Calais PD Names New Sergeant

By Jayna Smith

 Calais Police Department's newly appointed Sergeant, Matt Vinson.  (Photo by Jayna Smith).

The Calais Police Department welcomed a new Sergeant effective last Sunday.  In the position is Matt Vinson who brings 28 years of law enforcement experience to the department. 

Sergeant Vinson began his law enforcement career in 1986 with his enlistment in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he spent time stationed in Germany, Panama, Greece, and Oklahoma and held multiple supervisory positions. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1995, Sergeant Vinson worked his way up the ranks from patrolman to Chief of Police within the Eastport Police Department where he stayed  for ten years. He also currently serves as a part-time officer with the Baileyville Police Department. 

Sergeant Vinson is looking forward to serving the citizens of Calais in his new position. "When I started in Calais a year and a half ago, the department was twice the size it is now which presents a unique challenge to the department. I look forward to working closely with Chief Randall and facing that challenge head on,” he stated. 

 “Sergeant Vinson is a great addition to the management team, and I know that his training and experience will be very crucial during the rebuilding of the Calais Police Department,” Calais Police Chief Dave Randall said.  “Sergeant Vinson’s positive attitude and community policing approach to law enforcement is what we need to help move our department forward.  It is a good feeling knowing that Sergeant Vinson will be my right-hand man and the second in charge.”

Since relocating to Calais in 2013, Sergeant Vinson has become involved in the community by volunteering for the Calais Little League Association and the International Homecoming Festival. Most recently he coached the Calais Recreation Department's Elementary/Junior High cross country team. 

Sergeant Vinson is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his family still resides. He has three grown children and one granddaughter.