Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier recently returned to Maine after 10 weeks at the FBI National Academy program in Virginia. Moshier said he plans to implement programs to help officers deal with trauma and to increase the department’s interaction on social media as a way to improve community relations. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

Officer counseling, media relations among lessons learned at FBI course

ELLSWORTH — It was far from a vacation but, like a few weeks at the beach, time away did give Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier a different perspective on the agency he leads.

Moshier returned to duty this week after 10 weeks in Virginia at the FBI National Academy. He’s learned more than a few lessons.

But one stands out: “No matter how big or small,” said the father of three, sitting in his office on Tuesday, “we all face the same struggles.”

The program — part university, part boot camp, part extended networking event — brings together over 200 law enforcement leaders from around the country. Out of 250 leaders, said Moshier, many hailed from big-city departments, including Chicago, New York and New Jersey. He was the lone Mainer in the session.

The graduate-level coursework he completed taught him a lot about modern-day policing, Moshier said.

He took classes on drugs and society, managing image and the media and critical analysis of modern-day policing. He heard from lecturers including a commander who responded to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, a military veteran who had been wounded in combat, attorneys and journalists.

Moshier said he hopes to implement some of the strategies and programs he learned at the academy, including a peer-to-peer counseling program for officers dealing with trauma.

“Law enforcement suicide is a huge epidemic,” he said. “We’re killing ourselves at an alarming rate.”

“Cops talk to cops,” said Moshier, which is why peer-to-peer programs may be more effective than traditional counseling.

“We want to make sure our younger folks, that they learn right from the onset you don’t have to bottle this stuff up,” he continued.

“Some of the older road dogs like myself may be less likely to use these peer-to-peer services,” said Moshier, but he hopes that for younger recruits “it’ll just be automatic, that you’ll immediately seek out resources to deal with it.”

Moshier said he also hopes to be more transparent with the public and make better use of social media, including live streaming videos and starting an Instagram account.

“That was one of the major things I took away from it, how important it is to partner and work with the media and not hide behind secrecy and just be up front and honest and transparent to help strengthen community bonds.”

The chief said he returned grateful for the relationship the Ellsworth Police Department has with local media organizations and the community at large.

“My problems are minuscule compared to others,” he said, noting discussions with leaders from places such as Chicago and Ferguson, Mo., where law enforcement and community relations are strained. “How lucky we are to live in a community like this.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post contained an error. Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier has three children.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

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Kate is the paper's Digital Media Strategist, responsible for all things social, and the occasional story too! She's a former reporter for the paper and can be reached at: [email protected]
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