Recognized for their years of service at Sanford Police Department are, left to right, office Manager Ginny Maggio, Deputy Police Chief Tim Strout, Sgt. Jason Champlin, officer Chris Cyr, officer Paul Shaw, administrative secretary Barbara Morissette, Sgt. Jason Wagner, officer K. Blair Hodge and Sgt. Tim DeHaven. Absent were officer Patrick Flood and records clerk Irene Houde. TAMMY WELL/Journal Tribune

Recognized for their years of service at Sanford Police Department are, left to right, office Manager Ginny Maggio, Deputy Police Chief Tim Strout, Sgt. Jason Champlin, officer Chris Cyr, officer Paul Shaw, administrative secretary Barbara Morissette, Sgt. Jason Wagner, officer K. Blair Hodge and Sgt. Tim DeHaven. Absent were officer Patrick Flood and records clerk Irene Houde. TAMMY WELL/Journal Tribune

SANFORD — Paul Shaw, in his 21st year as an officer with the Sanford Police Department, was quoting someone else when he said police work was “extreme boredom followed by moments of extreme terror.”

According to “English Language & Usage,” the phrase, and variations on it, are believed to have originated with the military in World War I.

Still, it is applicable. Patrol on a quiet night can be tedious. Then, seconds later, all hades can break loose.

“At this point in my career, I can pick my shift,” said Shaw on Monday as he and others were recognized for their years of service. “And it’s still the greatest show on Earth.”

Over the years, Shaw has done several jobs in the department, from a five-year stint in the criminal investigation division, and more than three years on loan with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. 

“I’ve got to count my blessings,” he said.

Shaw, seven other officers and three support staff marked milestones in their careers with Sanford Police Department on Monday. Those marking 20, 25 or 30 or more years of service received certificates and pins and thanks from a grateful chief.

“It’s flown by,” said Deputy Police Chief Tim Strout, who was presented with a 25-year pin. He’s marking close to 30 years with the department.

“It seems like yesterday,” said Sgt. Jason Champlin. He said he remembered his name being on the bottom of the list for overtime assignments that are handed out based on seniority. These days, his name is much closer to the top of the list.

“Now, I’m one of the old folks,” said Champlin, who is marking more than 20 years with the department.

“Longevity is quite an accomplishment and you don’t see it in many careers,” said Chief Thomas Connolly. He said even in law enforcement, longevity with one department is elusive these days, as pensions are portable and officers tend to move around.

“It is significant and something to be proud of and I thank you very much for your loyalty,“ he told the officers and support staffers marking their milestones.

Achieving 25 or more years of service were Strout, along with Patrol Officers Patrick Flood and Chris Cyr; marking 20 or more years of service were Sergeants Tim DeHaven, Jason Wagner, Jason Champlin and Patrol Officers K. Blair Hodge and Paul Shaw. Ginny Maggio marked 30 years as office manager, while Irene Houde marked 25 years as the department’s records clerk and Barbara Morissette, 20 years as administrative secretary.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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