Rumford Police Sgt. Tracey Higley (left) poses with local artist Brent Batchelder of Club Neopolsi Creations with this 11×30-inch painting to be raffled off at the Maine Association of Police (MAP) awards banquet in Portland on Jan. 26.

RUMFORD — In cooperation with the Rumford Police Department, local artist Brent Batchelder of Club Neopolsi Creations has created 11×30-inch painting to be raffled off at the Maine Association of Police (MAP) awards banquet in Portland on Jan. 26.
Rumford Police Sgt. Tracey Higley said Batchelder donated his time, effort and some of the materials. The officers who make up the Rumford Police Association (RPA) also helped pay for some of the materials, and then they are donating the painting to MAP.
About the painting, Batchelder said, “The painting symbolizes the care and compassion that police officers have, as they serve and protect society. I chose to have the background be the American flag. It is represented in the police colors of black, white and blue, with the blue component representing the “thin blue line.”
He added that the faceless (so you can imagine anyone’s face) police officer rescues a child from a traumatic situation, which is generic and could be anything. “The officer, with angel wings, brings her through the shattered red area to safety.”
Higley said proceeds will go to the MAP charities account, which goes to a number of charities all over the state either by request or to what is deemed in need. These include towards someone whose lost their home to fire, or to a scholarship.
RPA, which uses officer donations, also donates locally, to things like the school’s Renaissance Program and the Zombie Run.
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