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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 Police stopped Mr. Hill on Cheney Street in Springvale after the vehicle was observed being suspicious in the area. Police determined Mr. Hill did not have a valid driver’s license and as a result he was arrested for Operating after Suspension. 
Upon a thorough search of Mr. Hill at the Sanford Police Department, police found Mr. Hill to be in possession of 17 grams of heroin and $2400 cash. Mr. Hill was on conditions of release for a prior criminal offense and therefore bail was not set. He is expected to appear in court on Friday.

 Press Release Document.doc



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 Police had been seeking Mr. Roy since Friday, stemming from an incident involving a firearm that took place at his residence. A warrant of arrest was obtained by police on Friday for the charge of Terrorizing with the use of a dangerous weapon. Detectives from the Sanford Police Department conducted surveillance on the residence and observed Mr. Roy exit his residence around 8 p.m. Monday night and get into a vehicle. Patrol officers were quickly in position and performed a felony traffic stop and arrested Mr. Roy without incident; he was alone in the vehicle.
Shortly after the traffic stop, detectives executed a search warrant of Mr. Roy’s residence. As a result of that search warrant, 94 grams of suspected heroin, $24,000 in cash, and a semi-automatic firearm were all seized from the residence. The street value of the suspected heroin is valued at around $14,000.
Mr. Roy’s bail was set at $50,000 cash. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

 Jesse Roy Press Release.doc


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 The compliance checks identified seven businesses that were in violation of the state law: The Green Room, Cigarette City, Main Street Depot, Eastside Convenience, Save-A-Lot Food, J&S Grocery, and the 7 Eleven Store, Springvale. The establishments were issued a Notice of Liquor License Administrative Violation and Short Form Complaint citation which are forwarded to the State of Maine Department of Public Safety Liquor Licensing Unit. First-time offenders could face a fine of up to $1,800. Repeat offenders face a higher fine and could have their liquor licenses suspended.

“I am a little surprised that we found seven establishments that illegally sold alcohol to minors. The Sanford Police conduct compliance checks at least twice a year, and we advertise the names of those businesses that violate the law,” noted Chief Connolly. Additionally, Chief Connolly stated “aggressively enforcing the laws regarding minors possessing alcohol will reduce the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths that occur too often when our youth consume alcohol. Every establishment that sells alcohol should have their employees trained at the next Alcohol Seller/Server Training course to reduce the possibility of future violations.”

Responsible Alcohol Seller Training for Off-Premise Licensees

Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Responsible Alcohol Seller Training for On-Premise Licensees

Thursday, December 4, 2014 11:30 am to 4:30 pm


Sanford Police Department (SPD Training Room)
935 Main Street, Sanford, Maine

To register, call Nichole Ivey at (603) 767-0253 or via email nivey@strongersanford.org

Sanford Police Department Launches Anonymous Text Tip Line

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 Sanford, Maine – The Sanford Police Department has partnered with Sanford Regional Communications Center to offer a service known as “Text-a-Tip” that allows the public to anonymously submit information to the Police Department.   


Sanford Police Chief Tom Connolly states: “Text-a-Tip will allow people to report any suspicious activity to the police.  Additionally, people may send information about crimes that may happen, or crimes that happened in the past.”


“We are especially excited about how Text-a-Tip may help us to prevent or interdict underage drinking and drug use among one of our most vulnerable populations – our children.  For example, we hope that someone who knows the location of an underage drinking party will use the anonymous Text-a-Tip service to alert the police,” said the Chief.


Chief Connolly notes that Text-a-Tip should not replace dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency.  A tip submitted via text or online may not be viewed immediately; if you need immediate police service, or if you see a crime happening right now, dial 9-1-1.


The Text-a-Tip service allows a tipster and the investigator to have a two-way dialog while keeping the tipster's identity completely anonymous. When a tip is submitted it is routed to a server in Canada where it is stripped of its identifying information and assigned a temporary number.  The information is then directed to the Sanford Police Department.  Officers can respond by using the tip’s assigned number, but they cannot trace who sent the tip unless the person volunteers that information.  Access to the tip line can be managed and any abuse will result in responsible parties being blocked from future use.


There are three ways to submit an anonymous tip: 1.) text the keyword SANFORD and the tip to CRIMES (274637);  2.) Download the TipSubmit Mobile app on a smartphone and choose “Sanford Police” as the agency when a tip is submitted; or 3.) submit a tip online at http://bit.ly/sanfordtextatip.


The service is funded by Maine’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program and is provided by Public Engines, a company dedicated to helping prevent, reduce, and solve crime with easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions that facilitate crime analysis, supply actionable intelligence, and increase public engagement. Users include over 600 Crime Stoppers Programs, law enforcement and government agencies such as the NYPD and the LAPD, nine of the ten largest metro areas in both the U.S. and Canada including Chicago, Houston, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.


Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, as part of the organization’s Drug Free Communities initiative to prevent substance abuse among youth, worked with the police department to bring the service to Sanford. Strategies for a Stronger Sanford is a nonprofit organization working to ensure a strong future for the area by supporting children, youth and their families through fostering a shared community vision and promoting the development of a safe, healthy, and thriving community.

