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Bristol Area Lions host Senior Police Advisor 09/15/2009

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Speaker Richard Mayer (right) receives certificate of appreciation from Bristol Lion John Janell after his global presentation


The Bristol Area Lions welcomed Damariscotta resident Richard Mayer on Sept. 21. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and the University of Baltimore, School of Law for a Juris Doctor. He was admitted to practice law before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Like many, he was first introduced to Maine as a vacationer but returned in 1973 to serve as Chief of Police in Brunswick until 1977.

He currently is Senior Police Advisor for the U.S. Depart. of State where he provides advice and guidance to senior State Dept. officials and staff. He developed, administered, and supported criminal justice development programs in the West Bank, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico and South Africa.

He also authored “Principles of Policing in a Free Society” and “Criminal Justice System; Development in Post-Conflict Environments.”

Mayer retired from the U.S. Dept. of Justice in 2004 prior to joining the State Dept. During his career, he has consulted with and provided technical assistance, training and guidance to over 300 domestic and international law enforcement organizations.

He used a PowerPoint presentation to explain to the group how crime is global in nature and that many U.S. cities feel the impact of criminal gangs which supply drugs to our country and engage in other transnational crimes.

His task is to help build police capabilities in foreign counties to help address criminal activity emanating from those countries as well as to help them establish societies free of oppression and corruption.

Mayer showed slides of his various trips to Iraq including photos of the armored vehicles called MRAP/s that replaced the Humvee. He also displayed pictures of Iraq police undergoing language and unarmed self defense training and shots of some to the advance forensic technology being used to investigate crime.

He discussed the challenges of building a criminal justice system in Afghanistan including the high degree of illiteracy which approximates 60 percent among trainees.

The Bristol Area Lions meet the first and third Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The next meeting will be October 5, when the speaker will be another local resident, Don Carrigan from Channel 6 News.

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