Damariscotta Police Chief Jason Warlick said Officer Erick Halpin has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. The sergeant ranks second to the chief in the department. Warlick held the position until he became acting police chief in January.
Warlick announced the promotion during the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, Aug. 1, shortly after taking the oath of office as the town’s new police chief.
Halpin joined the Damariscotta Police Department as a reserve officer in October 2014 after returning from deployment to Afghanistan with the 488th Military Police Company of the Maine Army National Guard. He became a full-time officer later that year, and graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in December 2015.
In addition to his 4 1/2 years with the National Guard, Halpin worked as a corrections officer for five years at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset and worked for the Phippsburg Police Department.
During the annual town meeting in June, Halpin received public recognition and a Lifesaving Award for his contributions to saving the life of a man who had overdosed.
“It is because of Officer Halpin’s efforts that this man has a chance to live, parent, and hopefully move forward with sobriety and get the help he needs to live a long and happy life,” Warlick said.