Police

Mission Statement
 
The mission of the Police Department is to maintain peace and order by providing high quality police services that are responsive to the needs of the community. We protect life and property by apprehending those who commit criminal acts, by developing partnerships to prevent, reduce, or eliminate neighborhood problems, and by providing police services that are fair, professional, and respectful of the dignity of all individuals.  
 
For Emergencies Please Call 911

If you would like to leave a message for one of the Police Officer’s you can call 207-236-2026 and press the appropriate extension number.

 

04-22-2021 -  Community Project Funding

Midcoast Economic Development District (MCEDD) is submitting a Community Funding Project Funding request to Representative Pingree’s office. This community funding project (also known as a Congressional earmark previously) would equip and update police departments in the MCEDD region. Chief Gagne requested funds to purchase electronic ticketing equipment for the three police cruisers in Rockport. This would automatically send tickets to the state court system without the officer having to do it manually within the statutorily required five days.

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Chief Randy Gagne

Chief Randy Gagne was born in Camden and raised in Rockport. He is a 32-year member of the Camden Police Department joining on October 1st, 1988. Chief Gagne has served at a Patrol Officer, Court Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief of Police since January 2011. Chief Gagne has served as an Academy Instructor in the Defensive Tactics, Interactive use of Force, and Crimes in progress. He served several years as the Co-Lead Defensive Tactics instructor for the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. In July of 2016 Chief Gagne was asked to take on the role of Police Chief for the Rockport Police Department as well as his job as Camden’s Chief. This is a dual role he continues to serve today. Leading two departments would be much more challenging if it were not for the great officers and support staff in both agencies. Chief Gagne is married to his high school sweetheart Richelle for almost 35 years. They live in Searsmont with their 6 dogs and two cats. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. When not working Chief Gagne enjoys vacationing in warm climates with his wife Richelle, hunting, fishing, lobstering, and skiing. He especially likes doing all those activities with his 9-year-old granddaughter Bella and patiently waiting for 1 1/2-year-old grandson Malcolm to join them in their adventures.

Chief Gagne can be reached at rgagne@rockportmaine.gov

 

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Sgt James Moore

Sgt Jim Moore is a graduate of Medomak Valley High School. Jim started his career with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a Corrections Officer. He moved to the Patrol Division in 1990 and graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in June of 1991. Jim was assigned to the island of Vinalhaven and is also a former DARE Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Jim left law enforcement in 2000 and returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2009. He worked for the Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy and Patrol Sergeant until he started with Rockport Police Department in January 2015. Jim was promoted to Police Sergeant in May 2017 and currently serves the Town of Rockport in that capacity. Sgt Moore’s personal interests include fishing trips with his wife, camping and hunting.

Sgt Moore can be reached at jmoore@rockportmaine.gov

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Travis Ford, Patrol Officer

Officer Travis Ford graduated from University of Maine with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1995 and then went on to graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in May of 2000. He has been a Rockport Police Officer from April 1999 to present and served as Sergeant for several years. He and his wife, a school teacher by trade, have two sons both currently attending University of Maine at Orono. Officer Ford’s personal interests include kayaking, flying fishing and bird hunting.

Officer Ford can be reached at tford@rockportmaine.gov

Officer Tony Del Vecchio

Antonio Del Vecchio, Patrol Officer

Officer Antonio (aka Tony) Del Vecchio graduated from Pomperaug High School (Southbury CT).  During his high school career he was a Police Explorer with the Naugatuck Police Explorer Post 882.  This consisted of introduction to law enforcement, training/scenarios, and community service.  He eventually achieved the rank of Sergeant during his time with the post.  He went on to graduate from Southern Maine Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  During his college career, he was a Reserve Police Officer with the Town of Scarborough and later attained full time status.  He graduated from the 30th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.  He and his family then began the move to mid-coast where he submitted his employment application and was accepted for a patrolman position with the Town of Rockport. His pastimes include tending his farm, ATV riding and firearms/training.
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Jacob Powers, Patrol Officer

Officer Jacob (aka Jake) Powers graduated from Camden Hills high school in Rockport. While in high school he was a multiple time state champion wrestler and earned a wrestling scholarship to Lock Haven University in PA. While at Lock Haven University he pursued a degree in Criminal Justice while wrestling for their NCAA Division 1 wrestling program. He then spent 2 years at Lock Haven University before transferring to the University of Maine Orono to finish out his junior and senior years. While at the University of Maine he pursued a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Crime, Law and Deviance. During his junior year he completed an internship with the Maine State Police for the summer. During his senior year he competed for the University of Maine NCWA Wrestling program. While wrestling for the program he achieved All-American status by qualifying for the national championships and placing 4th in the nation. He graduated from the University of Maine Orono with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. He also graduated from the 31st Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, and then spent time working for the Maine State Police as well as the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office before being hired as a Patrolman for the Town of Rockport. Officer Powers’ pastimes include spending time with family, hunting/fishing/hiking and working out at the gym. 

Officer Powers can be reached at jpowers@rockportmaine.gov

Officer Jeta Bixhaku

Celjeta Bixhaku, Patrol Officer

Officer Celjeta (aka Jeta) Bixhaku originally from Albania, has been here in the United States since 2015. She joined the Rockport Police Department this July and has rapidly been accepted by the fellow Rockport and Camden officers as one of their own. She has proved to be especially skilled in OUI detection, and her de-escalating techniques have been especially valuable when working in situations where mental health issues may be at the core.

Officer Bixhaku brings the skills learned from her time at the Rockland Police Department and continues to hone in and grow her talents to best serve the residents of Rockport. She has recently finished field training and is now working independently. She is currently working towards her associate’s degree in Justice Studies, and currently speaks four languages fluently. She is looking forward to a future at Maine Criminal Justice Academy to obtain full certification, and a long successful career in Law Enforcement. 
 
Officer Bixhaku can be reached at cbixhaku@rockportmaine.gov