Welcome Shawn O’Leary – Executive Vice President

Dirigo Safety, LLC is proud to announce that Shawn O’Leary is joining our team full-time as Executive Vice President. Shawn joined Dirigo Safety in 2016 as a per diem instructor and most recently worked as our law enforcement policy coordinator. As Executive VP, Shawn will oversee our Policy Development Services, Online Training Programs for Maine Law Enforcement agencies, Executive Selection And Recruitment Services, Supervisory Promotional Examinations & Assessment Center Services our Workplace Violence training and On-Site Security Assessments products. He provides a sense of ease and understanding for those clients he interacts with while ensuring that they gain critical information through superior customer service.

Shawn has over 34 years of Law Enforcement experience, 14 of which has been at the Command Level, and Senior Executive Level. During his career in law enforcement, he has worked in several units including Patrol and Undercover Operations for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Shawn was a member of the Special Response Team team for the Town of Brunswick for ten years, the Primary Use of Force Instructor, which included being Maine Criminal Justice Academy Certified Instructor in Firearms and Interactive Use of Force Instructor. After retiring from the Brunswick Police Department as a Lieutenant, he worked at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. At the rank of Captain he oversaw the Support Services Division and then the Criminal Investigations Division. He recently retired as the Chief of Police for the Town of Winslow, Maine.

Shawn’s extensive work experience is only part of his background, and his education has played a crucial role in teaching. He is a 2013 Graduate of the prestigious FBI – National Academy. Has a Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors, in Business Administration/Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bangor Community College. During his 34 years of being in law enforcement, he has attended well over 2,405 hours of In-Service Training with an emphasis in Executive Leadership, Management, Police Operations, Employee and Instructor Development.

Shawn has been recognized for his accomplishments many times over his career which include – 2015 Police Chief of the Year – “David W. Pickering Award”, 2019 Awarded “Law Enforcement Executive Certificate” from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Trustee’s, 2009 “Heroism Award”, 2001 “Meritorious Service Award”, and recognized many times for his superior performance, where he received Commendations for Bravery, Leadership, and Investigative Excellence.

Dirigo Safety is excited that Shawn is joining our team of highly professional and motivation law enforcement professionals. We are proud to bring our public safety advocacy to the next level with the addition of Shawn’s expertise. 

In-Person Training Resumes in the Fall 

Dirigo Safety, LLC will resume in-person training this fall at our Auburn location. We have over 20 classes scheduled between September and December. Our capacity is limited to 15 in accordance with social distancing requirements so sign up early! More info to follow soon.

Returning Classes Include:

Search Warrant Writing

Vehicle Operation Liability

Search and Seizure Law for Cops

Conducting Pre-Employment Background Investigations

New Classes: 

Criminal Investigations for New Detectives and Evidence Collection

Law Enforcement Use of Deadly Force: Before and After

Transformational Leadership

Classes In Development: 

Deescaluation Refresher

Officer Safety and Documentation During Encounters with the Mentally Ill. 

Tactical Medicine

On-Line Classes Added: 

We continue to expand on our library of on-line classes. This month we are adding:

OUI Report Writing 

This class reviews the basics of competent report writing through the use of an OUI investigation.  Users are reminded of the importance of proper grammar, spelling, syntax, and documentation procedures in criminal investigations through the use of both good and bad examples. Additionally, this class covers the unique statutory and technical requirements present in every OUI case with an emphasis on writing the report in anticipation of future courtroom testimony. The class provides several examples of good OUI report writing. 

Dealing with the Vulnerable

This class is a basic refresher for current law enforcement officers. The course is based upon the Maine Criminal Justice Academy basic law enforcement training class of the same name. The instructional goal of the class is to give  students an understanding of the factors dealing with the vulnerable constituents of our society and strategies for effective service to this population. This includes: the elderly, the homeless, the mentally ill, suicidal, and those who may be physically, mentally or emotionally disabled. 

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