VASSALBORO, Maine — The Maine Warden Service is proud to introduce seven new Maine game wardens who graduated Friday from Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, marking the completion of an intensive 30-week training program.
The first 18 weeks include completing the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, also known as the Police Academy, where the wardens become certified State law enforcement officers. The Police Academy is attended by all other new law enforcement officers such as State troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and municipal police officers.
Upon graduating from Police Academy, game wardens then attend the 12-week Advanced Warden Academy, most of which is held at MCJA. This structure-based academy includes practical scenarios, physical fitness training, search and rescue, defensive tactics, and Title 12 statutory laws, and many other topics critically important to their new role as state law enforcement officers.
“Both the bureau (of Warden Service) and Maine citizens can be very proud of these seven men who have endured and successfully completed 30 weeks of training in preparation for their futures as Maine game wardens. One of our most important responsibilities as managers is to hire and promote the very best people; you are among the finest to be found and we wish you and your families a safe, productive, and rewarding career,” stated Col. Joel Wilkinson, Maine’s Chief Game Warden at Friday’s ceremony, according to a press release.
The newest game wardens are: William Shuman of Waldoboro, assigned to Rockwood district; Evan Ackley of Marshfield, assigned to Clayton Lake; Christopher Roy of Fort Kent, assigned to Fort Kent; Lucas Bellanceau of Woodstock, Conn., assigned to Fryeburg; Christopher Sargent of Ellsworth, assigned to Bucksport; Carleton Richardson of Waterboro, assigned to Sanford; and Timothy Coombs of Wilton, assigned to Strong.