Promotions are an important focus as Chief of Police Mike Sauschuck chooses the new leaders of the department. We would like to introduce the newly promoted Sergeants, Lieutenants, Commander and Assistant Chief!
Assistant Chief Vern Malloch first joined the Portland Police Department as a patrol officer in 1984, and has held a number of leadership positions within the department over the past twenty-seven years. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1992, and Lieutenant in 1999. Vern led a variety of operations including the Tactical Enforcement Unit, and was Commander of the Jetport Unit following the events of September 11th. He was Commander of the Special Services Unit, working closely with neighborhood organizations, Portland Public Schools and community and business leaders. As CID Lieutenant, he created cold case homicide teams, who were responsible for solving the homicides of William Greenwood and Mary Kelly. In 2007, Vern was promoted to Captain, leading the departmentís Patrol Services Division. Three years later, he was promoted again to Commander during which time he oversaw all patrol operations, including managing the operations for Presidential visits, and public safety. He facilitated the Uniformed Operations Group response to Compstat, resulting in significant reductions in crime for two consecutive years. Vern served as Acting Assistant Chief for a six-month interim period before the final selection was made.
Commander Gary Rogers joined the Portland Police Department in April of 1988 after having received his Bachelorís degree in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine. In the subsequent twenty-four years, Gary has gained extensive experience and demonstrated leadership in a number of areas of the department. He is a veteran member of the Special Reaction Team, and was its Commander from 2005 until 2011. In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant, and in 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant, where he worked in patrol until his most recent assignment as the Detective Lieutenant. Throughout his career, Gary has received multiple awards for excellent policing and detective work. He also served, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1984 to 1990. Gary was selected after an internal search process, which included interviews with city staff, union leadership, community leaders and an assessment panel comprised of police chiefs from surrounding communities including South Portland, Westbrook, Lewiston and representation from the Maine State Police.
Lieutenant Robert Doherty became a member of the Portland Police Department in July of 1993, after serving two years with the Lewiston Police Department. Bob has an Associateís degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Maine Community College, and, as a sergeant, went on to graduate from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelorís degree in Criminology. During his tenure as a Portland Police officer, Bob has worked as a member of the departmentís Community Affairs Division, as an agent at MDEA, as a supervisor for the Special Reaction Team, Patrol and Detective divisions, and as a K-9 Handler. Bob and his K-9 Spike were responsible for the apprehension of dozens of criminals and credited with locating large amounts of narcotics and evidence to crimes during Spikeís five years of service. Sgt. Doherty has received numerous awards and commendations over the years, including the Departmentís highest award for bravery, the Medal of Valor. Bob comes from a long line of Portland Police officers. Bobís father (here today) and grandfathers have provided over 140 years of combined service to the Portland Police Department, dating back to 1902. Bob wears the same badge number (51) that his father and paternal grandfather wore during their time as Portland Police officers.
Lieutenant Cliff Strout joined the Portland Police Department in 1992 as a dispatcher in the Telecommunications division. Cliff is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, and holds a Bachelorís degree in Criminology. He was hired as a Portland Police officer in August of 1994. Based on his leadership skills, Cliff was promoted from officer to sergeant in 2001, where he was chosen as supervisor for patrol teams D and C; he also worked as an internal affairs investigator and as a supervisor at the Portland International Jetport. In 2009, Cliff was selected to be a member of the FBIís Joint Terrorism Task Force and most recently, he has been a Patrol Sergeant supervising patrol Team A-1. Over his twenty years with the department, Cliff has been awarded multiple unit citations and commendatory letters.
Prior to joining the Portland Police Department in April of 1998, Sergeant Jeffrey Calloway worked as a sergeant with the Cumberland County Sheriffís Office and pursued a Bachelorís degree in political science at the University of Southern Maine. Once here, he worked as a Community Policing Officer and a Field Training Officer, and in March of 2005, Jeff began working as a Special Agent with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. His work included drug investigations on local, state and federal levels, overdose investigations, and presentations to other agencies regarding both drug recognition and awareness. He also provided field training for new agents. In July of 2011, Officer Calloway joined the Crime Reduction Unit, a specialized unit that targets emerging trends such as robberies, residential or motor vehicle burglary sprees, and street-level drug trafficking, working closely with patrol, CID, FBI, DEA and ATF. Jeff has been awarded the Maine Association of Police Meritorious Service Award and received numerous commendations for his work here at the Department.
Sergeant David Mulry came to the Portland Police Department from Massachusetts, where he attended Anna Maria College and received his degree in criminal justice. Dave worked in the juvenile justice system and at a maximum-security state prison in Massachusetts for over seven years before coming to the department in 2003. As a patrol officer, Dave has contributed in numerous ways to the department: he has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a Firearms Instructor, a Special Reaction Team member and a Peer Support Team member. He has also initiated and coordinated numerous patrol initiatives that have made a positive impact on the officers, including a uniform change, the combat marksmanship course, new SRT tactical vests and helmets.