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Drouin named officer, Luce a reserve in Mexico Police Department
Following an executive session on Sept. 24, selectmen approved Rob Drouin (at right) as a fulltime police officer for Mexico. With Drouin is Travis Luce, also approved as a reserve officer for the department. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
MEXICO -- The Mexico Police Department stengthened its department last week with the addition of Rob Drouin as a fulltime officer, and Travis Luce as a reserve police officer.
Following an executive session at its regular meeting on Sept. 24, the Board of Selectmen approved the recommendation by Police Chief Jim Theriault and Lt. Roy Hodsdon to named Rob Drouin to the vacant fifth officer's position with the department.
Drouin, 22, who had been a reserve for the past six months, fills the position vacated in August by William Cook.
On Friday, it was announced that the department has been awarded a $156,071 grant to fund the salary of a fifth police officer for three years. While that grant will require approval of selectmen, Hodsdon said the agreement of the current grant for that position assures it will be funded for the next year.
Drouin, who became a member of the Mexico Police Explorers in the summer of 2007, noted, "I've always want to be a cop. I just didn't know when."
And while he has always been interested in law enforcement, Drouin is also interested in autobody. He ended up going to school for autobody, graduating in 2012 from Lincoln Tech in Connecticut.
Now, however, he regards autobody as more of a hobby, especially when the police department opening became available.
"I grew up with Roy and the chief. I'm very comfortable here," noted Drouin.
Hodsdon added that Drouin will be attending the 18-week police academy in January.
The board also approved Luce as a reserve police officer.
Luce, 20, is a junior at Husson College, where he is majoring in Criminal Justice. He is from Winthrop, the son of Lt. James Luce, who retired from the Maine State Police in 2011.
Luce became interested in serving with the Mexico Police Department through Cam Barrieau, who was his RA at the college last year.
Luce, who will be working on weekends, doesn't mind the travel and is thankful for getting the experience now. He said he hopes to become a police officer in Maine upon graduation and eventually to following in his father's footsteps as a Maine State Trooper.
Barrieau was hired by the Orono Police Department in August.
He is attending the police academy, in his seventh week of the 18-week program. Attending the academy at the same time is another Mexico officer, Josh Aylward.