Portland swore in Mark Dubois as its twenty first police chief Friday.
Dubois began his profession in 1990 at a Massachusetts police division as a dispatcher and part-time officer. Now he’s main Maine’s largest metropolis division.
“It’s a superb police division. I believe they’ve an excellent popularity. I do know there’s quite a lot of superb, skilled cops that work right here,” Dubois mentioned.
Dubois mentioned he’s able to serve this group and is placing a precedence on filling open positions.
“We’re understaffed, and that’s a tricky drawback to have. It’s essential to have totally staffed personnel to perform all these missions you need to accomplish. So I’d say recruitment goes to be a precedence,” Dubois mentioned.
He additionally will deal with homelessness.
“It’s a susceptible inhabitants. Loads of victimization inside that inhabitants that the police can help and take care of, so it’s making an attempt to information them in direction of social providers, making an attempt to assist them with the habit problem, entering into therapy or restoration,” Dubois mentioned.
Mayor Kate Snyder mentioned Dubois’ dedication, deep understanding of the legislation and work with numerous communities are simply among the causes he was chosen.
“We want that management right here in Portland,” Dubois mentioned. “It’s an incredible alternative. I believe there’s quite a lot of attention-grabbing points that have to be labored on and this division is tops so I’m excited.”
Dubois’ duties start on Monday.