VASSALBORO, Maine - The State of Maine added seven game wardens to its ranks at a graduation ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy this morning. These game wardens will fill seven vacant districts across the state.
The newest Maine Game Wardens, and the district they are assigned to are: Warden Mike Boyer - Jackman; Warden Robert Johansen - Big Ten Twp.; Warden Jeremy Judd - Gray; Warden John Lonegan - Eagle Lake; Warden Richard Oullette - Monticello; and Warden Raymond Miller - Masardis.
The graduation marks the culmination of 28 weeks of training for the game wardens that included an 18-week law enforcement program followed by a 10-week advance warden service academy training.
The advanced warden training is designed to provide newly hired game wardens with the basic skills necessary to perform their duties as a District Game Warden. It encompasses a number of topics, including but not limited to: search and rescue, warden patrol techniques, wildlife and fisheries management, equipment maintenance, public relations, public speaking, fish and wildlife law, investigation techniques and a practical exercise. The 18-week law enforcement course included such course work as emergency vehicle operations, constitutional law, search and seizure, first aid, water safety, basic firearms, arrest procedure, and physical conditioning.
Beginning August 25, Maine Game wardens will continue their training with an eight week field training officer program. Each of the new wardens will work under the direct guidance of an experienced game warden and will be evaluated by field supervisors. During this training new game wardens are evaluated while performing their duties and critiqued daily as to their strengths and areas in need of improvement. Upon successful completion of the Field Training Officer Program, these newest wardens will begin their patrols under the supervision of a divisional sergeant.
This 28-week training for game wardens is a requirement of the Maine Warden Service.
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