New Officers to go to the Police Academy

1/11/2013 - Swearing- In Ceremony January 11, 2013

Erik Richard was raised in Maine, attended the Sanford school system and graduated from Sanford High School. While in high school Erik played 4 years of hockey and graduated with honors. After high school, Erik enrolled at Southern Maine Technical College where he received his Associates Degree . In July 2004 Erik enlisted, and is still active, in the United States Air Force Reserves and Maine Air National Guard. During his military service, he deployed to Qatar, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates and was awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Erik has been employed for the last six years as a Correctional Deputy at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office where he is described as an excellent worker with communication skills that serve him well for this line of work.

Joseph Jaynes was born and raised in New England dividing his time during high school between New Hampshire and Vermont. He graduated from the Colebrook Academy in Colebrook, New Hampshire and left for the United State Marine Corps boot camp days after graduation. Three days after his return home from boot camp was September 11th and his military service started in earnest. Joe worked for four years as a low altitude air defense gunner and extended his contract after four years to go on to serve with his unit in Iraq where he worked in a security capacity. Joe worked in the civilian sector for a few years after his deployment and then went back into the Marine Corps this time with the military police. Before moving to Maine, Joe was most recently working out of Quantico as a trip security officer for Marine Helicopter, Squadron One providing supervision of security operations for the presidential helicopters. Joe received numerous commendations while serving with the Marine Corps to include three Sea Service deployment ribbons and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his service in Iraq. We have seen first -hand his strong work ethic and his professionalism as he has worked in- house for us over the last couple of months with the late- out patrol teams. Joe will wear badge number 67 which was worn, most recently, by retired Portland Police Officer Peter Joyce, his cousin. Badge 67 was retired Sergeant Tom Joyce’s before it was given to his brother Peter. Prior to that, badge 67 was worn by their father Tom Joyce SR. Teresa (Joe’s wife’s) grandfather was John Joyce, who retired in 1973 as Portland Police’s Deputy Chief.

Kyle Brake grew up in Kittery, Maine and attended high school at R.W. Traip Academy. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Hesser College in April of 2011, completing his degree while working for his family’s business. He most recently has worked both as an auxiliary officer for the Portsmouth Police Department, and as a security officer for Hesser College. Kyle was a Portsmouth Police cadet for five years and as a cadet, was selected to attend the FBI’s cadet leadership academy, and was also part of a competitive Northeast regional explorer SWAT team. Kyle has also received a silver Presidential and a gold Congressional award for the community service he has performed.

Jennifer Lamperti comes to Portland from Walpole, Massachusetts where she attended high school and was first introduced, through the DARE program, to the idea of being an officer. This goal has been met along the way through hard work and a dedication to the field of law enforcement. Jennifer attended the Walpole citizen police academy, received numerous scholarships in high school and went on to graduate valedictorian of her class at Westfield State University. At Westfield, Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology and was the recipient of the Commonwealth Honors Scholar award and the Criminal Justice Academic Excellence Award. She participated in the Army ROTC program while in college and was involved in intramural sports as well at the university’s women’s rugby club. Over the past couple of years she has simultaneously worked to gain law enforcement experience as a Waltham Auxiliary police officer and through an internship with the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau.

Nicholas Gowen was born and raised here in the Portland area. He attended Gorham High School and is presently working toward the completion of his bachelor’s degree in criminology at the University of Southern Maine where he maintains dean’s list status. Nick has worked hard, while in school, to expose himself to as many law enforcement experiences as possible. He worked here as an intern in our Operations Division and with our process server and, while here, volunteered to help out in any way he could. He currently holds an internship position with the local office of the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. The values he brings to our department: diligence, self reliance and hard work will serve him well.