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Portland, Maine:  U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced today that on November 18, 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Lewiston Police Department and the Portland Police Department will present the TRUST (Teach mutual Respect and Understanding through SimulaTion) Program to about 50 students at Gray-New Gloucester High School, located at 10 Libby Hill Road in Gray.

The TRUST Program offers students an opportunity to meet with representatives of the criminal justice community and ask them questions, share their perceptions of law enforcement and interact with law enforcement officers in a familiar setting. Law enforcement officers also provide students with their perspective on responding to dangerous or uncertain circumstances and the importance of remaining calm and following the officers’ directions in these situations.

The half-day program will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at about 1:00 p.m. It will include: (1) presentations about investigating, prosecuting and sentencing in criminal cases; (2) student role-playing exercises involving a call for service for a domestic disturbance complaint and a traffic stop; and (3) use of force simulations.

OPEN PRESS (except for the use of force simulations; simulator equipment will be made available to the press at the conclusion of the simulations). Students with media permissions will be identified.

NOTE: All media must RSVP to craig.wolff@usdoj.gov, arrive by 8:45 a.m. and possess a government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. For more information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-me.

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