BANGOR, Maine — Seven new Bangor police officers recently graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy after completing 18 weeks in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.
Sgt. Paul Edwards said the officers graduated from the Vassalboro academy on Dec. 14. They are Timothy Wheelden, Jeremy M. Brock, Dustin Dow, Jermaine Walker, Nickolas Huggins, Derek Laflin and David Olmstead Jr.
Wheelden grew up in Bangor, graduating from Bangor High School in 2004 before joining the Army in 2007. He studied criminal justice at Beal College, attending school in 2010-11.
Brock has a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He is originally from Easton.
Dow, a Lincoln native, holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Husson University, where he also studied psychology.
Walker, a native of Jamaica, lived in New Jersey for nine years before coming to the University of Maine to play football. He graduated in 2006 and returned to UMaine to get his master’s degree in special education in the fall of 2010. Walker worked as an ed tech in the Brewer school system until last summer.
Huggins grew up in Waterville and obtained an associate degree in criminal justice from Southern Maine Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in the same field of study from Husson University in 2010.
Laflin is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and studied criminal justice from Southern Maine Community College. He worked for two years at the Scarborough Police Department.
Olmstead grew up in Milo and has served in the Maine Army National Guard for six years. He was deployed for 10 months in Afghanistan in 2010 as a combat medic.