Sunday, June 18, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - June 18, 2017

Maine Navy SEAL Honored. Governor LePage directed that flags be flown at half-staff across the state of Maine on Tuesday, June 13th in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken. The Navy SEAL - a native of Falmouth, Maine - was killed in combat in Somalia on May 5th. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. Milliken grew up in Falmouth,Maine and graduated in 1998 from Cheverus High School in Portland. He is survived by his wife and two children. Read more in a news report by the Press Herald, June 12, 2017.

Maine Law Enforcement Update

Fryeburg, Maine Police Office Dies. Officer Nathan Desjardins was injured and subsequently died during a search for a missing canoeist over Memorial Day weekend. Maine Public, June 8, 2017. A memorial tribute was held on Friday in Augusta, Maine for Officer Desjardins (Press Herald, June 13, 2017).

K9 Has Successful First Day on Job. A Maine State Police K9 had a very good first day on the job. Watch a video by WMTW 8 ABC News, June 14, 2017.

Capital Police Doing Their Job! The recent shooting in Virginia of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) brought into focus the job that the nation's Capital Police are doing everyday. See "Shooting Highlights Role of Capitol Police", Maine Public, June 14, 2017.

Protecting Public Officials. The wounding of a Congressman on June 14th highlights the need to protect elected members of government who could be targets. Robert L. Oatman, CPP - a leading expert in personal, executive, and VIP protection - wrote an article a few years back that is of interest. Read "Reducing Risk for Elected Officials", Security Management Online, February 1, 2011.

Guns and Those Who Carry Them

Arming Maine's Forest Rangers? The Maine House has voted 132-15 to support a bill that would arm forest rangers. Read more in "Maine House strongly endorses new effort to arm forest rangers"Bangor Daily News, June 8, 2017.

Gun Problems at Maine's Criminal Justice Academy. Two trainees undergoing a five-week basic corrections training course are likely to be dropped from the training program. Seems they were involved in an incident where a gun discharged injuring a third trainee. Read more in "Trainees involved in shooting at police academy violated rules, director says"Bangor Daily News, June 14, 2017.  Read more with an interview of the shot correction's officer in "Wounded cadet calls shooting 'freak accident'", Bangor Daily News, June 16, 2017.

College Students and Guns in Maine. Maine House members recently shot down a proposal that would have allowed people with concealed carry permits to carry their firearms on public colleges. Read more in "Lawmakers gun down bill that sought to arm more college students"Maine Sun Journal, June 6, 2017.

Safety and Health News

Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized each June 15th throughout the United States and many other countries. Elder Abuse is considered by some to be the 'crime of the century'. Read more in an article posted by, June 13, 2017.

New Helicopter for LifeFlight. The medical helicopter service for Maine is expanding with a third helicopter. See "Maine's LifeFlight gets 3rd air ambulance helicopter"Press Herald, June 9, 2017.

Lyme Disease and Awareness.The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the 8th Annual Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest to raise awareness and knowledge about prevention against tick-borne illnesses. Read more in "Maine CDC highlights the importance of Lyme disease awareness and prevention", June 13, 2017.

Over 65? Then More Susceptible to Lyme Disease. See "Adults Over 65 Years Old Had the Highest Rates of Lyme Disease in 2016",, June 15, 2017.

Tornadoes in Maine? Our state usually has two a year - usually accompanied with severe thunderstorms. has some safety tips for tornadoes in Maine.

Misc Security and LE News

Covertly Tracking Lobster Boats. A controversial bill will allow the Department of Marine Resources to track lobster boats with tracking devices covertly placed on the boats - without the boat owner's permission. Read more in a news report by WCSH 6 Portland, June 7, 2017.

History Channel's 'Alone'. The survival series returns for another season. Seven teams of 2 family members each are competing in the wild woods of Vancouver, Canada. One of the teams hails from Central Maine and features a former Green Beret.

Driver's License Loss and Drug Convictions. It may be possible to lose your driver's license for six months if convicted of a drug offense. The folks at Central (editorial board) think this is a bad idea. Read more in "Our View: Mandatory suspension won't help drug crisis", Central, June 16, 2017.

TIEMS USA 2017 Annual Conference. The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) held their Annual Conference this past week (June 12-16, 2107) at the University of Maine. Read more about it at the following link:

488th MP Company. The Maine Army National Guard military police company has been training at the Plymouth Training Site in Plymouth, Maine. Read up on their two-week long annual training activities in a news report by, June 15, 2017.

REAL ID and Maine Compliance. Maine is one of the states that resisted implementation of the federal requirements for new technology to be used for driver's licenses. But eventually it will need to comply. Read more in "Maine gets extension on REAL ID compliance", Central Maine - Portland Press Herald, June 15, 2017. For more info read "Homeland Security agrees to extension of REAL ID compliance period for Maine",, June 15, 2017.

Money for County Jails. Mary-Anne LaMarre, executive director of the Maine Sheriffs Association and a board member of the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, has penned an article about increasing funding for Maine's jails. Read "Funding county jails: Why it matters to all families in Maine", Press Herald, June 9, 2017.

Opinion: Public and Independent Oversight Needed for Prisons. A opinion contributor writes "Without public oversight, abuse and neglect rarely comes to light", Bangor Daily News, June 15, 2017.

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