PPD at a Glance

With an authorized strength of 163 sworn officers and 59 civilian staff members, the Portland Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in Maine.

In addition to responding to more than 80,000 calls for service each year, the Department fields an experienced Criminal Investigations Division including a forensics component, a robust Community Policing Unit, a regional Emergency Communications Center and a substantial number of specialty teams/special capabilities. Specialty teams include a Hazardous Devices Unit, Dive Team, Crisis Negotiators, Special Reaction Team, and a Canine Unit. Special capabilities include a nationally recognized Mental Health Co-Responder Program as well as accident reconstruction, arson investigation, and victim services. The Department also provides patrol services on Peaks Island and at the Portland International Jetport and assigns personnel to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and an FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

Additionally, the Department is staffed by a number of support personnel including human resources professionals, financial and legal services, property and evidence handling,and administrative support. A training unit ensures that all personnel, sworn and civilian, receive state mandated training as well as advanced training in order to best serve the community.