The Coastal Packet: Law and order on Maine's islands

Tuesday, September 15

Law and order on Maine's islands

Jesse Ellison, Down East - Insular, wary of outsiders — these are old stereotypes about Maine’s island dwellers. But there’s little doubt the islands tend to attract fiercely independent spirits. All up and down the coast, island residents interviewed for this story reported that they prefer to handle things on their own, that outside law enforcement is really only necessary for the most extreme situations. So how to police a place that doesn’t want outside interference? How does an island’s only cop avoid becoming the default bad guy?

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