 TipSoft Flyer.docx
 Media release Sanford Text a Tip 2014 (2).docx

SEX OFFENDER: Life-Time Registrant Jon Thibeault

SEX OFFENDER: Life-Time Registrant Jon Thibeault

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 Sex Offender Flyer.docx



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Springvale—Investigators from the Sanford Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, and Maine State Police collaborated to close well over a dozen open unsolved burglaries of vacant homes throughout York County, Cumberland County and New Hampshire. Also closed were two burglaries and thefts of copper from CMP substations in Sanford and Lebanon. The joint investigation culminated yesterday with the arrest of Jeremy Cook (age 40) and Richard Stewart (age 35), both of Sanford.

Investigators caught both men inside a vacant home in Springvale cutting out the copper piping. One of the two men attempted to run from the house once he realized it was surrounded by police, but ultimately gave up without a struggle. The other man came out of the house without incident and was arrested. Investigators discovered copper piping already removed and piled up on a blanket in the basement, ready to be carried out.

Both men were charged with Class B Burglary and booked into York County Jail with $10,000 bail. They are awaiting arraignment tomorrow in Biddeford District Court.

Det. Sgt. Jones said, “These arrests represent a very rewarding end to a lengthy investigation involving copper thefts which have affected countless vacant (and often foreclosed) homes in York County. Maine State Police, York County Sheriff’s Office and Sanford Police Department have all been affected by these burglaries and it took a group effort to successfully catch those responsible. I would also take this opportunity to remind the public to be aware of those empty houses in your neighborhood, and do not hesitate to call the police if you see something suspicious taking place in or around them.”



Friday, July 25, 2014

 BOSTON— Members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Tyler Malmstrom today around 4:30 this afternoon in South Boston. Malmstrom ran from the Maine Coastal Regional Re-Entry Center in Belfast on July 10th and has been on the run since then. Malmstrom has family in Sanford, Maine and it was suspected that he would return there to seek assistance. Detec...tives from the Sanford Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office have worked closely together to coordinate their investigation and search for Malmstrom.

Sanford Detectives learned today that Malmstrom was likely staying in the Boston area and they contacted the Boston Police Fugitive Unit to coordinate the search. Four hours after contacting the Fugitive Unit in Boston, Malmstrom was observed leaving an apartment building in the area of Hyde Park and he was arrested moments later without incident.

Malmstrom had local warrants out of Massachusetts along with his Maine warrants for Escape and Failure to Appear on a Domestic Assault charge which took place in Sanford on May 4th, 2014.

Detective Sergeant Jones credits the teamwork among several different law enforcement agencies across county and state lines today, and over the last two weeks. Sgt. Jones said, “It was this teamwork and coordination which was instrumental in apprehending a fugitive from justice who had been running from the law for over two weeks. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the rapid response we received from BPD’s Fugitive Unit today when we called them and told them we believe one of our fugitives is in your city. This was the best ending we could have hoped for with a case like this. Nobody got hurt and Tyler Malmstrom is back in custody.”



Thursday, June 26, 2014


Saturday, May 24, 2014

 We have recently added a “business contact form” section of our website. This is for business owners to fill out and submit to us electronically. The purpose of the form is to keep your records with us current and the information will allow officers to find your location quicker and contact owners if there is a need especially after business hours or in an emergency situation. Some examples of this would be activation of your businesses alarm or if damage has been done to your business.


Since there are new businesses opening up in the City and established businesses changing management or owners our records become out of date. Please take the time to submit your updated information. Thank you for you time.


Monday, May 19, 2014

 Chief Thomas P. Connolly, Jr., is pleased to announce that effective Friday, May 16, 2014, all Sanford Police Officers have been trained in the NAMI Maine approved CIT program.


CIT teaches invaluable, necessary skills in crisis de-escalation, recognizing mental illness, suicide prevention, and how to achieve positive interactions between the police and people suffering from mental illness and crisis.  CIT improves officer safety, improves officer attitudes toward people with serious mental illness, and increases referrals to mental health services. 


CIT also stresses partnerships between the police and those in the community who provide mental health services. These partnerships identify resources that are available in a crisis and make it possible to plan effectively for diversion.  CIT training classes utilize mental health professionals, community advocates, experienced police officers, and family members of those who suffer from mental illness.


Chief Connolly stated “Since 2009 I have been committed to ensuring that 100% of Sanford Police Officers are CIT trained.  It has been a long, five-year task and very expensive, since most of the training required the expenditure of overtime funds, but it has been worth every penny spent.  I can see the difference in the attitudes of my officers, and I truly believe that they interact with people suffering from mental illness and crisis differently than they did five years ago.”


Connolly also notes that “nationally a large percentage, perhaps as high as thirty percent, of the people with whom the police interact are suffering from some form of psychiatric disorder (http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics).  Knowing this, how could you not invest in the skills taught through CIT?  When you consider the implications of police-assisted suicide and excited delirium, I believe that CIT training should be a mandatory requirement of all police certifying organizations nation-wide.”


Chief Connolly also wishes to thank Mr. Gilles “Gil” Soucy (gsoucy@namimaine.org), Law Enforcement Coordinator for NAMI Maine, for his assistance in bringing the CIT classes to Sanford.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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