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About the York County Sheriff's Office

The York County Sheriff’s Office is organized into to broad areas of law enforcement such as Police Services, Corrections, Civil Process and Support. According to the York County Sheriff, “York County is the southern most county in the State of Maine with a population of over 200,000 people. The Correctional Facility is a state of the art direct supervision complex which was opened in 2003. Our Police Services Division provides patrol and investigative services to the 14 towns in the county without a full time police department. Civil Process deputies are responsible for over 100,000 papers served annually. We pride ourselves as being one of the most progressive Sheriff's Offices in the State of Maine.”


The York County Sheriff's Office Police Services Division provides law enforcement services to 14 of the 29 communities which make up the County of York.  These communities include; Acton, Alfred, Arundel, Cornish, Dayton, Hollis, Lebanon, Limerick, Limington, Lyman, Newfield, Parsonsfield, Shapleigh and Waterboro.   During 2007 the Police Services Division handled 23,870 calls for service within these communities.  The Patrol Division is led by the Patrol Commander who holds the rank of Lieutenant, while Shift Supervisors hold the rank of Sergeant. Several Patrol Deputies are members of specialty units including K-9 Units, Emergency Services Unit and School Resource Officers.


Members of the Sheriff’s Office are tasked assigned as Detectives to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). CID is made up of a five person division that includes a Supervisor that holds the rank of Detective Sergeant.  CID is responsible for investigating Major Crimes including Robberies, Sexual Assaults, Burglaries, Narcotics Violations, Aggravated Assaults, Identity Theft and other serious criminal violations of State and Federal Law. CID members have specialized training that include evidence collection and preservation, crime scene processing, interview techniques and domestic violence follow up as well as register local sex offenders.


The York county Jail is a one-story facility in Alfred Maine built on January 11th 2004. It holds 298 inmates not including the medical unit. A mix of sworn and civilian staff supervise the facility which also includes inmate booking for all York County law enforcement agencies. We are a male & female facility. Most inmates are awaiting trial or sentencing or are serving terms of less than one year. The inmates housed in the jail range from minimum, medium and maximum. The jail does not hold juveniles.




Selected book from a York County Sheriff's Office (Maine) law enforcement official.

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