One new Houlton ME police officer from Southern Florida, the other from North Carolina and both say same thing.Where they came from, law enforcement was reactive...reacting to a crime here, there, all the time. In Maine, the 4th lowest crime state, both says law enforcement here is pro-active. They get into the schools for the DARE program, teach students police are not bad, or the enemy or someone to be afraid of or avoided.
There is a citizens academy where seminars on law enforcement and how the public can help are held in Houlton Maine.The participants of a citizen's group get certificates and understand better the job and challenges police officers have.
Where you have wall to wall people, crime comes with the territory as the population squeezes in, the traffic increase and tempers flare. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse or both?