Todd B. Brackett
Sheriff Brackett began his career at the age of 19, serving as a Corrections Officer with the Kennebec County Jail. In 1986, he was promoted to Patrol Deputy with the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office. In October 1988, he transferred to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office as a Patrol Deputy. Sheriff Brackett served as a K9 officer for seven years with his dog "Cliff" during which time he was promoted to shift supervisor.
In 1998 he accepted the position of Chief of Police for the town of Damariscotta. He held this position until he was elected as the 32nd Sheriff of Lincoln County in November 2002.
The administrative section of the Lincoln County Sheriffs Department consists of Chief Deputy Major Wayne Applebee and three Administrative Assistants, Linda Simmons; Marsha Brown; and Karen Hamilton. Each Administrative Assistant is responsible for individual tasks, as well as all having the ability to handle the multitudes of tasks which make up the day to day operations.
All civil services, questions on the civil process etc.... can be directed to Linda Simmons, who has many years of experience in this area and is very helpful in dealing with civil process. Linda's job also requires her to work closely with the Sheriff and Chief Deputy in regards to the financial aspects of running the Sheriff's Department.
Any questions regarding accident reports, incident reports, or any other record information can be obtained by contacting Marsha Brown, who is very knowledgeable in all aspects of this area of her job. Marsha is also responsible for putting together the department's weekly press release.
Karen Hamilton's primary job function is as Computer Systems Administrator. She is responsible for all aspects of the department's computer system. Her additional responsibilities include assisting the Jail Administrator with various tasks associated with the operation of the Lincoln County Jail.
The Patrol Division of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department consists
of 11 full-time patrol deputies, and several more active reserve deputies. The division
head is Lieutenant Rand Maker supported by three sergeants, Sgt. Daniel Sceviour,
Sgt. Jon Allen and Sgt. Brendan Kane.
Within the division several skilled and highly qualified deputies are found. One accident reconstructionist and a drug recognition expert only touch the surface.
The Patrol Division is responsible for responding 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to many types of incidents in each of the County's 19 towns. These incidents include traffic accidents, thefts, and more serious crimes in progress that may include weapons. This division truly works on the front line against the "war on crime" each and everyday.
The division is continually updating itself in order to better serve the citizens it protects. It was the first law enforcement agency within the State of Maine to "linkup" using mobile data computers. These computers allow each deputy to gather information more quickly, while still allowing him or her to remain in the field and offer a swifter response time to emergencies.
Because of the people in the division, and the equipment and training that each is supplied, the Patrol Division continues to respond in the professional manner that the citizens of Lincoln County have come to expect.
Criminal Investigation Division:
There are three Criminal Investigators assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, which is the plain clothes investigative branch of the Sheriff's Department.
Our present staff of three Criminal Investigators (Det. Sgt. Jason Pease, Det. Sgt. Michael Murphy and Det. Sgt. Kenneth Hatch ) are responsible for investigating all complaints of child abuse referred to them by the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. In addition, they investigate most of the reported felonies, computer crimes and crimes against the elderly.
Criminal Investigators are also responsible for coordinating multi-agency investigations and for the gathering of criminal intelligence.
When not investigating crimes, investigators are involved with DARE, Enhanced Neighbor Policing, the Lincoln County TRIAD and other projects which enhance the quality of life in Lincoln County.
The Lincoln County Jail is a division of the Lincoln County Sheriffs Department. It is managed by a Jail Administrator Brian Lawrence, who is assisted by Sergeant Jeff Rager, three corporals, a training officer, a classification officer, one food service manager, and thirteen line officers. There are also two part time officers.
It is the mission of the Lincoln County Detention Center to provide a safe, healthy, and secure setting where persons sent to jail by the courts will not pose a threat to the public or themselves, while being provided with opportunities to become better citizens, productive family members, and receive encouragement to succeed.
The jail was built in 1985 and is designed to hold 20 inmates, but frequently is forced to house 30 or more inmates. The average age of the inmate incarcerated at the jail is thirty. The jail follows the national trend of having 99% of the inmates it holds having committed their offense while under the influence of alcohol or some other drug.
While providing the basic medical and mental health needs for the inmates the jail also has several self-help programs. These programs include: Religious services, AA meetings, Anger Management programs, GED classes, Substance Abuse programs both inside of the jail, and at facilities located outside of the jail setting. The Substance Abuse program also consists of an outreach program that follows selected inmates into their homes once they are released from the jail. Of the 14 inmates that have been placed in the program within the last year, only one has returned. The average rate of recidivism for these inmates was four times a year.
The facility was inspected by the Department of Corrections in June of 1998, and received a 95% compliance rating. This excellent rating is the result of the hard work of all the staff whose philosophy is to treat all persons with respect. At the Lincoln County Jail we all believe that our job is to manage people, not punish them.
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