Maine facing state trooper shortage

Posted Nov. 05, 2010, at 3:31 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Public Safety is scrambling to fill state police vacancies as a wave of troopers becomes eligible for retirement.

Col. Patrick Fleming, state police chief, says there are 27 openings and another 40 troopers are expected to retire in the coming year. He says the state is working to recruit new troopers but that there will continue to be a shortage because it takes time get to them trained.

The state police force is authorized for a complement of 326 personnel, compared with the current level of 299.

He says that Mainers needn’t be alarmed. He says the force is managing vacations and time off, and using overtime, to ensure that adequate troopers are out on the road.