Sanford Police Department

  • Agency: Sanford Police Department
  • Address: 935 Main Street, Sanford , 04073 ME
  • Chief: Thomas H Jones (Chief of Police)
Phone: (207) 324-9170

Sanford Police Department is located at 935 Main Street, Sanford , 04073 ME. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas H Jones. The Sanford Police Department phone number is (207) 324-9170.

Sanford Police Department News

WE ARE HIRING: The Sanford Police Dept. is hiring for patrolman with our agency. The deadline for application completion is November 2nd by 4:30pm with Human Resources at City Hall. Please visit our website for the application.

The Sanford Police want to send our condolences to the Wells Police Dept. for the passing of K-9 Elli. She made several trips to our City to assist our Police Dept during her career. Rest easy now Elli, thank you for your service.

On behalf of the officers of the Sanford Police Dept. we would like to offer condolences and thanks to K-9 Hoki and Ofc. Pelkey. We used Hoki's services over the course of his career here in the City and are saddened by the news. Rest easy Hoki, you were a good boy.

SCAM ALERT: We have received several calls today of a phone scam. The person is claiming to be the Sheriff from York County and is advising people that they have several warrants and if they pay the asking sum of money the warrants will be cleared up. No police department will call and ask for money to clear warrants. Warrants can only be addressed with the courts. If you receive this call do not give out any of your information. The number that comes up is a Maine number, but it’s spoofed as it comes from out of state.

The Sanford Police Department would like to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives on 09/11/01. We honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice that day. You may be gone, but will never be forgotten.

VANDALISM ON NOTTINGHAM DR. The Sanford Police are looking for the public’s help in locating the person/ persons responsible for vandalizing this house. It happened in the night between Sept. 1-2. If you have any information please call Ofc. Sarah Howe or you can leave an anonymous tip on our tip line at 324-3644 and follow the prompts.

***UPDATE, SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED*** SANFORD POLICE ARE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY SUBJECTS FOR QUESTIONING: The Sanford Police are looking to identify the individuals in the posted photos for questioning involving a theft that occurred on 08/11/18. If you recognize these individuals please contact Ofc. Hodge at 324-3644 ext. 124. You can also leave a tip on our tip line by calling the same number and follow the prompts.

****UPDATE, SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED*** SUSPECT INVOLVED IN A THEFT AT WALMART: The Sanford Police are looking to identify the two people in the photos below. They are wanted for questioning in a theft that occurred at Walmart. Please contact Ofc. Sarah Howe at 324-3644 ext. 140. Or dispatch at the same number with any information.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE, OLD MILL RD: Old Mill Rd. will be closed to vehicular traffic until Monday 08/06/18, (subject to change.) It will only be open to residents who reside on Old Mill Rd. As a reminder using Old Mill Rd. to get to Mardens Plaza will not be permitted as well as Mardens Plaza to Old Mill Rd. Doing so or attempting to do so will result in a traffic citation. If you need to get to the Mardens Plaza please use Main St. Thank you for your understanding.

****UPDATE, CHILDREN HAVE BEEN FOUND**** It is possible these boys are in the Sanford area. Please contact us with any information if they are in Sanford/Springvale. 324-3644

MOURNING THE LOSS OF OFC. MICHAEL CHESNA OF THE WEYMOUTH POLICE DEPT. The Sanford Police Dept. is mourning the shooting death of Ofc. Michael Chesna of the Weymouth Police Dept. He was shot and killed while performing his patrol duties. Our hearts go out to the Weymouth Police Dept. and Ofc. Chesna’s family and friends. We will remember your sacrifice. Rest easy.


***SUSPECT HAS BEEN LOCATED*** LOOKING TO IDENTIFY SHOPLIFTER FROM WAL-MART: The Sanford Police Dept. is looking for the public's help in identifying this suspect for shoplifting at Wal-Mart today. He left in a dark colored Ford Escape. If you know this person please contact us at 324-3644 or leave a tip on our tip line.

DROWNING AT THE SANFORD RECREATION: On 07/05/2018 at 2:25 PM Sanford Police and Fire responded to a medical call at the Springvale recreation area. Witnesses stated that a male had been swimming in the river when he became distressed and called out for help. Bystanders were able to pull the man from the water and the lifeguard on duty began CPR. Sanford Fire Department personnel continued to attempt to resuscitate the man but were unable to revive him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The male was identified as Michael Lancaster (64) of Sanford, Maine.

BRUCE HUNTER ARRESTED FOR TERRORIZING WITH A FIREARM: On July 3rd, 2018 at approximately 1907 hours Sanford Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Mousam Street in Sanford for the report of a male threatening to shoot people with a firearm. Information indicated the suspect had exited a residence on Mousam Street with the weapon and engaged in a verbal confrontation with neighbors during which time the threats were made. The suspect then re-entered the residence at the beckoning of another male. Witnesses reported the male discharged the firearm prior to entering the residence. A police tactical vehicle was brought to the scene as a contingency to assist in the evacuation of neighboring residents in the event the situation escalated, as well as to provide officers a safe approach to the residence if necessary. Approximately 45 minutes after police units arrived on scene the occupants of the residence in question had exited and the suspect submitted to police detention. Sanford Police, assisted by several State Troopers, secured the residence and determined there were no injuries to any of the involved parties. A firearm was recovered in the residence. Bruce Hunter age 53 of 10 Mousam Street in Sanford was subsequently charged with Terrorizing.

