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Calais PD Gets Help From CBP - Jul. 03, 2014

CALAIS, Maine (WQDY) -- In the name of saving the city money, the City of Calais closed its local police dispatch in 2010 and those duties fell to the Washington County Regional Communications Center in Machias.

Walk-in traffic at the Calais police station changed somewhat because dispatch was no longer there 24-7. But the department was able to have an administrative assistant there during business hours. A call box was also installed by the door of the police station in case someone walked in or drove in with a complaint during off hours.

In 2014, the city made cuts again -- and this time the police department's administrative assistant was eliminated.

Now there are no lobby hours but there are still things that needed to be addressed -- and Calais police are getting help from other agencies.

"I have met with the US Customs and Border Protection Port Director Richard Rowley who has advised that he and his people want to help us during this trying time," Police Chief David Randall said Thursday in a press release.

According to Randall, Rowley advised that CBP would be willing to take over all finger printing needing to be done in Calais.

"So starting Monday July 7, 2014 CBP will be doing finger prints Monday through Friday 8AM- 9PM (excluding holidays) at 180 International Ave. If you need finger prints please call them ahead of time at 904-3000 ext 1,"

"It is great to see other agencies step up and go the extra mile when times get tough," Randall added.

"The Port Director also wanted me to remind everyone that all three border crossings are still  "Safe Havens." If you are in a situation that you need protection and you are being followed or stalked, the 3 ports of entry have well-trained personnel that can help if there isn't an officer at the Calais police station."

"I want to be clear that this is for emergencies only," said Randall.

Regular complaints can be called in to either 911 or the non- emergency number at 454-2751.

STORY: Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm