact, if you follow my posts, here, you’ll find that I have a huge issue with a lack of respect and people being ignorant. However, this being said, you can’t expect to change what is. As Jd points out, its been happening forever. The only choice is a thick skin. Sorry, sweat heart.

            Catcaller attitude myself? Spare me. I’m not defending catcalling at all. Ive merely suggested other ways to deal with it than calling the cops. How about you go read some of my other comments, before you make assumptions.

          • County Escapee

            I have answered your first question with my original reply to you.
            You insinuated that it’s ok to be uncivil.
            I have read less radical statements of yours, but I can’t “follow” you without hitting The follow button.
            By describing your self as being a nihilist, you said a pantload. Are you even aware of what it means? Heres a clue:
            nihilism |ˈnīəˌlizəm; ˈnē-|
            noun
            the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.
            • Philosophy extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence.
            • historical the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900, which found nothing to approve of in the established social order.
            No, I can’t expect to change what is (hence my degradation remark ; slow and inevitable). I can only mourn the not so distant past. Ie, you don’t give a frick.

            As far as jd goes, I’m not so willing to accept the “new norm” as he is.

            About 20 years ago, here in Boston, I was walking into a department store, grabbed for the handle and opened it while a women was coming out. She yelled that “I can get it for myself!”
            Change in civility. I did, and still do, hold the door for anyone coming out.

            Spare you? For accepting sidewalk drunks in Bangor, your defense of the new norm get used to it admitted NIHILISTIC attitude? Which one, or all? If you read your original comment that I replied to as many of us did, you’d get a whole different meaning than what you purport to have meant! If not in context, then in using the self descriptive “nihilist”.

          • County Escapee

            Oh, that ‘like’ you got was from me hitting the wrong button…

          • Anonymous

            Drunks should not be chillin on the street.  Your earlier post advising husbands to assualt those who cat call as a way of teaching them how to be a gentleman does nothing to make the street a more family friendly place either.  How old are you anyway?  I’m guessing 16 based on your views.

          • I disagree. I think drunk people should be allowed to be on the street, so long as they can manage themselves without doing “drunk” things. I used to walk around town absolutely trashed all the time. Like, a 12 pack of Steel Reserve kinda trashed. I never did anything ignorant to anyone, nor caused any damage to anything or whatever.

            You incorrectly associated my “lesson of being a gentleman” with violence. This is not what I meant. I was implying that it would serve the drunks well if they knew how to be a gentleman and how to treat and talk to a lady. You know, that lesson could be as simple as a couple sentences. Just anything at all. They surely don’t know how to go about things, or they’d be out with their wives.

            Violence was just an option. Not the option. In fact, its the last of all the things Id advocate.

            How old are you, considering you probably missed the entire point of my post?

          • Anonymous

             ” However, this is America. We are not a polite, respectful people in general.” … what a sad commentary.  I am old enough to know that we do have a history as a polite, respectful people and am tired of the In Your Face-ness that permeates our culture these days.

          • History, we do have. But its just that, history. Anyone who thinks that is the case now needs needs to take a good hard look at where the place is and where its headed.

      •  but your story would be different if it happened to you.you would probally cry like a little baby.

        • Ha…. Hahahahahahhahaha. Yep, I am that guy. You got me pegged solid chief. If I was walking with my girl and someone made a comment, I’d cry. Keep dreaming. I suppose you got the big balls, yeah?

          If you’d really like to know what Id do, here’s how it might go if I had to deal with verbal ignorance:

          1. Try to ignore it.
          2. Let them know I can hear them.
          3. Reply in kind.
          4. Ask them to stop.
          5. Tell them to stop.
          6. Pull out the Ka-Bar and invite them to have a taste.
          7. Go to jail because they called the cops.
          8. Be on probation.
          9. Waste my time yelling at people on the BDN comments because my life really is that dull.

          Oh wait…. Guess I simply don’t deal too well with people, what with being a misanthrope as well as a nihilist. I don’t go looking for fights, in fact, I try to avoid anything related to life (and therefore fights). But, if a fight comes around, I’m rather thrilled to fight it, verbally, physically, whatever. Its a destructive passion. I am really just waiting for my curtain to close, tough guy. I cant reach the rope or Id just do it myself. How about you? You got big plans, probally? Destined for fame, love, wealth? Whats its going to be? Professional MMA fighter, maybe? Got the spunk for it, clearly.

