BELFAST – Maine has been ranked one of the safest states in the U.S. but unfortunately that doesn’t mean there isn’t crime in our very own communities. After years of applying for grants, Waldo County officially reinstated a position that should help the Sheriff’s department handle crime that involves more in depth investigation.
The work of a sheriff is never over, but the Waldo County Sheriffs Department’s load might be easing up just a little bit thanks to Detective James Greeley. “He started January 2nd” said Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton. “Prior to that, he was a Patrol SGT for 7 years, so he has a lot of experience. Hes a thirteen year veteran”. Greeley is the new Domestic Violence Detective, and although this job isn’t new to Waldo County, a grant that was recently approved reinstated the position.
Sheriff Trafton said “It was a financial decision at that time, but it became obvious to me that domestic violence isn’t any worse, but its a consistent problem.”
The most recent reports claim there were sixteen homicides in Maine last year. Half of those were due to domestic violence, which means he’ll be staying busy in all surrounding counties. Sheriff Trafton said multiple departments wrote letters of approval for the Domestic Violence Detective, and he’ll also be assisting them with their cases.
Eleanor Hutchinson, a Legal Advisor for New Hope for Women said there were over six thousand calls made in 2016 reporting domestic violence. “I feel its extremely important to have a DV investigator. I know what its like to not have one, and how hard the rest of the officers had to work” said Hutchinson.
And as for Greeley, he doesn’t have to work alone because his wife Katherine’s job also focus’s on domestic violence. She’s a Victim Witness advocate for the Defense Attorney in Waldo County.