Chief Tony Milligan
Position: Chief of Police
Serving since: 1988
Responsibilities: Head of the police department. Ultimately responsible for ensuring public safety for the residents and visitors of Rumford, and for managing all staff appointed to the Rumford Department.
Specialties: Covert criminal investigations, interviews and interrogations, search warrant preparation and execution, source management, drug identification and personnel management. Certified Instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
Personal Message: Community Policing is cornerstone to any respectful law enforcement agency today. Partnering with the community and having transparency is key. Doing the right thing, even when it's uncomfortable is paramount.
Captain Daniel Garbarini
Position: Chief of Detectives
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 1998. Prior work at Lisbon PD.
Responsibilities: Managing/Assigning/Investigating major felony crimes including sex crimes, drug crimes, financial crimes, and suspicious deaths. This includes, but is not limited to, day-to-day management of supervisors and patrol officers.
Specialties: Interviews, Spike Mat Instructor. Master Drug Examiner Instructor. Crisis Intervention Certified. Sexual Assault Response Team, and FBI Trained Crisis Negotiator.
Personal Message: We all share the responsibility of doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Please do your part and make the community you live and work in a better place for all of us.
Sergeant James Bernard
Position: Shift Commander/Sergeant
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 2000.
Specialties / Responsibilities: Firearms Instructor. Taser Instructor. UCR/NIBRS coordinator. Approve reports. Debriefs with Chief/Captain.
Personal Message: Treat people the way you would want to be treated! Be kind and be responsible.
Ptl. Eric Bernier
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD 2021. 16 prior years with Dixfield PD, Mexico PD, and Norway? PD.
Specialties / Responsibilities: File Uploading of all cases to Oxford County District Attorney's Office. General Patrol.
Personal Message: If you have an emergency call 911.
Cpl. Lawrence Winson
Position: Shift Commander/Corporal
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 2006. Prior part time work at Dixfield PD.
Specialties / Responsibilities: Field Training Officer. Taser Instructor. Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor. Completed Methods of Instruction.
Personal Message: Don't experiment with drugs or alcohol. Educate yourself and family on the ill effects of drug use and addiction. You can only make a difference if you are involved and keep people informed on what is going on, if you see a crime taking place report it.
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family in the outdoors. Hunting. Fishing. Hiking. Camping.
Off-Duty Community Involvement: Involved in my church.
Passion: I like being connected to the community and helping make it a safer place for people to live, work, and play. Everyday at work is a new adventure, always presented with new experiences.
Detective George Cayer
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 1982. Left to served at the Oxford County Sheriff's Department until 2016 when I returned to Rumford PD.
Specialties / Responsibilities: Investigation of major crimes; child sex crimes and physical abuse, child pornography, violent felony assaults, robberies, felony property crimes, and serious fatal crash investigations. Involved in all serious drug trafficking investigations locally and outside the Rumford area. Present cases to Grand Jury for Indictment. Manage teletype, outside details with Federal partners, the LESO 1033 program (Law Enforcement Support Office for equipment). Concealed weapons background checks.
Personal Message: "If you see something, say something." With today's technology it is extremely easy to assist us in our goals to keep Rumford safe, we have online tip-line and a statement form which can be filled out from our webpage. Everyone has a smartphone, if you can utilize it safely or a photograph will assist us in our investigations.
Hobbies/Interests: Hunting. Fishing. Trapping. Camping. FAMILY.
Passion: It is all I have known since high school. It was always a passion of mine even before I graduated. Look at my "goals and objectives" in my high school yearbook! Trying for over 42 years to make a difference. A large focus for many years was OUI enforcement, having arrested over 1000 drunk drivers in my career; I am sure it saved a life or two.
Additional Information: I would ask the public in our great State of Maine not to get caught up in the defunding of the police movement. Presently we at Rumford PD have a challenging time keeping up with our caseloads. At times I am aware that one officer on one shift will have over a dozen calls for service. This makes policing a reactive job and not a proactive job as it once was. Defunding the police, budget cuts, or not keeping up with other agencies who have a much better pay scale will just hurt our community, welcoming more crime and drugs to poison our children. When I started doing policing in Rumford in the early 1980's Rumford PD had a Chief, Captain, two Lieutenants, 4 sergeants, 8 patrolman, a court officer, secretary, and parking enforcement. Times have changed for sure.
