Title

Wild Wild East

Source

Down East

Date

9-2015

Pages

84-85, 100-104

Abstract

The presence of law enforcement on Maine’s islands is light to nonexistent. Most of the islands do not have serious crime, however drug addiction is a serious problem and the law of the mainland applies to Maine islands with year-round populations. Still, having a law enforcement official on an island is costly. Many islanders prefer to police their own, and collective social pressure in doing so has worked in some communities where crimes have taken place. Recruiting and retaining officers can be a challenge. Often the more successful community/officer relationships are the ones where the officer can acknowledge the sensibilities of the community he or she serves in and address laws that need to be enforced within that framework. [images]

Subjects

Law enforcement, Justice Administration of -- Maine

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