Farmington Police Department welcomes three new officers – Daily Bulldog

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Farmington Deputy City Clerk Bonnie Baker swears Jon Parker, center, as his wife Terri and Police Chief Ken Charles look on.
Deputy City Clerk Bonnie Baker swears in Ethan Bronson.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department has welcomed three new officers to the force. They will spend the summer training on the pitch before heading to the academy in the fall and winter.

Ethan Bronson lives in Mercer. He grew up in China, Maine, and after high school he served four years in the US Air Force, followed by two years as a civilian contractor. He held various jobs after returning to Maine, but considered a career in law enforcement, following in his father’s footsteps.

Her father was a state trooper, Bronson explained. He has a memory of his father in his uniform and hat, on his way to help people, and that has been a motivation for him.

When he’s not working, Bronson loves running. He runs 5k and half marathons and progresses to full marathons.

Wilton native Jon Parker went to college to get a degree in criminal justice. For the past 19 years, he has worked in asset protection at Farmington Walmart. Part of his job included investigations, which he found he really enjoyed. Working in Farmington, he became acquainted with the officers of the police department.

“The timing was perfect,” Parker said. This step into law enforcement will allow him to use his experience and training in a wider environment.

Like many in Franklin County, Parker and his family enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation, from hunting and fishing to hiking and snowmobiling. Parker also coached baseball and basketball.

After completing their initial training, Bronson and Parker were sworn in at a brief rally on Monday, June 20.

Farmington’s third new officer, Noah Kolodji.

Farmington’s third new officer, Noah Kolodji, was sworn in on Wednesday, July 6. Originally from Maine, Kolodji lived in North Carolina through middle school and high school before returning to Maine immediately after graduating from high school. He currently lives in Farmington.

Kolodji attended Unity College, working in both conservation law enforcement and parks and forestry, then transferred to Husson University to enter criminal justice. He is on track to graduate from Husson next spring. Originally, he wanted to go into daycare because of the outside element. Kolodji was an Eagle Scout and enjoys spending time outdoors. He was particularly interested in working in Farmington because of the proximity to the Sunday River, Saddleback, and Sugarloaf ski mountains, and the opportunities for outdoor recreation.

For these new agents, the next step is on-the-job training. Sergeants Jesse Clements and Ethan Boyd, along with School Resource Officer Matthew Brann, will work with them in on-the-job training for at least ten weeks before attending the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for the program of Basic Law Enforcement Training, an 18-week residential course. at Vassalboro Academy. After graduating from BLETP, there will be additional on-the-job training to help agents begin to implement their training within the community they serve.

The department still has two positions to fill: a patrolman and a detective. When Charles was hired as police chief in early 2021, the bleeding of department staff was one of the big concerns he identified.

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