I have to say, I am very disappointed with this trio.
They came to our training center and taught a large group of crime scene investigators how to collect evidence, measure and determine trajectory, and properly document the scene of a shooting. Important work.
Investigators from all over Maine, New England, and even a lonely wanderer from Glendale, Arizona were imparted great knowledge by these gentlemen.
After a week of training the best and the brightest, this band of alleged geniuses could not figure out how to get the correct dangle (Duck Vs. Angle) in their photo with the world famous Bangor Police Department Duck of Justice.
I would point out that this might have been the WORST dangle I have ever “scene” (see what I did there? Seen- Scene…very creative).
For crying out loud- it looks like the Duck’s aquarium is full of water.
We have forgiven them. Only because the investigators advised us that it was one of the best classes on investigating in a post-shooting environment/crime scene that they ever had.
The Bangor Police Department Evidence Response Team would like to thank them for coming.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
One of the toughest jobs in the building is being tasked with following up, day after day, on domestic violence assault investigations.
The arrest of an abuser is only the beginning of a long process. Gathering further evidence to make sure the case culminates in a successful prosecution is tedious and sometimes depressing.
Checking on the victim repeatedly, making sure that no contact orders are being adhered to, arriving unannounced to find out if the offender is spending time with the victim by randomly showing up at odd times of day, and being supportive to the victims who sometimes have a change of heart about moving forward with prosecution.
Then, when we stack on the task of keeping track of all the registered sex offenders in Bangor, you might understand why we give Detective Steve Pelletier a free pass when he walks around the Criminal Investigation Division wearing Christmas slippers which depict a Pug sporting a pair of Reindeer antlers. Oh, and a red nose.
That doesn’t stop us from taking his photo and putting it on Facebook.
We hope your Thursday is great and that you are able to wear cool slippers whenever you want to.
We will be here.
BPD Duck of Justice is published in BDN Maine Weekly on Thursdays. This installment is for April 26.