As some members of the community may already know, Lieutenant Milt Calder will be retiring on June 30, 2017 after 27 years of service in the Town of Cumberland. He began working for the Cumberland Police Department back in 1984 as a patrol officer, left law enforcement for 6 years to work in the private sector, and returned to full time law enforcement in 1997.
Throughout his career, he has been involved in efforts to make the community a safer place by working with Maine Bureau of Highway Safety on enforcement grants (speed, OUI, seatbelt) and has been a member of Casco Bay CAN (Creating Awareness Now), a non-profit aimed at increasing awareness around youth substance abuse issues. Lt. Calder has an encyclopedic knowledge of his community: the businesses, homes, and people who make up our town. Because of this, he is immediately able to establish rapport, facilitate cooperation, and solve problems. He is most proud of the relationships he has built in his community, with his peers in law enforcement, and with the officers in his department. When his fellow officers were asked what they would miss most about Lieutenant Calder they noted his camaraderie, his compassion for those around him, his leadership, his family first mentality, and his love for a good cup of coffee. One officer reflected on his time working with Milt:
“Lt. Calder is one of the most caring people I have ever met. Anytime a member of the department is going through a tough time due to a family death or any other tragedy, he is the first to check on them. His kindness doesn’t end there and he will follow up with that person while they are off work. During times like this he steps up and works long unpaid hours to cover shifts so the person who is out doesn’t feel burdened by other patrolman having to work for him. He is a genuine person who doesn’t just look at you as an employee. If you work with him you are considered part of his family and he will be there for you no matter what.”
After he retires at the end of June, Milt and a crew will be leaving to take part in a sailboat race from Marblehead to Halifax aboard the 36 foot sailboat (named Speed Trap) that he and his wife Alicia own. After the race, they will spend some time sailing near Cape Breton and will return to Maine in August. Milt plans to continue working, but has not yet decided what his first post-law enforcement challenge will be. For the remainder of his time in Cumberland, help us in celebrating Milt’s career in our community by sharing your favorite memories and wishing him the best in his future endeavors!