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Community Policing is a policing philosophy that promotes and supports organizational strategies to address the causes and reduce the fear of crime and social disorder through problem solving strategies and community-police partnerships.

A fundamental shift from traditoinal, reactive policing, Community Policing stresses pro-active problem solving with the community. Community Policing is an integral part of combating crime and improving the quality of life in the nation's cities, towns and rural areas. Core components of Community Policing include partnering with the community; problem solving; and transforming policing agencies to support and empower frontline officer, decentralize command and encourage innovative problem solving. Today, communities across Maine and the U.S. are actively engaged in Community Policing.

2004 Maine Crime Statistics

Statistics on crime in the State of Maine in 2004 may be viewed on this Maine Department of Public Safety page.

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare students for entry into a career in criminal justice or for transfer to a baccalaureate program. Through a carefully structured core curriculum, the program provides both a broad educational experience and a practical introduction to the operations and functions of modern justice agencies, their rationale and strategies for effective change.

Students choose electives each semester to focus their studies toward a particular field of justice. This process allows concentrated study relating to personal career goals in such fields as police work, security, corrections or juvenile justice. Actual on-the-job training may also be arranged for further career preparation through a field experience in the major subject area, making a more concrete connection between theory and practice.

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program may seek employment with municipal, state or federal law enforcement agencies, juvenile or adult correctional institutions, probation and parole agencies, private industrial and commercial security firms, insurance investigation offices and border patrol or state game warden agencies. Graduates may also transfer into a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Admission is open to anyone who has earned a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.

Certificate Program

21 Credit Hour Community Policing Certificate
Associate Degree Program
Bachelor Degree (120 credit hours) Program
Bachelor Degree (2+2) Program


21 Credit Hour Community Policing Certificate
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree (120 credit hours)
Bachelor Degree (2+2) Program*
*Associate Degree plus 60 Credit Hours