Ptl. Bradlee Gallant
Job Related Information: Hired by Rumford PD in 2010. Started full time at Mexico PD in 2009.
Specialties / Responsibilities: Field Training Officer since 2014. 2 years as K9 Handler. Rumford Police Association Vice President. Maine Criminal Justice Academy Instructor. A.L.I.C.E. Instructor. Crisis Intervention Certified. Androscoggin/Oxford CISM team member. Active role in fostering relationships with local mental health services and group homes.
Personal Message: I am an advocate in personal growth. It does not matter if that is through formal education, expanding ones knowledge base through experience/travel, or simply learning to better understand you and those around you.
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling. Concerts. Board/Card Games. Shooting. Photography.
Off-Duty Community Involvement: Former RSU 10 School Board Member. Former Board Member at Oxford County Mental Health Services. Current member of the Tri-County Regional Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team.
Passion: I began my career with the hopes of making a positive impact on the community where I live. I believe I have done that in multiple ways. I also believe the ways I have done that has changed over time, and will likely continue to do so.
Additional Information: Maine Association of Police "Officer of the Year" in 2017.
Cpl. Donald Miller
Position: Shift Commander/Corporal
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 2009. Went to work for Lewiston PD for several years and returned to Rumford PD in 2018.
Specialties / Responsibilities: Oversee Maine Crash Reporting. M.A.R.C. Instructor. Certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Volunteers to run IRIS Technology for Child ID.
Personal Message: You can only control your attitude and effort. We all make mistakes, but it is what you do afterwards that defines you.
Hobbies/Interests: Staying active and enjoying the outdoors. Playing golf and other sports. Runnings (recently completed a half marathon). Weightlifting.
Off-Duty Community Involvement: Volunteering at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy training cadets in scenario trainings and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
Passion: I truly want to help people. I want to offer assistance to people in need of help, through the enforcement of laws and the offering of resources.
Additional Information: I grew up in Leroy, NY. I attended and graduated Alfred University receiving my Bachelors in Criminal Justice. I received multiple awards of recognition for my time playing football in NY. I moved ot Maine in 2008.
Ptl. Amos Abbott
Job Related Information: Hired by Rumford PD in 2021.
Specialties / Responsibilities: As a new officer for Rumford PD, it's learning the job and the responsibilities a law enforcement officer has.
Personal Message: Own your mistakes and face the consequences of your actions.
Ptl. Douglas Maifeld
Position: School Resource Officer
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 1989. SRO since 2020.
Specialties / Responsibilities: D.A.R.E. Instructor since 1993. Active in Special Olympics Maine since 1998; Leg Leader, Department Liaison, Inducted into Special Olympics Maine Hall of Fame, recipient of "Bob Bell" Award. Initiated Cop Card program in 1990's. IRIS Technology Administrator for Child ID. Camp Leader at Camp POSTCARD. RSU 10 Equity Committee member. Assistant Coach MVHS Unified Basketball.
Personal Message: Remember you have the POWER to control your destiny. Don't be bullied or pressured to do something you know is wrong or dangerous.
Hobbies/Interests: Collect baseball and police trading cards. Traveling. Sports. Spending time with my family.
Off-Duty Community Involvement: Donating time to Special Olympics, youth, and D.A.R.E.
Passion: My biggest passion is helping people with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics and like being connected to the community and helpings its youth.
Ptl. Robert Haseltine
Serving since: Hired by Rumford PD in 2020. Prior part-time work at Old Orchard Beach PD.
Specialties / Responsibilities: General Patrol.
Personal Message: Life is a journey, not a destination.
Ptl. Lawrence Briggs
Position: Patrolman / K9 Unit
Job Related Information: Hired by Rumford PD in 2017
Specialties / Responsibilities: K9 Handler. Field Training Officer. Intoxilyzer Site Coordinator. A.L.I.C.E. Instructor. I-CAT Instructor.
Personal Message: Keep your windows and doors locked. Don't leave your valuables in sight.