Newport Police Department hires new patrol officer

Posted March 26, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
Last modified March 27, 2011, at 7:09 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — The Newport Police Department has drawn from the University of Maine’s police force in hiring its newest full-time officer.

Phil Boyd, a Bangor High School graduate who is working toward his criminal justice degree at the University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor, joined the force last week. Since 2001, Boyd has served as a reserve officer in Belfast and a full-time officer in Thomaston as well as the last eight years working at the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Boyd, 36, said that a negative experience with a police officer who he said did not act professionally was part of what spurred him to begin police work.

“Unfortunately he represented the law enforcement community in a way I didn’t expect him to act,” said Boyd recently. “I know I can be a credit to the profession and do a better job than the person who treated me badly.”

Boyd, a 2003 graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy whose brother Steve is a corporal in the Brewer Police Department, said the Newport job attracted him because it has more advancement opportunities than he saw as a university police officer. That’s not to say he didn’t enjoy his time at UMaine.

“It was a chance to help teach kids to become adults, but there wasn’t much room for movement,” he said.

In Newport, he will work a variety of shifts, which he says he’s grateful for because it will expose him to all aspects of police work.

Newport Chief Leonard Macdaid said Boyd replaces Patrol Officer Amanda Smith, who recently took a job with the state and has retained status as a reserve officer for Newport. There were 25 applicants for Smith’s position.

“We’re always happy to have new, experienced people who can help out the town,” said Macdaid. “Officer Boyd will bring a new dimension to the town of Newport and the police department.”

The Newport Police Department has 14 officers on its payroll, including part-timers.