          • Anonymous

             And if they don’t back down after you pull out your Ka-Bar?   Will you make good on your threat and give them a taste?   I don’t think the judge would agree that you had cause to use a deadly weapon in these circumstances.   Two sayings come to mind:  Discretion is the better part of valor, and  Don’t pull it if you don’t mean to use it.

          • If they decide to be verbally ignorant to me to the point where I draw and then they attack me, it is self defense. Not too clear cut, as it could be argued I instigated by drawing the weapon, but, so long as there is no threat to them prior to the physical confrontation, Id basically be in the clear. “I was just walking around, going abut my own business when these dudes started in on me/her. I did everything I could do to resort to non-violent means but then I felt the need to protect myself and her and then they attacked me, officer.” I’m not going to go after anyone. Merely let them know that if its blood they are after, I’d be more then happy to give it, or take it. If they decide to risk the encounter, someone is going to get hurt. Might be me. What the worst they could do, kill me? Oh, what a horrible fate… Dont get me wrong, Im not looking for fights. I stay away from people as much as possible and when I must deal with them I am quiet, polite and respectful. I hold the door for old ladies and all that garbage. However, push my buttons for no reason and there’s going to be issues. Do something ignorant and there’s going to be issues. I am an honorable guy, but I also have no tolerance for people. My woman is the utmost sacred to me and you can bet that if someone’s
            got a little too much to say, things are going to get ugly right quick, consequence be damned.

            I use to wear my Ka-Bar unconcealed. It was just there chilling, in plain view. Discretion was thus out the window. And, Id never even consider touching it in public if I didn’t intend on using it. Ever.

          • Anonymous

            Nice work, Double D. Made my morning, although the mirthfulness is offset by the sad realization that satire has now become an unrecognizable art form to so many people in this country. It’s called H-U-M-O-R, folks. Try it, you might like it. 

          • Anonymous

            Here is what I saw once when this happened, tv, movie, can’t remember. Maybe I just made it up, anyway.

            1. Go over to the one yelling at your wife and state… “you like what you see, she likes you big fella?”
            2. Follow up with “we are a wild couple, here is our home address, the front door will be open in an hour, quietly come on in. She will be waiting for you.”
            3. As soon as the pig opens the door and takes 3 steps in…..BOOOOOOM, where did your insulting head go dude, I cant’t seem to find it?  
            4. Now, call the cops and let them know this guy was making passes at your wife, you confronted him and had words and he followed you home to have his way. So sad.

            I wouldn’t advocate that type of response but some should realize the some of the craziest people in the world appear to be the most sane. People should know once they open their mouth and confront someone that person might not be inncoent prey even if that is how they appear. Sometimes men will do whatever they need to do to protect their wife and will respond very violently and crafty when one insults her.

            Pretty sick huh?

          • Anonymous

            Good stuff Bush

          •  Sounds like Michael Douglas in “Falling Down.”

          • Anonymous

            I think that was it. Hmmm. Cool.

          • Anonymous

            I can’t help but wonder if this discussion would even be taking place if the the wife had been referred to as ‘fugl’.

        • Anonymous

          Dude’s from france.

          • I was actually born in Bangor and have lived in the surrounding area my whole life. Try again?

          •  Not yet.  As in you have not lived here your whole life unless you are writing from Mount Hope.

          •  Alas, I am not and your point is valid. I do spent a rather large part of my time there, however.

            I have lived in the surrounding area for all the years I have been alive. Fancy that?

      • Anonymous

        I completely disagree with everything you just posted. Nothing wrong with drinking but: Drunks hanging around outside bars are disgusting. Bar owners who serve these drunks while they are drunk is illegal. If the liquor commission doesn’t take care of business than the local police should. Yes we do need the police to sort this out so that law abiding citizens can enjoy their city.

        • Anonymous

           I agree with you Reverend. The only thing he got right in that whole mess of crap he wrote were the last three words

          • Alas your cruelty has dashed my heart to pieces and the frail nature of my being hast been so utterly destoryed by your taunting that my sad bones may not longer support the weight of this twisted wreckage of a body.

            In short: Ouch. That hurts.

        • I am sorry you cannot handle someone calling you or your other names or things you find insulting. Maybe someday you’ll have the confidence to not care and simply pass it off as the ignorance it is. I pray for you.

          • Anonymous

            How would you like for your young children to hear and see this type of behavior? Don’t bother praying for me, I’m not the religious type.

