GUILFORD- Dave Wilson, Guilford’s new town manager, is making the village’s century-old police department more visible.
During the week, Guilford is patrolled by Piscataquis Sheriff Deputies.
On the weekends, off duty deputies work for the Guilford Police Department and patrol the village using a car with the sheriff’s office logo on it.
Wilson says earlier this month he took the sheriff’s lettering off the side of the cruiser and put the town of Guilford’s logo on it, as well as adding Guilford police insignia to their uniforms.
He said many people didn’t know the town had its own police department.
“When I took over as town manager, what I decided to do was to kind of revitalize the police department. Its always belonged to the taxpayers of Guilford, they’ve always funded it, they own the vehicle, they pay the officers wages, they insure the department,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the makeover doesn’t stop at the cars as the police department will also enhance their office through mutual aid partnerships.
“That way it allows us to not only continue to have the off duty deputies but we can also use qualified offers of other departments to help staff it, and take some of that burden off the sheriff’s department,” Wilson said.
He stressed that this isn’t a creation of a new Guilford Police Department.
What is happening is a makeover of the one that already exists, so this won’t have an impact on the Guilford taxpayers.