Five new state troopers took their oaths of office earlier this month when they graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
Gov. John Baldacci spoke at a recent graduation ceremony for the five, who were sworn in by Maine State Police Col. Patrick J. Fleming and received their badges.
The five new troopers and their patrol assignments are:
• Bethany Couturier, Montville, who will patrol in Waldo County. Couturier is a University of Maine graduate.
• Christopher Foxworthy, Orono, who will patrol in the Lincoln-Millinocket region. Foxworthy served as a patrol officer for the town of Orono and is a member of the Maine Air National Guard.
• Jedediah Malcore, East Wilton, who will patrol in southern Aroostook County. He is a former Wilton police officer.
• Shane Ross, Pittsfield, who will patrol in York County. Ross served four years in the U.S. Air Force and is a Husson College graduate.
• Elgin Physic, Lewiston, who will patrol in Androscoggin County. He is a former Brunswick police officer and an Iraq war veteran who served with the Army Reserve
Another 44 municipal and county police officers will graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on Friday, Dec. 19, according to spokesman Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety. That class has spent the past 18 weeks in study and training at the academy and most will begin patrolling immediately.