          •  I wouldnt like it. But it is unlikely to stop an I do not believe legislating it away is the answer. I believe the answer is in teaching our young people to either not do it or learn to ignore it. Im not religious. It was a jest. Im an agnostic atheist with a rather deep disgust for religion, to tell you the truth. Good day.

          • Anonymous

            Teaching the children is the most important step in the process, I agree. I also think that it’s also an important part of the local policeman’s job. Not meaning that they should have a cop outside every bar, they do have other things to do also. Just saying that and especially the foot patrolmen should take care of that activity when they observe it. I think the foot patrolman is a wonderful idea. As long as they interact with the public in a courteous and pleasant manner. Maine The Way Life Should Be  lol

          •  Back in the 1950’s a good looking woman couldn’t walk past a construction site with out hearing cat-calls and “wolf whistles” In fact if a woman didn’t get these she would go home and change her hair style.

          • Anonymous

            I guess we grew up in different locales with different morals.

      • Anonymous

        she aint all that

        • Anonymous

          She is beautiful, both on the inside and out. which is why I care, if she was just an external women then I wouldn’t care about cat calls for all she would be is eye candy for the ego. .. Choose your mate wisely.. One that doesn’t need a mirror in every room or uses $100 worth of makeup a week.. LOL! (-;

      • Yawningattrolls

        Troll alert!

    • Anonymous

      You ever wonder why the wife always wants to go for a walk downtown after 5 pm ???

      • Anonymous

        That would be your wife.

        • Anonymous

          Ya I know, can’t seem to keep her away from construction sites and sidewalk restaurants.

    • Anonymous

      I was downtown Monday night. Got there are 8 and left around 10. Didn’t see one “drunk” drinking outside of any bar. Where are you seeing this push? Which bars?

      • Anonymous

        The weather is changing.  I didn’t say it happened yesterday, it happened a couple timess durning the warm evenings.  Try it when there are bunches of people outside drinking at night. it changes you comfort level fast.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe you didn’t read my whole post push so let me ask the two questions again.

          Where are you seeing this push?

          Which bars?

          • Anonymous

            Not sure of the spelling but Impa something was the last one I saw people acting out and drunk in front of.

          • Anonymous

            Just because they were “in front of” doesn’t mean that Ipanema’s was the bar they just left from.  It doesn’t mean they were even in any of the bars/restaurants in the downtown area. The bars/restaurants know they cannot serve drunk patrons and while some will (and I can think of one or two in downtown Bangor that might) the majority will not risk their liquor license for a $4.00 bottle of beer.The other night the group of people I was with in downtown Bangor was approached by a homeless person that was drunk. He asked for a cigarette and while he didn’t come out of the bar we were in front of the bouncer from inside the bar came out and told him to move on. I honestly don’t know what people are looking for in the downtown. Do people want the sidewalks to “roll-up” at night and hang a “closed sign” at either end of the downtown?

          • Anonymous

            Maybe some do want the streets to roll up at night but I’m not one of them.  I like the open bar set up and Impanemas was a nice friendly place.  That being said I do not want nor do I like a place where I do not feel safe with my wife.  The rowdy drunk and angry youth on the street, no matter where they got their intoxicant from need to be taught some basic civility.  The law can do it and maybe now that they are out of their cars and in amongst us they will.  Society can do it and maybe it the law fails that is what we go back to.  I hope not but there were some good things in the old days that I believe are due for a ressurection.  I think that public square would be a nice place for a couple sets of stocks don’t you?

          • Anonymous

            Well I have never felt “unsafe” in downtown Bangor at anytime. I have been in groups, with my wife and family, with just my wife and alone. I have been in the downtown on weeknights and weekends. I am sorry if you do not feel “safe” but I have no fear from walking in the downtown.

          • Anonymous

            the broard steet area

          • Anonymous

            OK push it seems you are reluctant to “name names”.

          • Anonymous

            It was so long ago, he forgot the name of the bar.

    • Anonymous

      And the ‘th0ught police’ hover in the background. Do the bar owners really allow people to take their drinks outside? Probably not. My guess is if someone is hanging around outside drinking, the barkeep doesn’t know they’ve taken the drink outside. So let’s not blame the barkeep for the actions of someone else. Yep, the cat calling is a pain, but downtown Bangor is such an area, thjat if you know it’s probably going to happen if you walk past a particular place, cross the street.

