About USM Public Safety
USM Public Safety
The mission of the University of Southern Maine Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with those that live, work, and pass through here. We constantly strive to provide a safe and secure environment through sensitive, caring and creative delivery of services, which include, but are not limited to community policing and crime prevention programs
University of Southern Maine Public Safety employs a division of sworn police officers consisting of a Chief of Police, 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 7 Officers. All sworn personnel are certified by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA). When new employees are hired they must have graduated the MCJA Police Academy or will need to attend the 18 week police academy in Vassalboro, Maine. USM Police Officers attend the same academy/training and are granted with the same authority to enforce laws as County, State, and Municipal police officers do.
Each year, officers must meet training requirements, set by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, to maintain their certification. Officers are mandated to complete 40 hours of training within 2 year training cycles. USM Officers often exceed 40 hrs in the two year training cycle due to the USM Police Department's own requirements. Examples of training are: firearms and qualifications, law updates, drug impairment, effects of alcohol, incident command, computer crimes, elder abuse, domestic violence, CPR with AED, active shooter, etc. Police officers train every year of their career to maintain and develop their skills. Some specialize in specific areas and some officers have also trained to become instructors where they assist with training new and veteran police officers.
USM officers also actively participate in community policing which demonstrates the department's motto of "Working Together for a Safer Community".