Wild Wild East
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]
Law enforcement, Justice Administration of -- Maine
Ellison, Jesse and Mia,, Richard photographer, "Wild Wild East" (2015). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 4417.