Joseph K. Loughlin
About the Portland Police Department
The Portland Police Department is Maine's largest municipal law enforcement
agency. It is organized into: Patrol Division; Community Affairs; Criminal Investigations;
Information Services; and, Specialized Areas.
The Patrol Division encompasses most uniformed services including Patrol Teams,
the Tactical Enforcement Unit and Animal Control. Community Affairs consists of the Community Policing Program, Island Services,
and the Traffic Unit. Criminal Investigations is responsible for the follow-up investigation of all reported incidents in
Portland. This function includes General Investigations, Forensics, Property/Evidence, and the Victim Advocate. As law enforcement
grows into the information age, the Information Services functions of the Department gain greater importance. Computer services,
Emergency Communications and the record keeping for the Department are located here. The
Department has several specialized functions that are not directly associated to any of the areas above such as the K-9 Unit,
Dive Team, and the CIT. CIT is the Crisis Intervention Team that consists of highly trained officers who deal with people
suffering from a mental health crisis.