Norway Police Department – A Brief History

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NORWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • 1948 – First recorded budget – daytime police $600, night time police $1,896

J Emelien Last Chance Lachance 1948

  • 1949 – E. LaFrance designated night time officer
  • 1951 – Adelbert Guilford designated daytime officer

Aldebert Dellie Guildford June 1951

  • 1954 – Ordinance passed allowing officers to enforce town ordinances
  • 1956 – Annual budget:  $3,393
  • 1957 – Charles Patton appointed night officer
  • 1959 – Earle Rogers appointed to police department: J.E. LaFrance retires
  • 1960 – Annual budget: $9,600

December 1960

  • 1961 – Albert Flanders appointed to police department
  • 1963 – Raymond Judkins hired, bringing department personnel to three. Budget: $11,500

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  • 1964 – First recorded Chief of Police appointed:  Adelbert Guilford. His first report to citizens, recorded 473 calls for service
  • 1965 – Royce B. Gordon, Archie McAllister, Chief Guilford are all full time officers; Sanford , Chandler is the reserve
  • 1966 – Annual budget: $14,400

Chief Guilford Oct 1966

  • 1970 – Chief Guilford retires 01-01-1970

NPD Chief Guilford

  • 1971 – Archie McAllister appointed Chief of Police.  528 calls for service recorded. Annual budget: $17,820

1971

  • 1972 – 592 calls for service
  • 1973 – Chief McAllister retires; Edmond LaChance appointed Chief.  1,288 calls for service.  Three full time, three part time officers.  Annual budget: $24,022
From left to right: Dennis Yates, Roland J. Lacourse, Cliff Larrabee, Ed LaChance, Dale Thomas, Skip Herrick, Dale Allen

From left to right: Dennis Yates, Roland J. Lacourse, Cliff Larrabee, Ed LaChance, Dale Thomas, Skip Herrick, Dale Allen

  • 1974 – Calls for service increase to 1,774
  • 1975 – Chief LaChance passes away.  Dale Allen promoted to Chief

1976

  • 1976 – 2,710 calls for service.  Towns of Norway and Paris try sharing an extra police cruiser.  Four full time, six reserve officers.  Annual budget: $45,177.38

New Cruiser 1976

  • 1977 – Calls for service increase to 4,266

Tom Collins 1978

  • 1980 – Chief Allen retires, James DeNormandie app. Chief of Police. Annual budget: $80,122

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  • 1981 – Five full time officers
  • 1982 – Annual budget: $104,638.90. Local paper critical of police department.  Maine Chiefs of Police survey indicates department is under-manned and poorly equipped.  Citizens Committee created
  • 1983 – Annual budget: $110,186.
  • 1986 – Annual budget: $129,544
  • 1987 – Annual budget: $135,587
  • 1988 – Town of Norway experiences it’s first homicide in the history of the police department (murder of Reserve Officer Charles Russell remains unsolved)

Charles Russell

  • 1989 – Second homicide in as many years (Crockett Ridge Road farmer Lucien Frechette). Rank and file of police department unionize with Teamsters
  • 1990 – Chief DeNormandie term ends; Ernest Dunham appointed Acting Chief. Annual budget: $231,544, includes first department secretary.  Officers: Wayne Marston, Alan Afflerbach, David Daniels; Elizabeth Springer, Secretary
  • 1991 – Cathleen Manchester appointed Chief of Police.

Norway Police Force (from left to right): Cliff Strout, Scott Watkins, Ken Viger, Chief Manchester, Lt. Afflerbach, Aaron Skofield, Terry Tomkins, Duffy Ellsworth

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  • 1995 – Manchester term ends; Alan Afflerbach appointed Chief of Police.  Police files are computerized for the first time (CRIS System).
  • 1998 – Total calls for service:  3,482 – Afflerbach term ends; Tim Richards appointed Chief of Police, 2000, Total calls for service: 3,741
    • Annual budget: $313,000.
    • Chief Tim Richards, Sgt. Rob Federico, Det. Sgt. Don Turmenne, Off. Warren Ellsworth Off. Scott Laliberte, Off. Cory Plummer, Off. Cindy Mitchell, Res. James Ventresca, Res. Off. Harry Sims, Res. Officer Dean Benson, Res. Off. Charles Beale, Res. Off. Bill Grover, Support Staff Elizabeth Springer

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  • Shared from The Advertiser Democrat: With family members in the warden service and sheriff’s office, Norway Police Patrolman Jim Ventresca, 43, of Paris may well have been predestined to enter law enforcement.  After growing up in the Oxford Hills and graduating from Oxford Hills High School, Ventresca earned an associate’s in applied science and then joined the Army for a four-year stint.  After that, he came to Norway Police Department where he has served for 16 years. Most of those 16 years have been on the night shift – ‘sometimes by choice and sometimes not,’ he laughs.  In addition to his patrol duties, he is a firearms instructor, an interactive use of force instructor, has trained in basic and intermediate SWAT and methods of instruction, which allow him to teach at the criminal justice academy. He is certified as a field training officer, as well as a crime scene investigator.  His worst experience, he recalls, was responding to another law enforcement officer who was in a crash.  His best, he says, are the people here who support law enforcement.  ‘Especially those we have dealt with who tell us we changed their life.’

    Ventresca adds that support from fellow officers and families in times of need is also one of the best things about his job.  He says he has reached most of his professional goals.  ‘I don’t foresee being chief – I like to be hands-on with people. I don’t think I could sit in an office. I have an awesome chief and some incredible officers I’ve worked with.’  He and his wife, Samantha, who teaches computer analysis in hospitals and doctor’s offices, have four boys ages 3 to 19 and ‘several dogs and cats.’  He enjoys hunting and fishing with his boys, as well as playing sports with them.  He likes woodworking and building stuff around the house.  He also enjoys snowmobiling and four-wheeling.  He and his wife fish and hunt together, he says.  His life goal is to retire in good health and spend a lot of time with his kids.  ‘I used to work all the time and now I don’t mind not working,’ Ventresca says. I want to raise healthy kids who are productive citizens in their community with good values.’

  • 2004 – Total calls for service: 5,360 (includes 653 criminal complaints w/ 574 arrests and/or criminal summons)  Chief Richards term ends. 02-04 Robert Federico Acting Chief

    • Robert Federico appointed Chief of Police 11-04
    • Warren Ellsworth, Off. Scott Laliberte, Off. Jim Ventresca, Off. Shayne White, Res. Joshua Wyman, Harry Sims, William Grover, Daniel Bragg, Ernest Leduc, Christian Baither, support staff Beth Springer

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  • 2006 – Chief Robert Federico, Sgt. James Ventresca, Det. Gary Hill, Officers Warren Ellsworth, Douglas McAllister, Holli Pullen, Dana Wessling; reserve officer Harry Sims, Support Staff Elizabeth Springer
  • 2008 – 4,314 calls for service, Annual budget $425,939
  • 2010 – Officer Mitch Shaw hired by Norway Police Department from the Denver Colorado Police Department.  Shaw, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a major in psychology and minor in criminology, lives in South Paris with his wife and two children.
  • 2010 – Officer Steve Cronce hired by Norway Police Department: (Shared from The Advertiser Democrat): Patrolman Stephen Cronce, of Paris, grew up in Wisconsin near Green Bay. He graduated from North West Indiana college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and then earned a master’s in School Administration.  Just out of college, he says, he got married and worked as a ‘garbage man’ for four years.  ‘It was grueling. After that I decided to try out different things,’ Cronce says.  While he was a garbage man, he also worked in ministry, he says. He and his family moved to Maine to continue with his ministry.  ‘I was raised in a strict religious home,’ he says, ‘and my whole life I was raised with high expectations,’ In Maine, he worked in excavation for a year, while part time in ministry.  Then, he says, ‘we decided I needed a career. I knew that ministry was not what i wanted to do … I wanted something more rewarding so in 2010, I went to Norway Police Department.’  Cronce says he chose Norway PD because of the way the department was run, the high standards, the structure and the ‘get it done’ mentality.  ‘From outside, looking in, that’s where I wanted to be. It has absolutely lived up to my expectation.’

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  • 2011 – Norway Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday to appoint the son of Police Chief Robert Federico as a full-time police officer to the Norway Police Department.  Robert Federdico Jr., the son of the chief who has been a part-time officer for the past several years, and Stephen T. Witham, were appointed unanimously at Thursday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

Officer Federico

  • 2012 – Chief Robert Federico
    • Det. Gary Hill, Officers Jim Ventresca, Ron Cole, Robert Federico II, Steve Cronce, Mitch Shaw, Drug Investigator Jeff Campbell, Support Staff Beth Springer.
    • Fiscal year 2011-2012 budget: $460,346
    • Calls for service 4,438 (Jan.2011-Dec.2011)
  •   2015 – Officer Brandon Correia hired by Norway Police Department – Patrolman Brandon Correia of Norway has a bit of experience under his belt. Correia came to NPD in May on a part-time basis. He hopes to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in January. “I am very community oriented,” he said of his reason for going into law enforcement. “I see the good in people and I want to help them through the bad.”  Correia worked for two and a half years at the Androscoggin County jail prior to coming to NPD and has had his share of dealings with criminals, he said. He currently works for NPD on a rotating shift starting at 6 a.m., and finishing at 6 p.m. He has had firearms training; law enforcement pre-service phases 1, 2 and 3; corrections training A, B and C; is CPR certified and had drug recognition training at Central Maine Community College.  He has earned an Associate’s Degree in criminal justice from CMCC.  Correia grew up in Gray, graduated from New Gloucester High School and was a volunteer with Gray Fire and Rescue.

Brandon Correia

  • 2015 – Corporal Mitch Shaw (pictured), and Officer Federico II of the Norway Police Department participated in specialized training for the operation and maintenance of our new solar powered speed trailer, which registers speed, takes pictures and sends them to the cruiser on duty (no plate number but description of vehicle). This is also a message board, able to share up to 32 messages. Purchased through a partnership with the Bureau of Highway Safety and the Maine Department of Public Safety, the State will use the info from the speed trailer to study traffic patterns. The information gained from the speed trailer will also make it possible for us to apply for even more State and Federal grants. This will be ideal for rotating usage in high traffic neighborhoods, school zones, hazard zones, short term work zones, or for special events such as the Aspire Higher Parade.

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  • 2016 – (Shared from The Advertiser Democrat) Taylor Fillebrown, 17, of Waterford, is following her family’s path into serving the community. Her grandfather – Charlie Fillebrown – was a Maine state trooper and, after retiring, a dispatcher for Oxford County. Her dad – Adam Fillebrown – is also a trooper with one of the K-9 units. Her mom – Louise Fillebrown – is an emergency room nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and her uncle – Doug Fillebrown – just started as a dispatcher for Oxford County.  She has begun her career path with Norway Police Department as the department’s intern through the Community Internship Program at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. This is her second year at NPD.

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  • 2016 – Norway PD receives $125,000.00 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) for School Resource Officer for Guy E. Rowe School: (Shared from the Sun Journal): Mitch Shaw, a veteran of the Norway Police Department, has been named school resource officer at the Rowe Elementary School.  He will begin his new full-time duties at the school on January 4, Police Chief Rob Federico said Tuesday.The Police Department received a $125,000 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Police Services, or COPS, a component within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to community policing.  Under the terms of the grant, the town will pay 10 percent of the cost for the position for the first year, 30 percent the second year and 60 percent the third year. At that time, the town will be responsible for 100 percent of the costs if it continues the program. The total local share is $65,000.  Shaw will be in uniform and carry a gun as a police officer, but his role in the school is to act as a “mentor” and build relationships with young children and act as a contact for staff and parents. Federico said previously that the idea behind the SRO at the elementary school, he said is to gain students’ trust and ward off future trouble.“I can’t wait to get this started and see how it goes,” said Federico, who narrowed the field of six candidates down to three. The three candidates were then interviewed by two Rowe Elementary School classroom teachers, Assistant Principal Donald Thorne and Principal Dan Hart. The remaining two candidates were interviewed by a panel of School Board of Directors, Hart, Federico and Superintendent Rick Colpitts for the final choice.  Federico said the initial field of six were both local candidates and from across Maine.

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  •  2016 – Officer John Lewis hired by Norway Police Department – Norway Police Department would like to welcome Officer Jon Lewis to the police force! Earlier this month, Norway Selectmen approved the appointment of Jon Lewis of Woodstock as a full-time officer with the Police Department. Lewis is a lifelong resident of the area, a graduate of Telstar Regional High School in Bethel, a Marine Corps reservist with service in Afghanistan and a former part-time member of the Maine Warden Service and Oxford Police Department. “I’m excited to be working here,” Lewis told the board. He was introduced by Police Chief Rob Federico and accompanied by his wife, children and parents.

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  • 2016 – Norway Police Chief Rob Federico introduces “Operation Sandbox,” a free program for elderly Norway residents in which Norway Police Officers deliver salt/sand mixture for them to use for treating icy stairs and walkways, thereby preventing slips and dangerous falls.  Local individuals and businesses, including Pleasant Hill Landscaping Services and Aubuchon Hardware donated buckets and “scoops” for residents to use in spreading the salt/sand mixture.  ‘We felt strongly that this would be one more way to serve our Norway residents and to maintain public safety,’ said Federico. If you, or someone you know, is an older Norway resident who would like the police to deliver some of the salt/sand mixture to you, please contact the Norway Police Department at 743-5303.

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  • Norway Police Department congratulates Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School 2016 graduate Taylor Fillebrown, 17, of Waterford. Taylor is following her family’s path into serving the community. Her grandfather – Charlie Fillebrown – was a Maine state trooper and, after retiring, a dispatcher for Oxford County. Her dad – Adam Fillebrown – is also a trooper with one of the K-9 units. Her mom – Louise Fillebrown – is an emergency room nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and her uncle – Doug Fillebrown – just started as a dispatcher for Oxford County. She has begun her career path with Norway Police Department as the department’s intern through the Community Internship Program at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Congratulations Taylor!

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* (Thank you to Ben Tucker, local historian, for many of the photos shown here).

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