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Scam Alert

A Westbrook resident recently received a call from someone asking that they make a $15 donation to the Westbrook Police Department. The caller would not give out their name and just said they were from collections. The resident correctly hung up on the caller and contacted the PD.

This is a scam. The Westbrook Police Department does not call looking for donations. Should you receive a call like this, please hang up and don't give out any of your information. If your phone has caller id and you see what the phone number is please let us know - we would love to have a chat with this individual about the legalities of impersonating a police officer......

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Newsletter: April - June 2017

For the months of April, May and June, WPD handled 6,716 calls for service.  Of these calls, 137 were for disturbances, 43 for domestic disturbances, 110 theft complaints, and 215 reports of suspicious activity.  Officers made a total of 2,193 traffic stops, and issued 536 summonses for traffic infractions.  Officers made 142 arrests during the past three months, issued summonses to a further 92 individuals, for a total of 234 arrest reports.  Officers responded to 220 motor vehicle crashes, and took 123 crash reports.  They also took 348 offense reports.  That averages out to between two and three arrest and crash reports daily, and nearly four offense reports a day. 

 Over the past three months, Westbrook PD has welcomed three veteran officers to its ranks; Officer Rachel Horning, Officer Dennis Lowe and Officer Colby Clark.  Officer Horning has been a police officer in Maine since 2007, and is an instructor for Drug Recognition Experts, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and the intoxilyzer. In the past, Officer Horning has been named as the Officer of the Year with Wells PD, and received a commendation from the Maine State Police for saving the life of a suicidal individual.  Officer Lowe has worked the past 10 years for the Indianapolis, Indiana Police Department.  He was most recently a Narcotics Detective, and is also a Drug Recognition Expert.  Officer Clark comes to us from the Adams Massachusetts Police Department, where he served for 4 years.  Congratulations and welcome to Officers Horning, Lowe and Clark!

 The discovery of old explosives at a vacant residence on West Pleasant Street led to WPD calling for assistance from the Portland PD Hazardous Devices Unit. It took several days to complete the cleanup of the site.  No criminal intent is believed to be behind the explosives.

 An open house was held at the Public Safety Building on April 8th. Visitors had the opportunity to tour the building, view equipment, and meet officers. A couple of hundred people visited us for the event. Thanks to everyone who visited and made the event a great success.  We look forward to opening up our doors to the public again next year.

 The Portland Sea Dogs honored Sergeant Michael Loranger, Detective Dan Violette and Officer Ben Hall as Hometown Heroes at their April 8th game. Congratulations to all three!

 April 10th was a special birthday here at the PD – it was K9 Brook’s 2nd birthday. Happy Birthday Brook!  K9 Brook serves with Officer Ben Hall, and has already had a number of successful tracks to apprehend criminal suspects.

 Sergeant Michael Loranger was honored by the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) with a Hero with a Heart award on April 12th. Sergeant Loranger was given this award because of his work with Human Trafficking victims – removing them from their plight, showing compassion and connecting them to needed services. Congratulations Sergeant Loranger!

 At the May 1st City Council meeting, Public Safety Office Coordinator Mary Morrissey was honored as our Employee of the 1st Quarter of 2017.  Mary works for all three public safety departments – Police, Fire and Emergency Communications – and does an excellent job managing the needs of all three departments.  Mary works on the budgets of all three departments, plus the City’s IT budget.  She has proven to be an invaluable member of our team.  Congratulations Mary!

 On May 4th, a tabletop exercise was held between the Westbrook School Department, Westbrook Public Safety departments, and other City departments.  The tabletop exercise was held to test the emergency response plans for the various departments.  This was an invaluable experience that will greatly enhance the emergency planning for all the involved departments.  Further exercises/training are planned in the future.

 Chief Roberts and Officer Bissonnette took part in the annual Police Unity Tour.  The Unity Tour is when Police Officers across the nation bicycle to Washington DC, culminating in a candlelight vigil to remember all the officers that have given their lives in the line of duty.  Chief Roberts provided a motorcycle escort for the group, while Officer Bissonnette bicycled the entire way. 

 May 14th marked the 58th anniversary of the line of duty death of Chief Pierre Harnois.  RIP Chief Harnois.

 On May 19th, a report was received that a person with a weapon had entered Westbrook High School.  All on-duty Police Officers responded to the school.  The school was put on lockdown, a perimeter established, and the building was searched room by room.  The investigation revealed that no one had entered the building with a gun, and the individuals seen with the gun had been in a vehicle in the school parking lot with an airsoft gun.  The airsoft gun was located. 

 Mandatory training was held in May for all Police Officers.  Topics that were covered included search warrant writing, ethics, leadership, working and helping homeless youth, interactive training on high risk/felony traffic stops, and vehicle extractions.  All officers also qualified on their service weapons and shotguns in June.  The Police Department is committed to providing our officers with continuous and extensive training to ensure we have highly trained and competent officers protecting and serving the community. 

 Westbrook PD participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Maine Special Olympics on June 7th.  10 officers, 1 dispatcher, and 1 K9 did the 3.2 mile run to raise money for the Maine Special Olympics.  

Youth Academy

Youth Academy

Teen Support Group

CASH now sponsors a weekly support group for teenagers who have been affected by substance use.  The group meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Warren Congregational Church, located at 810 Main Street.  The group is free and confidential, and is open to teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18.

Teen Group 

Child Car Seat Installation & Inspection

Westbrook PD wants to make sure that your child is properly restrained in a motor vehicle.  Officer Melissa May is a certified child car seat technician, and is available (by appointment) to inspect your car seat and offer suggestions to better safeguard your child.  To make an appointment, please contact Officer May at 207-854-0644 x2551, or email her at mmay@westbrook.me.us.

Driving Enforcement

The Westbrook Police Department has received several grants from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to conduct dedicated enforcement patrols targeting impaired drivers, distracted drivers, speeders, and seatbelt violations.  These patrols will be ongoing and lasting throughout the spring and summer.  Officers will be working these details at all hours of the day and night and on all days of the week.  Officers will be both in uniform and plainclothes.  Along with dedicated patrols, we will be conducting checkpoints to look for impaired drivers. All of these driving behaviors we are focusing on are dangerous, and engaging in them can have deadly results on the roadways.  WPD reminds all drivers to never drink and drive, obey the speed limit, buckle up, and put your cell phone down!

 

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