ELLSWORTH — Most of the time, when a Maine Marine Patrol officer appears on the scene, the message is “Get real.”
Recently, though, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) began using virtual reality in an effort to find new recruits for the state’s seagoing law enforcement agency.
Now available on the website YouTube is a new recruitment video that, according to a recent statement, the department hopes will give the public a better sense of “the purpose and mission, and stories” of the Maine Marine Patrol,
Online in two versions, the video offers an insight into the patrol’s history, and how it has evolved to take on the responsibilities of the modern world. Complete with a throbbing score, attention-grabbing images and fast-paced editing, the video depicts a composite “day in the life” of a Marine Patrol officer and shows glimpses of the many fisheries that patrol monitors, the specialized equipment it employs, and the philosophy with which officers approach their often demanding job.