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Sheriff Joyce began his career in Law Enforcement in September 1986 with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and graduated from the Municipal/Basic Police School at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in June 1987. Additionally, Sheriff Joyce is a graduate of the 218th session of the FBI National Academy, the 72nd session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the 102nd session of the National Sheriffs' Institute.
Sheriff Kevin Joyce has worked over thirty-six years for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and is currently the 50th Sheriff of Cumberland County.
In September 1990, Sheriff Joyce was promoted to Corporal. In 1998, the position of Corporal was reclassified into the position of Sergeant. In February 2001, Sheriff Joyce was promoted to Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division and in December 2001 transferred to the Captain of the Patrol Division. Sheriff Joyce was appointed Chief Deputy in 2003, by Sheriff Mark N. Dion.
Sheriff Joyce was selected to attend the FBI National Academy Executive Leadership training in Quantico, Virginia during the summer of 2004 and graduated from the 218th session. Sheriff Joyce is a Past President of the New England Chapter of FBI National Academy Associates, which is comprised of FBI National Academy Alumni from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Sheriff Joyce was elected as Sheriff of Cumberland County in November of 2010.
Sheriff Joyce holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement through Southern Maine Technical College; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Business Administration through Husson College of Bangor/South Portland. Sheriff Joyce is also a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Program.
Sheriff Joyce was the recipient of the Presidential Valor Award, presented by the Maine Sheriff’s Association in 1995 and has received many commendations and leadership awards during his career.
Sheriff Joyce is a member of the Maine Sheriff’s’ Association, a member of the FBI National Academy Associates – New England Chapter, a Commissioner with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs' Association
Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce is a thirty year veteran of the Cumberland County Sheriff 's Office. He has spent his entire law enforcement career, which began in September 1986, with the Cumberland County Sheriff 's Office. In September 1990, he was promoted to Corporal, and once that position was reclassified in 1998, he assumed the position of Sergeant. In February 2001, Sheriff Joyce was promoted to Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division. December of the same year he transferred to the Captain of the Patrol Division. In 2003, Sheriff Mark Dion appointed him his Chief Deputy, the position he held until being elected the 50th Sheriff of Cumberland County in November of 2010.
Sheriff Joyce's education includes graduation from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1987; Associates Degree in Law Enforcement through Southern Maine Technical College; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; and a Master of Science in Business Administration through Husson College of Bangor/South Portland. As well, he was selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia during the summer of 2004 where he became a graduate of the 218th session.
Sheriff Joyce has received many commendations and leadership awards during his career. Including the distinguished Presidential Valor Award, presented by the Maine Sheriff 's Association in 1995.
Chief Pellerin began his policing career with the City of Saco Police Department in 1992 as a reserve police officer patrolling the Bayview, Kinney Shores and Camp Ellis Beach areas of the city while attending college. In 1994 He was hired by the Buxton Police Department and in 1995 he attended the 79th Municipal County Police School at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Waterville, Maine.
Brian was then promoted to patrol Sergeant in 1996 and then as acting police chief in 1999. Brian left the Buxton Police Department in 1999 and was hired by the Saco Police Department as a patrol officer and was immediately assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. Brian was certified as an instructor through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and Civil Rights Officer.
In 2002, Brian was hired and appointed as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia and the U.S. Secret Service’s Special Agent Training program at the Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, MD. Brian served in the Portland, Maine residence office as a Special Agent and conducted federal criminal investigations and protective operations for the U.S. Secret Service. Brian was certified as a firearms training officer, fitness coordinator, and undercover protective agent. Brian was the lead agent for several presidential protection operations for President George W. Bush at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine and Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards during the 2004
Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Brian routinely traveled the country in support of the protection of the current presidential administration, former presidents, Bush (H.W) and Clinton and the Presidents/Prime Ministers of Ireland, Israel, Albania and Mexico.
In 2005, Brian transferred to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General where he conducted fraud investigations involving federal funds distributed to the state of Maine for the Maine care Program, Indian Health Service, Federal Child Support Investigations and numerous other Federal grant fraud investigations. Brian continued teaching as a firearms instructor for both pistol and rifle, tactics and use of force. Brian also, provided domestic and overseas protection operations for the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the United States as well as in Kenya, China, and Indonesia.
Brian taught as an adjunct instructor for several years in the York County Community College’s Criminal Justice Program and currently serves as the Federal Law Enforcement representative on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2012 and has been elected Chair of the Board since 2017. Brian has also completed the FBI LEEDA Leadership Trilogy series and has completed more than 2,800 hours of in-service law enforcement training during his career.
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Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) accreditation effort for the academy to become the first community college affiliated training academy accredited through CALEA.
After his retirement and his move to Maine, Captain Smith was given the opportunity to join the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. His first assignment was in the Criminal Investigations Division. He was later transitioned to the Support Services Bureau to oversee the agency’s initial CALEA accreditation process. Captain Smith works with agency members in the Civil Process Unit, the Training Unit, Accreditation for law enforcement and the jail, grants, and training for the entire agency.
Captain Smith earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, as well as Master of Public Administration from Troy State University. He also graduated from the 104th Administrative Officers Course offered through the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
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He received a Bachelor degree from the University of Maine Business School. He has also has received a Master of Science in Business from Husson University.
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Prior to being promoted to Captain, Ackerman served for 20 years as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division where he specialized in Major Crimes, Drug, and Crime Scene Investigations. He has also served as both a Patrol Deputy and Corrections Officer for the department.
Captain Ackerman served for over a decade on the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Unit where he acquired several certifications in both High Risk Tactics and Leadership. He also served for several years as both a Team Leader and ultimately was appointed as the unit's Team Commander.
He is a graduate of both the 1st Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in Vassalboro ME and the 268th New York City Police Department's Homicide Investigators School. In 2018, he graduated from the 45th National Forensics Academy through the University of Tennessee in Oakridge TN and also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Business Administration from St. Joseph's College in Standish ME.
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