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Bristol Area Lions Club Learns about the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office 03/28/2012

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has played a key role in Lincoln County for over 250 years, according to Lt. Rand Maker, a Maine native who has worked for LCSO since 1995.

In a recent presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club, Maker traced the history of the department from Lincoln County’s formation in 1760 to the present. Lincoln County can boast both the oldest pre-Revolutionary courthouse, at Pownalborough, and the oldest active superior courthouse in Maine, in Wiscasset.

LCSO serves as the police department for those local communities lacking a full-time police department, and its 27 officers handle 95% of the crime in Lincoln County; in 2011 alone, deputies responded to approximately 17,000 calls.

Lt. Maker oversees the Patrol Division of LCSO, which also includes the K-9 unit, shellfish conservation contract management, accident reconstruction, drug recognition, and a school resource officer for Lincoln Academy.

A Special Services Division handles criminal investigation, drug investigation, sex offender registration and crime scene processing for the county, along with correctional transport for inmates.

Another division is Court Security, which is especially challenging in a building designed in 1824. A fourth division, that of Civil Deputy, handles the serving of documents for lawsuits.

LCSO deputies are active volunteers in the community, noted Lt. Maker. Some participate in a Special Olympics Torch Run, while others serve as counselors at the annual Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams), a free camp in Poland, Maine that provides positive role models for children who have been chosen by their schools to attend.

In 2011, Lt. Maker was recognized for his selfless work as volunteer director of Camp POSTCARD with a Maud and Ballington Booth Lifetime Service Award in Portland.

In the business meeting that followed Lt. Maker’s presentation, Lion Stan Benner announced that the 9th Annual Elmer Tarr Roadside Clean-Up will take place on Saturday morning, April 21. The Bristol Area Lions Club will be working in partnership with Masonic Lodge #74 to honor a man who was a long-time member of both organizations. The Lions will be assisted by members of the PWA, the Carpenter’s Boat Shop Apprentices, Boy Scout Troop #228 and Cub Scout Pack #250. Additional organizations that would like to help are asked to contact Stan Benner at 563-7172.

On April 2 the Bristol Area Lions Club will be given a tour of Masters Machine Company in Round Pond by George Masters, followed by dinner and a business meeting at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. To attend this meeting, please call 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, please contact John Janell at 563-7402.

King Lion John Janell thanks Lt. Rank Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for an engaging presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club. Photo by Herb Watson

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