  • He should be wearing a class A hat/cover

    • Anonymous

      Yep, and a Brazzard for good measure. LOL….

  • Henderson bobby

    Was a time when we new the cops on a first name basis . The cops new who the bad guys are were connected on the streets . Cops stopped at the store at the corner of Ohio And Hammond every day . And talk to the people. Since that time thier has been stabbing and rampant drug dealing.  I hope they can get back on the streets and see what is really going on. Maybe they can win back some public trust.  If the cops talk to the people they will find out what they need to know . Kinda makes you wonder if they even want to get drug dealer and such off the streets.

    • Anonymous

       I agree that having a foot presence is a great way to prevent and solve crime.  My grandfather used to tell me about living in NYC in the 40’s and how the mounted police were a frequent site on most every street.  He said that the cop knew everyone on his beat and they all respected the cops because they knew them. Now we only see the cops when they are writing us a ticket, which leads to an adversarial type of relationship.  If law enforcement focused more on forging relationships and being a part of the community we would see a drastic drop in crime.  These relationships not only help to make a potential perpetrator think twice about committing a crime, but it also allows police to use these relationships as a way of getting information about crimes which have already taken place.  I think this experiment in Bangor will prove to be beneficial and probably catch on in other communities as well.  

    • Tom Brown III

       new or knew…

  • David Gregg

    Well it sure can’t hurt at all!  Thanx

  • Anonymous

    Great job BPD. Another thing I miss is the motorcycles. Not that there is a reason for it (off topic), but they were cool. Didn’t the BPD patrol on a few bikes back in the 80’s? At least I thought their were one or two of them.

  • Andy Dufresne

    finally…shoo the panhandlers away, move the sex offenders along…

    •  I agree with some of what you say, BUT in a country which prides itself on allowing “free speech” how do you propose to limit people simply asking for money? 

      • Andy Dufresne

         make it a civil offense that anyone caught giving money at certain times….slap on the wrist kind of crime if its not serious enough

  • Anonymous

    It’s about time they did their job. No foot patrols for almost 20 yrs! That is ridiculous. I would like to shake the hand of the man that put them back on foot. This is the smartest thing I’ve seen a police force do in years. The police need to be interacting with the public in a positive manner. 

  • Anonymous

    Awesome BPD  Now please get the punks that walk out in front of me and give me the finger when I have a green light and the right of way……

    •  Sounds like you are the victim of the crime of the century.  Get a grip. 

      It is really humorous that your pen name translates into “Governments too big” BUT you want that government to correct all your little ills.

      I wish all you “small government” folks would be a bit honest and tell us how many times you have used the police (called in a complaint) fire department and local town office. 

  • Conley Raye

    Foot Patrols are great and benefits, all. New Police station is nearby which makes sense, now. Its the right thing to do. Good decision made so thanks to all that made it possible.

  • Anonymous

    Great start!!…..Now…. if  The City will put Pickering Square and the rest of the parks as non-smoking zones, 99.9% of these punks will have to crawl back to where they came from. Better yet, a drug sniffing k-9 partner would create some pretty funny “Get Out Of Dodge” moments.

    • Anonymous

      smokers pay taxes.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not against smoking. Hell, if people want to kill themselves, who am I to criticize. It’s just that the punks I see hanging around and trying to intimidate Senior Citizens, all seem to have cigarettes hanging out of their mouths.

        • Anonymous

          Of course. So if we get rid of the smoking, then the people hanging out will automatically be respectful. 

          • Anonymous

            Not quite what I was trying to get across. Perhaps these trouble makers would actually have to go back into their nests to smoke or risk getting a fine.

          •  Please define “troublemakers”.  Is this anyone between 10 & 22? Is this anyone who uses the parks in a different manner than you find pleasing? 

            When I was a teenager me and a bunch of peers went to a local park to play a little pick-up.  The older people looked at us like we were scum just because half of us were not wearing shirts (the way poor kids defined teams back then) and we were all sweaty and to be honest a bit loud. 

            If you are talking about people selling drugs, flinching purses, or getting in your face, I’m there, those people need to move on, but if you are talking about someone just sitting in the sun smoking a cigarette, and dressed in a manner that disturbs your sensibilities, maybe YOU need to find another place to walk.

