Officer James Barnard, Calais Police Department’s newest officer. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

CHS Graduate is Calais’ Newest Police Officer


By Jayna Smith

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Calais Police Department recently welcomed a new addition to its force.  Officer James Barnard, a 2001 Calais High School graduate, came on board in January.

Prior to working for Calais Police Department, Officer Barnard received gainful experience while employed at Indian Township Police Department.  He was employed there for nearly five years and held the position of sergeant.  

Officer Barnard brings to Calais Police Department the statuses of certified Maine firearms instructor and patrol training officer, both obtained through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  He also has completed the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Supervisory Leadership School.  

Working for Calais Police Department, according to Officer Barnard, is going well and has been an easy transition.  “I like that I am going to be a lot busier,” he said, adding that he looks forward to gaining even more experience in his profession through the added responsibilities working for the city.

Besides working full-time as a police officer, Officer Barnard serves in the Army National Guard.  In his 18 years with the Guard, he has been deployed four times.  He is dad to sons Jordon and Ethan, and he and his wife Tania are parents to daughter Kamryn.  

With the addition of Officer Barnard, Calais Police Department now consists of three full-time officers and three part-time officers, in addition to Chief Dave Randall.  

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