The Sheriff’s Office believes in strong community involvement and as such many of the deputies take on extra duties to help build community ties. We have a DARE instructor that teaches in the MSAD 4 and MSAD 68 school districts; deputies that teach firearms safety, coach school sports, are active in churches, serve on various boards and committees, raise funds for worthy causes, and other ties that make the Sheriff’s Office a true community partner.
The Sheriff’s office works closely with Womancare, the county domestic violence project; Rape Response Services; Crisis Intervention; Charlotte White Center and Community Health and Counseling; and Mayo Hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office worked with the Charlotte White Center, Community Health and Counseling, and Mayo Hospital to adapt Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for a rural setting and including EMS in the response. This county was the first in the nation to do so. CIT teaches law enforcement and EMS to respond to people in the midst of mental or emotional crisis in ways that are compassionate, safe, and connect those in need to appropriate services.
The Sheriff’s Office also provides security for the annual Piscataquis Valley Fair; deputies donate their time with the money raise used to provide scholarships for students attending college.