VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police have bestowed the “Trooper of the Year” award on a woman for the first time.
State Police Detective Lauren Edstrom of Biddeford received the honor Tuesday at the annual state police awards ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
Col. John Cote, the state police chief, said Edstrom is regarded as one of Maine’s experts in children’s deaths. He called her a “seasoned investigator who has been involved in some of the toughest and heart-breaking death investigations in recent years.”
She is also a member of the evidence recovery team and serves on the state’s child death review board. She previously served as crisis negotiator, bomb dog handler and drug recognition expert.
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A veteran State Police detective has been named the department’s Trooper of the Year. Lauren Edstrom of Biddeford received the honor today at the annual State Police awards ceremony, held at the criminal justice academy in Vassalboro. Edstrom is a 21 year veteran of the State Police and investigates homicides, suspicious deaths and major crimes in Cumberland and York counties. The Chief of the State Police, Colonel John Cote, said Edstrom is regarded as one of Maine’s experts in children’s deaths, in which she has investigated several in her career. Cote said, “Detective Edstrom is a seasoned investigator who has been involved in some of the toughest and heart breaking death investigations in recent years, several involving children.” Edstrom joined the State Police in 1997 and patrolled 15 years in York County as a member of Troop A. She was promoted to detective in 2012. She currently is a member of the evidence recovery team and formerly was a crisis negotiator, bomb dog handler and drug recognition expert. She also continues to be a member of the state’s child death review board, which meets regularly to assess responses to children’s deaths. Trooper of the year is the highest award given to a State Police member.