For Immediate Release
August 12, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and U.S. Marshals Service Praise Work of Bureau of Motor Vehicles'
Senior Detective Mark Silk
Silk's work “Fine example of inter-agency cooperation”
Bangor- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap was joined by members of the U.S. Marshals Service to recognize the exemplary work of Mark Silk, a senior Detective in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Office of Investigations. “Mark is a true team player, and he consistently goes above and beyond the call to make sure everything he can do to further an investigation is being done,” Dunlap said. “This time, a dangerous sex offender was apprehended thanks to Mark's work and his willingness to immediately share pertinent information with another law enforcement agency- this time, the U.S. Marshals.”
Back in April, Silk was quick to notice some information in one of his case files which corresponded to information contained in a warrant entry from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The information Silk then provided to the Marshals resulted in the apprehension of fugitive Tjentz Edwards, also known as Kenneth Thompson. Thompson had fled the State of Maine in violation of both State and Federal probation. His state probation resulted from multiple gross sexual assault convictions, and his federal probation resulted from being convicted on charges of possessing child pornography. Thompson is now serving a 12 month and one day sentence for violating his probation.
Dunlap noted this case highlighted all the best facets of hard work and teamwork. “This recognition is well-deserved, because Mark exemplifies all that is right with law enforcement. This apprehension was the result of hard work, and a willingness to provide any and all assistance he could to the U.S. Marshals Service, and indeed, to any law enforcement agency, in order to get the job done.”
Dunlap's sentiments were echoed by U.S. Marshal David Viles, who heads up the Service's Maine District. “This is how it's supposed to work- law enforcement agencies, regardless of whether they're local, state, or federal entities, collaborating in such a way as to protect the public in ways no single agency could accomplish by itself. We are grateful to Senior Detective Silk and Secretary of State Dunlap for their help in this case, and we are eager to see this level of inter-agency cooperation continue as we move forward.”
Senior Detective Silk was presented a framed Legislative sentiment congratulating him on his work in this case and for his continuing commitment to protect and serve the people of Maine . The sentiment was presented by Sen. Elizabeth Schneider and Representative Emily Cain, who had sponsored the sentiment.