They received their badges today during a ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
The 5 troopers all completed ten weeks of specialized training and will now go on patrol with a veteran trooper before beginning to patrol on their own.
Governor Lepage was the guest speaker at today’s ceremony and thanked them for wanting to serve the state.
All of the troopers grew up in our region including David Olmstead of Milo who served in the National Guard and also worked as a Bangor police officer before joining the State Police.
The other new troopers include Travis Doughty who grew up in Argyle and graduated from Old Town High School in 2014. He graduated from Eastern Maine Community College with an associate degree in applied science. He is assigned to Troop A, York County.Benjamin Handzel grew up in Orland. He was homeschooled through high school,and graduated from Eastern Maine Community College with an associate degree in criminal justice. He will be patrolling in Troop A, York County. Lauren Roddy grew up in Belgrade and graduated from Messalonskee High School and the University of Maine at Augusta. She is a former Maine Game Warden. Roddy is assigned to Troop D, patrolling Waldo County.Shaunna Beaudoin grew up in Brookton Township in Washington County. She graduated from East Grand High School in 2013 and graduated from Husson University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Beaudoin is a former reserve police officer in Wells and also was an assistant varsity softball coach at East Grand High School. Beaudoin is assigned to Troop J, Washington County.