          • Anonymous

            Question. Please define “troublemakers”.  Answer. “trou’ ble-mak’er n. one who incites others to quarrel, rebel, etc.” Q. Is this anyone between 10 & 22? A. No. “Troublemakers come in all ages.”Q. Is this anyone who uses the parks in a different manner than you find pleasing? A. Yes.Mark wrote: When I was a teenager me and a bunch of peers went to a local park to play a little pick-up.  The older people looked at us like we were scum just because half of us were not wearing shirts (the way poor kids defined teams back then) and we were all sweaty and to be honest a bit loud.
            RM: When I was a teenager we played skins and shirts also. I never noticed any older people looking at us like we were scum though, as they didn’t hang around on the school yard where we played. I suppose they were too busy working. What little money I made delivering the news, mowing lawns and shoveling snow wasn’t enough to pay for college so I got drafted into the Army right out of high school. Ended up in Vietnam and got really dirty and sweaty. The older people I was around (Officers and non-coms) didn’t look at us like we were scum either,  as they were in the same condition……….. 
            Mark: If you are talking about people selling drugs, flinching purses, or getting in your face, I’m there, those people need to move on, but if you are talking about someone just sitting in the sun smoking a cigarette, and dressed in a manner that disturbs your sensibilities, maybe YOU need to find another place to walk.
            RM: Yes, I am talking about the dope pushers, thieves, litterers and punks who get their jollies by harrassing old folks like me. As far as your last sentence goes: It takes a hell of a lot more to disturb my sensibilities than what people wear or what their smoking habits happen to be. As to finding another place to walk: I don’t think that I’ll let a few foul-mouthed, low life scum, dictate to me how I should live. Have a good day, Mark…….  
            As Bob Dylan once sang:  There’s a slow train coming… up around the bend…..     

  • Anonymous

    This is only possible when the weather is acceptable… In which if it is… wait 10 minutes.
     

    • Anonymous

      L.L. Bean sells winter coats and boots

  • Briney

    Believe it will pay off for both downtown and police.

  • Anonymous

    As a woman, when I go downtown, the only things I don’t like are: people hanging around Broad St area near the bars as I have been approached there by drinkers (can’t say if they were drunk, but they were definitely high and partying) and the occasional panhandler. Other than that, I just miss the beautiful fountain and wonder where the Continuity of Community sculpture went. Maybe Terence knows.

    • Anonymous

      He he he… yes the sculpture I think is being renovated. And no I don’t know everything.

    • Anonymous

      My understanding is the Continuity of Community sculpture is going to be located on the waterfront by the city docks.

  • I’ve always wondered how a cop, driving around, with his windows up, his radio and air conditioner on, and  his computer dominating his attention can effectively “patrol” a neighborhood.  The screams of Kitty Genovese come to mind.

    Happy they are back walking.  Maybe put some of them on horse-back. 

    • Anonymous

      Most people have no idea who you are talking about, but I do remember her. Thank you for remembering some history that should never be forgotten.

  • Anonymous

    That’s GREAT!  I remember ‘the day’ here in Caribou when the officers did that.  Meter maids (not that there were meters, but she would chalk tires), crossing guards, etc.  I do realize times have changed, but it couldn’t hurt if all communities had officers on foot.  What better way to observe and learn what is happening in the community than by actually seeing what is happening and talking with folks?  Instead of just riding around looking to write tickets.     

  • Anonymous

    Good news. The Bangor PD could use the exercise. 

    • Anonymous

      the officer in the above pic looks plenty fine to me

  • Anonymous

    Godd for them. Maybe Houlton P.D. could learn from this. What ever happened in Houlton with their curtisy checks on bussiness?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Bangor PD.  Everyone when you see an Officer thank them.  Hopefully this will deter some of the crime and intimidation put upon people just trying to shop and walk in Bangor.  A step in the right direction.  

  • Anonymous

    When the old Irish Policemen patrolled the “Devil’s half acre” years ago-they earned their money every minute of every day. My Grandfather offered solid advice for having a few beers in a bar from those years-never sit next to the wall in a booth and never sit with your back to the door. When a fight broke out you’d be trapped in your seat and you always wanted to see who just came through the door. It was often a fighting drunk with the Bangor PD close behind. 

  • HowdyNeighbor

    I hope those poor guys are wearing bullet proof vests!

    • Anonymous

       Officers who are seen as fair and honest always have the public behind them. They are in much less danger when behaving this way than those goons you see in the cities who have made themselves enemies of the public. The photo along with this article are reminding some of us older ones of a time when the police were easily approachable and respected, and when off-duty officers were having fun with the rest of us normal family people.

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