WINDHAM – Three Windham police officers were honored on Saturday, April 12, as the Portland Sea Dogs held their 7th Annual Hometown Heroes game at Hadlock Field. The game allows the Portland Sea Dogs to honor police officers, firefighters, EMS workers and volunteers from around Maine. A recognition ceremony was held prior to the start of Saturday’s game.

According to Sgt. Bill Andrew, this year was the first time the Windham Police Department participated in the ceremony. The supervisory staff chose Officer Jason Burke, Officer Jim Cook and Detective Paul Cox to represent the department as Hometown Heroes.

Andrew said Burke is an accident reconstructionist that the “police department relies on to reconstruct motor vehicle crashes, and to perform other specialized investigative techniques surrounding motor vehicles.”

Cook is part of the department’s field training program. Andrew said, “His strong work ethic and decision making ability make him a vital part in the initial training of new police officers.” Cook is also part of the Cumberland County Regionalized Impaired Driving Enforcement Team, also known as the R.I.D.E Team. Officer Cook also assists in training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on the use of the speed radars.

Detective Cox was reassigned from the patrol division to the criminal investigative division in May 2012. “Since that time he has worked closely with other local police departments as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies. This work has involved solving cases, which may start, involve or end within the town of Windham. His knowledge and experience have helped to solve cases both old and new. He is also a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and instructor for the DRE program,” Andrew said.

With their names on the scoreboard at Hadlock Stadium, Windham police officers Jason Burke and Jim Cook as well as detective Paul Cox were honored as Hometown Heroes at a recent Portland Sea Dogs game. 

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