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Haven't seen anything on here about Maine SP for a while so wanted to get the message out. We currently have a continuous hiring process open for certified officers from in-state and out of state. Once a candidate finishes the process they will be hired immediately. They will perform various functions for the agency until the start of the next recruit training troop (RTT) which is planned for the summer. Certified officers will be eligible for step increases upon hire based on experience.

Duty assignments are available in every Troop in the state and lateral hires WILL know their assignment at the time of hire. We just tentatively agreed to a new contract which includes multiple raises and changes to on-call pay which will greatly benefit Troopers and their families. Minimum shift, grant, construction and escort overtime opportunities are all available immediately upon completion of FTO. Full descriptions of the specialty teams can be found on the website.

A bill to reform qualified immunity for officers was soundly defeated 9-1 in the last legislative session. You still have the support of the people and legislators here in Maine! See a short video below that covers highlights of one of the recent 10-week RTTs.


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... Also, what the hell is this guy above me talking about?
I have 0 idea. It sounds like one of my reports at the tail end of a night shift...minus the sex with animals.


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Certified officers still attend an RTT in Maine? I was under the impression that you could lateral in.
Certified officers get a waiver for the 18 week BLEPT but must still attend the RTT. M-F home on the weekend. State provided vehicle for commuting back and forth. It is paramilitary but the focus is training. I'm an Army vet and was a Trooper from another state and took a lot away from it.
 

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Certified officers still attend an RTT in Maine? I was under the impression that you could lateral in.
Its a super worthwhile process, you will get everything you could possibly need out of it from a training perspective. Very helpful for out of staters too. It looks daunting, like going back to the academy, but its better than that, and is worth it.
 

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Certified officers get a waiver for the 18 week BLEPT but must still attend the RTT. M-F home on the weekend. State provided vehicle for commuting back and forth. It is paramilitary but the focus is training. I'm an Army vet and was a Trooper from another state and took a lot away from it.
So, guys who are veteran cops come, get hired, and serve as troopers, then still have to go back to the academy where they get treated like brand new, unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit. I don't quite get that.
 

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Its a super worthwhile process, you will get everything you could possibly need out of it from a training perspective. Very helpful for out of staters too. It looks daunting, like going back to the academy, but its better than that, and is worth it.
So Maine has a 10 week RTT for existing officers? That seems pretty extensive for someone already on full-time. I get it’s a different form of policing in comparison to city/town, but still.
 

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So Maine has a 10 week RTT for existing officers? That seems pretty extensive for someone already on full-time. I get it’s a different form of policing in comparison to city/town, but still.
it was created as a way for MSP to maintain its own academy after the state switched everything to the POST academy in Vassalboro. It teaches them a lot of advanced tactics, and solidifies those things learned in the standard academy. It also teaches them to be "Troopers" rather than cops. Thats how it was explained to me a long time ago. You also don't really get treated like trash at the RTT to PG1911's point. It's defiantly paramilitary, and there is that aspect of the training. But as a trooper trainee in the RTT, you are fully certified as a LEO in Maine, and you get more respect than you do in the BLETP. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't motivated, because Maine state isn't a retirement job, its a career. But if you want to put on the badge, this is the best way to do it.
 

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it was created as a way for MSP to maintain its own academy after the state switched everything to the POST academy in Vassalboro. It teaches them a lot of advanced tactics, and solidifies those things learned in the standard academy. It also teaches them to be "Troopers" rather than cops. Thats how it was explained to me a long time ago. You also don't really get treated like trash at the RTT to PG1911's point. It's defiantly paramilitary, and there is that aspect of the training. But as a trooper trainee in the RTT, you are fully certified as a LEO in Maine, and you get more respect than you do in the BLETP. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't motivated, because Maine state isn't a retirement job, its a career. But if you want to put on the badge, this is the best way to do it.
Seems interesting the way you do it up there. So town/city and state are all in one academy at one point or another? Then for the state guys they go to the RTT after? Do I have that right?
 

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Seems interesting the way you do it up there. So town/city and state are all in one academy at one point or another? Then for the state guys they go to the RTT after? Do I have that right?
It seems to be more common in rural states that only have one "basic academy" for certification purposes. Everyone is under the same roof for the basic and then agencies can decide to do additional training after.

WY, MT, SD, ND, and OR are a few states that come to mind as doing their Trooper training in a similar fashion. I do know VT does their 3-week "RTT" before the statewide basic academy.

I think it's a good way to do things. Establishes at least a baseline of training and tactics for every certified LEO in the state. Helps build relationships too.
 

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We've had POST here in California since before I came on the job back in the late 80s. Every academy in the state is required to have the basic POST standards in their academy. That being said, my department's academy incorporates all required POST stuff and then adds our own stuff, similar to what you're saying that the Maine Staties do, without have to attend two academies. But like you said North, we aren't all that rural, although there are many parts of this state that are.
 

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Seems interesting the way you do it up there. So town/city and state are all in one academy at one point or another? Then for the state guys they go to the RTT after? Do I have that right?
Yes, youve got it. Everyone, troopers, officers and deputies are in the same academy for 18 weeks. I have a lot of good friends across the state from my time in the BLETP, Troopers and others. Excellent way to do it. Then you bond well with a small class of troopers following the BLETP(anywhere from 10-20ish, dont quote me).
 

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Yes, youve got it. Everyone, troopers, officers and deputies are in the same academy for 18 weeks. I have a lot of good friends across the state from my time in the BLETP, Troopers and others. Excellent way to do it. Then you bond well with a small class of troopers following the BLETP(anywhere from 10-20ish, dont quote me).
Interesting, I guess that makes sense for a state that has a lot of rural parts to it. Pay seems to be better than what most will find down south or out west too, with Texas being the exception. Definitely not competing with Mass and NJ though from a salary standpoint. For an agency with under 300 sworn personnel, you’d think they could afford to offer a bit more there.
 

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It’s hard to attract veteran cops (esp ma cops) and tell them they need to go back to an academy then pay them 50k a year.

I don’t say this as a knock toward the agency, as the agency is squared away and very professional. I know I’d consider it if I was still in my 20s without a house and kids.
 

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It’s hard to attract veteran cops (esp ma cops) and tell them they need to go back to an academy then pay them 50k a year.

I don’t say this as a knock toward the agency, as the agency is squared away and very professional. I know I’d consider it if I was still in my 20s without a house and kids.
in addition, I’d say it’s pretty similar to the way it is here in ma. If you want to be a trooper here you go back to square one in New Braintree. Much rather the 10 weeks In Maine more focused on tactics and training than holding socks up in the air for 3 days
 

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That's the evidence I need. This is major and there are signs that it's still ongoing. Especially the fact their female dog is constantly at the vet for UTI's as well as a LOT of other questionable and suspicious behavior. Is there any way of finding that redacted information or is it gone forever?
Queries regarding that can be sent to me as a PM. As your posts and the resulting replies are completely off-topic for the thread at hand (recruiting for the Maine State Police), I have removed them.
 
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