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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Marlowe Sonksen Promoted to Lieutenant of Maine Marine Patrol
Marlowe Sonksen, a 28-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol has been promoted to the newly created position of the Lieutenant in charge of special services.
Sonksen began his career in the Marine Patrol in 1985 and steadily rose through the ranks. In 1998 he was promoted to Marine Patrol Specialist and in 2000 he received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
“Lieutenant Sonksen is a consummate law enforcement official,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “His career exemplifies the high standard of professionalism Mainers have come to expect from the Marine Patrol. This new position is critical and reflects the growing importance and unique challenges of law enforcement along Maine’s coast.”
“Lieutenant Sonksen has been a leader in the Maine Marine Patrol for nearly 30-years,” said Major Jon Cornish. “He has distinguished himself throughout his career by taking responsibility without being asked and has continually pursued his own professional development, sharing his knowledge with his fellow officers.”
The new position, based in both DMR’s Hallowell and the Marine Patrol’s Rockland offices, will provide leadership over the Bureau’s increasing array of commitments, including those involving other agencies. “The Marine Patrol participates with a number of other agencies in response to a wide variety of incidents, including whale entanglement, large scale disaster, and search and rescue, and we needed someone with Marlowe’s experience to assume a leadership role,” said Major Cornish.
Among his duties, Sonksen will oversee the Special Services portion of the Maine Marine Patrol which includes supervision over watercraft and the two marine mechanics that work at the Rockland repair facility. “Lieutenant Sonksen is a highly skilled boating professional with decades of advanced training in operation, navigation and enforcement from leading authorities such as the Coast Guard and the Maine Maritime Academy,” said Major Cornish.
Lieutenant Sonksen will also administer all Marine Patrol information technology programs and training. “This is becoming a more critical function within the Marine Patrol every year,” said Major Cornish. “We need to be able to access and communicate critical information rapidly and Lieutenant Sonksen has been instrumental in our development of mobile technology for Marine Patrol Officers on land and on the water.”
His responsibilities will also include oversight of the Marine Patrol’s involvement in interdepartmental response units such as the Maritime Tactical Team and the State Police Dive team. “As a Certified Master Dive Instructor and Certified Firearms Instructor, Marlowe brings a unique depth of skill and knowledge to these vitally important law enforcement teams,” said Major Cornish. Sonksen will also serve as a back-up to the Maine Emergency Management Agency, providing command post coverage during statewide declared emergencies, and will coordinate the state’s Whale Disentanglement Team.
“We’re fortunate to have a professional of Lieutenant Sonken’s caliber in this new leadership position,” said Major Cornish. “His career-long pursuit of new skills and knowledge not only sets a great example for all of our officers, it will serve the Maine Marine Patrol well as we strive to improve our capacity to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Maine’s coastal communities.”
The Marine Patrol is a Bureau of the Maine Department of Marine Resource that provides law enforcement, search and rescue, public health, maritime security, and public safety services on Maine’s coastal and tidal waters. More information about the Maine Marine Patrol can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dmr/bmp/homepage.html.
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