FIREWORKS AND INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE ROAD CLOSURES: Fireworks Event July 3, 2018 road closures: The closures will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 3 and will remain closed until one hour after the end of the fireworks. Wm. Oscar Emery from River Street to the rotary . Gowen Park Drive from Main St. to the rotary. Front Street from Linden Ave to the rotary. Wm. Oscar Emery from Lincoln Street to the rotary. Summer Street from Grant Street to the rotary. No Parking on Wm. Oscar Emery from 10:00 a.m. through the end of the event ***No Smoking Allowed during this event around No. 1 Pond*** Parade July 4, 2018 road closures: The Main Street closure will begin at 10:00 a.m. Main Street from Carver Street to Gowen Park Drive. North bound and south bound traffic will be closed down from 10:00 a.m. until the completion of the Parade. The intersection of Route 202 and Main Street will be closed while the parade is going through the intersection. No parking on Main Street from Carver Street to Gowen Park Drive from 8:00 a.m. through the end of the event Motorists are advised to seek an alternative route

STABBING INCIDENT NEAR 54 EMERY ST.: On June 27, 2018 at approximately 1705 hours Sanford Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 54 Emery Street for the report of a disturbance. Further information indicated there was an assault in progress and that a person had been stabbed. Officers arrived on scene and located Austin Murphy, age 22, of 54 Emery Street. Mr. Murphy was suffering from an apparent knife wound to the chest. Sanford Fire and Rescue services were requested to the scene and Mr. Murphy was transported by ambulance to Southern Maine Medical Center at Goodall for evaluation and stabilization and then later to Maine Medical Center by helicopter via Life Flight out of the Sanford Regional Airport. The injury to Mr. Murphy can be considered serious. The involved parties of the incident have been identified and the investigation to determine the circumstances which led to the injury continues.

DISCHARGING FIREWORKS IS NOT ALLOWED IN SANFORD/SPRINGVALE: During this time of year we receive countless complaints of fireworks throughout the City and the Village. Please remember that they are not allowed to be set off. You risk hefty fines as well as setting fires to your neighborhood, house, and property. We also realize that they are sold in Sanford and that could be confusing. The Fireworks store lists that they are not allowed to be set off in Sanford/Springvale. The City has an ordinance that is more restrictive than the state law. We have outlined the fireworks ordinance below as well as the fine progression. No person shall discharge any fireworks within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Sanford. Nothing in this section shall be so construed as to prohibit a public display of fireworks under supervision of the municipal officers of the Town. The term "corporate boundaries" means within the City. The fines for a violation of this ordinance are as follows: First violation: $500. Second violation: $750. Third violation: $1,000.

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH On June 17, 2018 at approximately 9:14 PM the Sanford Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Grammar Road and Candlewood Lane. The initial investigation has revealed that a 2009 Hyundia Elantra, operated by Blake Deslauriers, age 20, of Springvale Maine was traveling south at a high rate of speed. The vehicle left the roadway, became airborne and struck a tree before coming to rest. Mr. Deslauriers and his passenger, Danielle Harrison, age 37, of Sanford Maine were deceased at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

****UPDATE, HE HAS BEEN LOCATED **** MISSING MAN WITH DEMENTIA, PAUL LASANTE: Paul Lasante 08/24/1941. Left his residence at 57 old post rd just before 1700 hours. Was last seen on route 4 in Alfred heading toward Waterboro. Paul was wearing a ball cap, blue sweat shirt, tan pants and brown boots. Paul had previously lived in Parsonsfield. If you have seen this man or locate him, please call us at 324-3644.

REWARD OFFERED IN NEW HIGH SCHOOL FIRE: The Sanford Police Department in conjunction with Hutter Construction are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the arson and vandalism to the Sanford New High School construction site that occurred on June 11, 2018. If you have information, please contact Detective Colleen Adams at (207) 324-9170 ext: 226 or by email at If you would like to leave a confidential tip, you may do so by calling (207) 324-9170 x170 or by visiting

CONGRATULATIONS SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 The Sanford Police Dept. would like to congratulate the Sanford High School class of 2018. It is a great accomplishment to graduate and now start on the great journey of life. Please do so with passion and a willingness to do great deeds in the community. We hope that when you finish your education be it in college, trade school, military, or just in life that you come back to your community to make it a better place. Don't worry, we will look after your parents while you're gone.

FRAUD PREVENTION SEMINAR AT THE GOODALL LIBRARY: On Monday, June 11 at 6:00 pm at the Goodall Library our agency as well as members from the Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance will be hosting a seminar regarding fraud prevention. The seminar is free to attend and will touch on topics from bank fraud to phone scams. It should be a good informational seminar. We look forward to seeing you there.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE: The Sanford Police are seeking the assistance of the public surrounding the tragic events that took place at the Goodall Park on Friday, June 1. Detectives are attempting to identify and speak with several witnesses who were standing near the vehicle when it exited the ball park. The first image (attached) is a male who throws a bat at the vehicle in an apparent attempt to distract the driver. A second image is a male standing on the walkway who watches the vehicle crash into the gate as it leaves the park. The third image is a group of individuals standing on the stairway landing, which overlooks Roberts Street. The fourth image is of two people who were standing feet away from the gate before Mr. Parkhurst was struck. Police are asking that if you know any of these people, or if you are one of these people, to please contact Detective Colleen Adams at 207-324-9170 x226, or by email at Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

SANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST LEG OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPIC TORCH RUN: Yesterday members of the Sanford Police ran 7 miles to the North Berwick town line to hand off the Special Olympic Torch to officers of the North Berwick Police Dept. It is an honor bestowed to us for years and we were happy to be a part of it.