I’m sure many may suggest against my responding to blogs and may not be in the best interest for me as Sheriff to do so. I should not allow idiotic, foolish and demoralizing statements made by someone that has little or no knowledge of the subject at hand bother me. But the blogs published on April 11th, 2010 on the Sun/Journal website were just plain cruel, not only to the family and friends of the deceased, but also to all members of my organization.
It is apparent that the authors never experienced the loss of human life while in ones arms, if he or she did; I suspect you would have never made such a disgusting comment. The men and women that are charged with maintaining the safety and security of our county jail have a responsibility that very few of our citizens could ever imagine or even experience or would they ever care to. Our corrections officers perform a vital service that is key to the success of maintaining law and order that we as citizens all enjoy within our respective communities. If it were not for their services, where would our criminal justice system be?
If I could make a very strong suggestion to MAROONED and TRON, whoever you may be, why don’t you first allow the process and investigation to take its course and at the end, take the time to make an educated and positive comment. If that is so impossible then I would suggest to just allow those in public service to do their job and you can sit back and enjoy the protection that they provide.
For me, I will stand fast in making any judgment until a complete and thorough investigation has been conducted by the Attorney Generals Office and the Maine State Police, evaluate their findings and then, and only then, respond accordingly. But for now, there is one thing we can all do, keep our thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased and the members of our corrections staff that were on duty on April 10th, 2010.
Guy P. Desjardins, Sheriff
Androscoggin Sheriff’s Office
Office Number – 784-7361 ext. 230.
You will be missed Arnold. You were a great man with passion in everything you did. You were also a great friend.You and your dear wife are again together.
This is great news for L/A. Something we should all be very proud of.
I hope that reaching out to all of the communities of Androscoggin County will help me in my attempt to establish a web site that is informative and user friendly. I can not just sit here and use the excuse of no money in the budget so we will not move forward. Lets make this a "community project" that will benefit all of us. There just has to be another solution than just throwing tax dollars to any situation.
If you or your organization are interested in this most needed public service project please contact me any time. My telephone number and email address is listed within the above article.
I lookforward to hearing from those interested.
Guy Desjardins, Sheriff
Androscoggin Sheriff's Office