Officer graduates with highest-ever score

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Police Officer Rory Diffin graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s basic law enforcement training program last month at the top of his class.

Diffin, a one-year veteran of the department, was one of 53 graduates of this year’s program, and earned the highest-ever score for a cadet – 98.9 percent – in the 18-week class. For his acheivement, he earned the program’s Academic Proficiency Award. He was also presented with awards for the mechanics of arrest and restrain and control proficiency.

The program, based in Vassalboro, includes study and training in areas such as criminal and traffic enforcement, sexual assault, domestic violence, first aid, firearms and crime scene processing.