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Maine welcomes 11 new state troopers

Posted April 12, 2013, at 11:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s 11 newest State Troopers have been told that they will ‘see the best and worst of people” as they begin their new careers.
  The chief of the Maine State Police, Col. Robert Williams, administered the oath of office to the new Troopers in ceremonies Friday at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, according to a state police press release. 
The new Troopers have completed eight weeks of specialized State Police training, and will now patrol with a veteran Trooper for the next few weeks. 
Col. Williams told his newest Troopers, “You will hear and see things that you can never repeat and will know people’s most inner secrets. Unlike most professions, you will be expected to make decisions in a fraction of a second while under tremendous stress, and the public expects nothing less.” 
Four of the new troopers will be patroling the midcoast, as part of Troop D.
  • Thomas Bureau of Farmingdale is a graduate of Oak Hill High School and served in the Air Force.
  • Desiree Wuthenow from Augusta is a graduate of the University of  Maine at Augusta. Bureau and Wuthenow will patrol in Waldo County.
  • Seth Allen of Manchester attended Central Maine Community College and was a automobile mechanic in Augusta.
  • Erin Ball of Lisbon is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and  served in the Marines. She  previously worked at UNUM in Portland.  Allen and Ball will patrol Kennebec County.
 Being assigned to Troop F in Houlton is:
  • Andrew Levesque of Madawaska will patrol in northern Aroostook County. Levesque is a former Van Buren police officer and graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
  • Jacob Ferland of Bangor will patrol in southern Aroostook County. Ferland is a former Veazie police officer and graduated from Husson University.
Assigned to Troop C in Skowhegan is Blake Conrad of East Andover.  Conrad will patrol Somerset County and is a graduate of the University of New England.
Assigned to Troop J in Ellsworth is Jeffrey Taylor II from Bangor. Taylor will patrol in Washington and Hancock counties. He attended the University of Maine and is a member of the National Guard.
Assigned to Troop A in Alfred is Adam Schmidt of Sterling, Mass. Schmidt will patrol in the Lebanon area and is a Westfield State University graduate.
Assigned to Troop E in Orono is Adam Gould of Hermon. Gould is a graduate of Curry College and served in the Army .
Assigned to Troop G, which patrols the Maine Turnpike is Justin Huntley from Purcellville, Va. Huntley is a former Virginia State Trooper and
is a graduate of Husson University. 

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