Folks in Mars Hill are going to start seeing a sheriff’s car parked outside the town office more often. The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office made an arrangement with town officials to utilize that space as a base of operations.
“There’ll be times when we need to have a deputy go in and get some paperwork done or the roads are bad like they were this past weekend,” says Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall.
Earlier this month the sheriff’s office coverage area changed. They’re now patrolling all of Aroostook County instead of splitting it with the state police. The two primary offices are in Caribou and Houlton, so this is a nice spot to stop in between. Mars Hill town manager Ray Mersereau and the town council had no oppositions to the idea and gladly handed over a spare key.
“They do a lot for us so we can do a little for them,” said Mersereau.
The deputies are working out of the back office in the Mars Hill municipal building. They’re able to file reports, make phone calls, or do anything else they might need to do. Mersereau says this is a win win for the town.”
“To have the police presence here in town, to have the police car sitting in front of the town office, it deters anything that might be going on in the community.”
Mars Hill doesn’t have its own police department. Crandall says this also great for communication between the town and the sheriff’s department.
“If there’s something in particular that that town and the surrounding communities feel like they need from us we can discuss that,” he says.
Crandall says they have bases in other areas in the County and if other towns or municipalities want to make a similar arrangement, he’s happy to work something out.