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Department of Public Safety

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-16

Scope and Contents

The Maine State Archives (MSA) collects and holds the permanent historical records of the Maine State Government. MSA was created in 1965. By 1971, MSA housed the historical records that had been held by the Secretary of State, Legislature, Courts and Executive Departments. This included records from defunct agencies.

With the implementation of a records management system, groups of records were identified as having permanent historical value and were sent to the Archives after a designated period of time. These included Commissioner/Executive correspondence, meeting minutes from Boards and Commissions, as well as department-specific records.


  • 1958 -

Biographical / Historical

PURPOSE: The Department of Public Safety was established to serve the people by providing, coordinating and leading a responsive and comprehensive public safety system to protect their lives, rights and properties.

Employees of the Maine Department of Public Safety will continue to serve the public to the best of their ability by being dedicated and accountable and by managing resources effectively and efficiently. The Maine Department of Public Safety seeks to preserve the public order and to protect the persons, property, rights and privileges of all people in the State through ethical leadership and the development of employees, while upholding and respecting the constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equity and justice.

ORGANIZATION: The Department of Public Safety was created in 1971, consolidating the former Department of State Police, the Enforcement Division of the State Liquor Commission, the employees of the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission, the Division of State Fire Prevention of the Department of Insurance and the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Academy, under the Commissioner of Public Safety.

In 1978, the Bureau of Capitol Police was added to the organization of the Department. The responsibility for the administration of the Highway Safety Program from the Department of Transportation was added and in 1990 the Legislature changed the name to the Bureau of Highway Safety. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Advisory Board were created by the 113th Legislature to develop and carry out a Statewide Drug Enforcement Program.

Public Law 1991, chapter 588, transferred the responsibility for Emergency Medical Services from the then Department of Human Services to Public Safety. During 1993, the 116th Legislature created the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse requiring the Department to collect and disseminate complete information related to missing children.

The 121st Legislature passed LD 1683, An Act Relating to the Establishment of a Maine Communications System Policy Board, as Public Law 2003, chapter 678. Historically, emergency communications dispatch had been the responsibility of the Bureau of State Police within the Department of Public Safety. Sixty positions were transferred from the Bureau of State Police into the new Consolidated Emergency Communications Bureau. In addition, to provide the unit with a civilian director, the position of Director, Bureau of Consolidated Emergency Communications was created. The new Director began on October 25, 2006. In 2014 the Orono Regional Communications Center Moved from Orono to Bangor along with several units of the Maine State Police.

The 121st Legislature passed as Public Law Chapter 687, An Act to Establish the Gambling Control Board whose responsibilities are to establish rules and policies as well as licensing for slot machine operators and slot machine distributors. The 125th legislature passed as Public Law Chapter 418, An Act to Allow Table Games at a Facility Licensed to Operate Slot Machines to include the licensing of Slot Machine operators to operate table games.

The Bureau of Building Codes and Standards was established within the Department of Public Safety to provide administrative support and technical assistance to the Codes and Standards Board, established in Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 5-A. This Bureau has been consolidated under the Fire Marshal's Office.

The financial data includes expenses of Emergency Medical Services.

Maine State Government Annual Report 2013-2014


40.75 Linear Feet (47 containers)

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State Agency Schedules
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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333