About the Department
The Westbrook Police Department is a community-policing oriented department, which is proud to protect and serve the City of Westbrook. We have 45 sworn officers and 6 civilian employees providing law enforcement services to the community. We provide law enforcement coverage to the City of Westbrook 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are proud to be an accredited police department through the Maine Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
The department is led by the Chief of Police. The Captain is the second in command and heads the Investigative and Support Services Division. The Lieutenant is the third in command and heads the Operations Division.
- Patrol Division: Our Patrol Division is comprised of 19 Patrol Officers and 6 Patrol Sergeants. Patrol Sergeants and Officers are scheduled to work day shift (6:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.), evening shift (2:00 p.m. - 11 p.m.) and late shift (10:00 p.m. - 7 a.m.). Patrol Sergeants and Officers work a rotating schedule of days on and off, to ensure maximum coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patrol Officers are responsible for patrolling an assigned sector of town, responding to calls for service, and conducting proactive enforcement. Patrol Sergeants oversee the shifts, approve reports, and respond to and supervise all major incidents.
- Traffic Enforcement Officers: the department has two dedicated Traffic Enforcement Officers who work during the day and evening and are dedicated to enforcing traffic laws in the city. Our Traffic Enforcement Officers focus enforcement on high-crash areas, roads commonly known to have motor vehicle violations, and also on roads where we have had citizen complaints about traffic.
- Frenchtown Community Policing Coordinator: the Police Department has a civilian staff member assigned as the Community Policing Coordinator for the Frenchtown neighborhood. Please check out the dedicated page for the Frenchtown Community Policing Office to find out more.
Investigative and Support Services Division
- Criminal Investigations Division (CID): CID is headed by a Detective Sergeant. There are 3 detectives in CID, and they investigate crimes against people, crimes against property, and financial crimes. CID is responsible for investigating all major crimes in the city and following up on reports taken by the patrol division. There is a detective on-call 24 hours a day to investigate any major crimes that occur at any time.
- Domestic Violence & Juvenile Investigator (DVI): the DVI investigates and follow up on all domestic violence cases in the city. Along with investigating these cases, the DVI works with domestic violence advocates to provide services for victims. We are pleased to be able to partner with Through These Doors, which provides the department with the use of their advocates. The DVI also investigates juvenile crimes in our city.
- Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA): we have 2 officers assigned to MDEA, and they are tasked with investigating drug crimes in the city. MDEA works as a regional task force to target drug traffickers across the region and to reduce the supply of drugs in the area.
- Evidence Technician (ET): the ET responds to crime scenes and processes them for evidence. Examples of crime scene processing include photography, DNA, fingerprinting, footwear impression, and evidence collection. Westbrook PD is part of the Cumberland County Regional Crime Lab, which gives us access to many different evidence processing machines not normally available to municipal police agencies. Our ET is also responsible for the custody of any property seized by the department.
- FBI Southern Maine Gang Task Force: the department has assigned one officer to the task force to assist in FBI investigations in the region.
- School Resource Officers (SRO): the department has two SRO’s; one for Westbrook High School, while the other is assigned to Westbrook Middle School and the three elementary schools. During the school year the SRO’s work in the schools, and are responsible for handling any calls at the schools, along with building a relationship with the students and the staff. During the summer the SRO’s cover summer school and are assigned to proactive juvenile patrol.
- Court Officer: the Court Officer is responsible with ensuring that all cases get to court and that any follow-up requested by the District Attorney’s Office is completed.
- Behavioral Health Unit (BHU): The Westbrook Police Department has a BHU comprised of a Recovery Liaison and a Mental Health Liaison. These are two clinicians who are embedded within the Police Department and have specialized training in mental health and substance use issues. The BHU co-responds to calls with officers, and will also respond in place of officers when appropriate. In 2016 the Westbrook Police Department founded the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program (WRLP). This program connects those struggling with substance use disorders to the Recovery Liaison, who works to get them treatment and support, along with working on improving their overall quality of life.