AUBURN — Dr. Scott E. Knapp, president of Central Maine Community College, has announced the appointment of Matthew Tifft as criminal justice instructor.

A Maine native and graduate of Buckfield High School, Tifft earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in criminology at the University of Southern Maine. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service.

A graduate of the Law Enforcement Training Program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Tifft has served with the Auburn Police Department since 2005 as a patrol officer and more recently as the school resource officer. He worked previously for the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department.

Tifft has served as an instructor at the MCJA and is certified as an advanced school resource officer, defensive tactics instructor, and CPR and water safety instructor. He has conducted training sessions in the mechanics of arrest, situational use of force, principles of decision-making, and traffic enforcement.

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