The history of the Lisbon Police Department is not unlike those in many other small Maine towns. Upon its incorporation in 1799, originally as Thompsonborough and a few years later changed to Lisbon, constables were appointed to serve civil process and keep the peace. Eventually the Sheriff and State Police shared duties in policing the town.
The "modern" era for Lisbon PD began in 1946. Albert "Bud" Junkins was just out of the US Army after serving as a Provost Sergeant during WWII. Bud settled in Lisbon and was asked to fill in for Constable Jim Gaynor who was taking some time off. Jim never returned and Bud became the constable for the town. He used his Army uniform, dyed blue, for work.
Lisbon's First Cruiser
The police car was his own 1935 Pontiac with constable plates on it (see photo). A second police officer, Richard Cota, was hired in 1955. As a result of a vote at the town meeting in 1956, the town purchased its first official police cruiser (see photo). It was a 1956 Plymouth flathead 8 producing 180 HP. It was equipped with a mobile radio-telephone and heavy-duty alternator. Bud became police chief in 1961.
Chief David Brooks began with Lisbon PD as an officer in 1974. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1980 and Police Chief in 1981. Chief Brooks retired in 2016 after 42 years in police work.
Marc Hagan was hired as Lisbon's next Chief of Police in September of 2016. Chief Hagan had recently retired from the Brunswick Police Department where he served 26 year's in various roles from Patrol Officer, Community Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Patrol Commander. In September 2020 Chief Marc Hagan left Lisbon PD and went to become Chief of Police in his hometown of Topsham, Maine.
On September 11, 2020, Lt. Ryan McGee was selected to become interim Chief of Police for the Department. On November 12, 2020, Ryan McGee was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Lisbon Police Department.
The men and women of the Lisbon Police Department are proud of our history while continuing to look toward a future of service and partnership to our community while upholding our core values of "Integrity, Respect, and Compassion". Thank you.