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Real Life Stories from a Maine State Trooper

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This story reminds me of how much things have changed since the 1980s in state government. When I joined the Maine State Police in 1977, troopers worked six days a week and were on duty 24 hours a day.

We had to put in a minimum of 10 hours per day “on the road.” All the other duties, including cleaning cruisers, polishing gear and doing paperwork, had to be done outside of that 10 hours.

We either had to be on the radio or at a phone number where we could be immediately reached. There were no pagers, portable radios, cell phones or computers. There was no overtime pay when we got called out or worked beyond the 10-hour minimum. We also were not paid when we were in court on our day off. Three hundred work hours per month was the norm back then.

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