Recent activity at Veazie PD

The Department has continued its focus on quality training for our officers this year.  Our recent training has covered several different subject areas, allowing us to continue to provide service excellence to the Town.  Here is an update on what we’ve been up to this year:

Sgt. Nichols has attended 80 hours of leadership training this year, most recently the FBI-LEEDA Command Institute sponsored by our neighbors at Orono PD.  He also became certified as a Squad Leader Instructor and Officer Basic Instructor for MACTAC (Multi-Assault, Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities).  This intense, 40-hour course focusing on active shooter response was hosted by Brewer PD and was presented by the National Tactical Officers Association with instructors from the Los Angeles Police Department.  Sgt. Nichols completed the 16-hour Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Combined Provider Course hosted by Glenburn FD, instructed by MPS Solutions from Springfield, MA.  This is another intense course focusing on tactical emergency first aid.  He also became certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Off. Parkhurst completed a 24-hour Basic Crime Scene Technician class hosted and instructed by Portland PD.  On 15 SEP, he will be attending the Crisis Intervention Team Program at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, hosted by NAMI-Maine.  This course is 40 hours of specialized training with the goal for first responders to have the communication skills to de-escalate situations involving individuals living with mental illness.

Most officers attended the Pipeline Emergency Response class held at the Spectacular Events Center and instructed by Paradigm Liaison Services.  We had our annual firearms qualifications on the 12th of August where we re-qualified with our pistols and shotguns.  (In the event you are unaware, we carry the Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol and Benelli M1 and M2 12 gauge shotgun.)  All officers continually take part yearly in training mandated by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  This includes 22 hours of mandatory training for 2014 set by MCJA and 18 hours of elective training specified by the Chief.  Areas covered are wide-ranging and include:  New Law Updates, Case Law Updates, Social Media, Methamphetamine Labs, Elder Abuse & Exploitation, Ontario Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment, Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Awareness, CPR/AED, etc.

The Department participated in the “2014 Drive Sober, Maine!” campaign in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, which concluded this weekend.  We also participated in the “2014 Buckle Up-No Excuses” Seat Belt Education and Enforcement campaign from May 14th-June 1st.  Both campaigns were successful.

Sgt. Nichols and Chief Leonard were successful in getting VZPD designated as an Official Inspection Station for child safety seats.  If you or someone you know has questions, has a car seat needing to be inspected or needs assistance installing a car seat, give us a call and make an appointment with Sgt. Nichols.  There is no cost.

Take care, drive carefully, stay alert and stay safe!

Back to school on Tuesday, 02 SEP…

Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited within the Town of Veazie!

Just a reminder, folks, that fireworks of any kind are not authorized to be ignited or used within the Town of Veazie.  It is possible, however, for you to have a fireworks display if  you seek permission from the Town Council at least 30 days prior and meet all of the conditions specified in “Town Ordinance 19 – Fireworks,” which is posted in its entirety below:

Section 19.01  Purpose
This Ordinance is enacted under the authority of Sections and of the Town Charter for the purpose of promoting the public peace, safety, and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town by regulating the ignition of Fireworks in any shape or form within any portion of the Town of Veazie.

Section 19.02  Definitions
“Fireworks”, for the purpose of this ordinance, shall have the same definition as set forth in 8 M.R.S.A. § 211.

Section 19.03  Fireworks Prohibited
It shall be unlawful for any person to ignite or set off fireworks of any kind or description within the Town of Veazie. However, the foregoing prohibition shall not apply to an approved display provided that the requirements of Section 19.04 of the Ordinance are met.

Section 19.04  Fireworks Display
Fireworks displays may ignited or set off provided all of the following requirements are met:

A person must apply to and receive permission from the Veazie Town Council at least 30 days prior to the display date.

A person must possess and produce a valid permit issued by the State of Maine Fire Marshall’s office.

A person must show proof of liability insurance in an amount sufficient to satisfy the Veazie Town Council.

A person must agree to reimburse the Town of Veazie for all incidental costs associated with such Fireworks display including, but not limited to, police and fire protection, ambulance services and damage to surrounding properties.

No site may be considered for a Fireworks display unless such site is located in an Industrial or Residential – 4 Zone or other site deemed appropriate by the Veazie Town Council.

No Fireworks display may be considered for permission unless such display will be ignited or set off between the hours of 6:00 P.M. EST and 10:00 P.M. EST.

The Veazie Town Council reserves the right to impose additional requirements as individual cases may warrant in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of inhabitants of the Town.

Section 19.05  Council Decision Final
The determination of the Veazie Town Council as to the propriety of any display or application for display is final and is not subject to appeal to any other body within the Town. However, nothing in this section shall be construed as to limit an applicants right to remedy under Maine or Federal law.

Section 19.06  Violations
Any violator of this Ordinance, upon conviction subsequent to the first conviction, will be subject to a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200).

Section 19.07  Severability
If any section, subsection, clause, phrase or portion of this Ordinance is for any reason held competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be deemed as a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions hereof.