About the York County
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.
E. Bemis is a career police officer who was also elected as the Sheriff of York County (Maine). He is the author of three books: Snow Waste; Safe & Sound: How to Buy a Safe, Private, Quiet Home; and, Safe From Terrorism: How to Protect and
Save Yourself and Your Family At Home, Work and Play.
to the editor of WordWeaving.com, “Three extremely diverse perspectives expose the dangers of greed, necessity and innocence
in author Michael E. Bemis' SNOW WASTE.
While the text is rather dense at times with needful explanation and exploration of technicalities and legalities, Bemis'
elegant prose flows beautifully, making it easy for those who know the information to scan detail quickly yet keeping the
explanations palatable for the uninitiated - truly a remarkable narrative feat. Indeed, Bemis utilizes his years in law enforcement
and love of the snow to render a tale that is both powerful and thought provoking. While I often hesitate to review self published
work, particularly from publishers like iUniverse, because of the extensive proofing and editing errors I often find in such
work, Bemis' novel is an absolute delight with remarkably few proofing errors and an exceptional narrative voice. I can only
hope that Bemis continues to pen such remarkable novels. SNOW WASTE comes very highly recommended.”