Blog | June 18, 2018

Member Spotlight: Gardiner Chief of Police Jim Toman

Celebrating 15 years of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids membership and community leadership

Gardiner Chief of Police Jim Toman has been a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids since 2003 and is a valued community leader in Maine. Like many members, Chief Toman understands the importance of early investments to get kids on the right track and steer them away from a life of future crime.

Chief Toman and Rep. Grant read to students at the Gardiner Early Learning Center.

In Fall 2016, Chief Toman joined State Rep. Gay Grant at the Gardiner Early Learning Center to see the results of high-quality early childhood education firsthand. Chief Toman enjoyed meeting the children and decided to join them for recess! Since the Chief’s visit, the Center has gotten a weekly visit from an officer of the Gardiner Police Department to join the students in whatever activity is taking place. These visits are building positive relationships with the police department and future leaders of the Gardiner community.

Chief Toman and Rep. Grant read “Police Officers on Patrol” to students at the Gardiner Early Learning Center.

#WithoutEarlyEd, children will have a harder time as an adult!

Chief Jim Toman of the Gardiner Police Department says that without early ed, “Children will have a harder time as an adult.”

Chief Toman also speaks up for Maine’s children outside the classroom, in Augusta. Chief Toman represents the Maine Chiefs of Police Association on the Right From the Start Coalition, which works to ensure that all children in Maine have access to high-quality programs to give them the right start in life.

  • Cumberland Chief Rumsey and Gardiner Chief Toman stopped by to speak with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids staff at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia last year.

    Cumberland Chief Rumsey and Gardiner Chief Toman stopped by to speak with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids staff at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia last year.

  • Gardiner Chief Toman visited River View Community School to congratulate three students who had been named “Good Citizens of the Week.”

    Gardiner Chief Toman visited River View Community School to congratulate three students who had been named “Good Citizens of the Week.”

  • