The purpose is not to train new police officers or firefighters.  Our purpose is to give the public an opportunity to see how Hampden Public Safety works within its policies and procedures.  Classes will be led by several different public safety staff members to allow for different perspectives as to how an individual performs his/her duties.

There are many misconceptions about public safety, some of which have been created by television and other forms of media.  We hope to give the public a true perspective, doing away with some of the negative connotations associated with police work and public safety in general.  A greater understanding will create a stronger relationship with the public.

What will we learn?

 The Academy will consist of topics such as:

  • Patrol Procedures
  • Evidence Collection
  • Drug Investigations
  • Taser Operation
  • Search and Seizure
  • Maine Laws
  • Communications
  • Use of Force
  • EMS Protocols
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Pumper Demonstrations


There will be tours of the Penobscot County Jail and the Penobscot Regional Communications Center.

General Information

 The Academy is open to people who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Live, work or own a business in  Hampden, Winterport or  Newburgh
  • No felony or other disqualifying convictions

 A background check will be conducted prior to the start of the course.

Applications may be found by following the link below, via email: publicsafety@hampdenmaine.gov, or at Hampden Public Safety, 106 Western Avenue, Hampden, ME.