Portland Police Department

At A Glance

Image of the state of Maine with a star over Portland Total number of agency personnel: 218
Sworn: 163
Civilian: 55

Total population served: 68,000

Jurisdiction: Portland, Maine

Program Highlights

  • Features mental health professionals embedded in the law enforcement agency
  • Partners with a local mental health agency to employ a contracted police liaison 
  • Operates within a small city, in collaboration with nearby rural community
  • Facilitates internship program for Master’s level students
  • Uses a co-response model with a community-based support network
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all officers
  • Currently piloting a civilian-led alternative response unit for mental health calls when the client is not a danger to themselves or others 

Behavioral Health Response Program

Website: Portland Police Department


Major Jason King
Major of Uniformed Operations
Portland Police Department
109 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101

Bridgit Sliwak, LCSW
Behavioral Health Coordinator
Portland Police Department
109 Middle Street
Portland ME, 04101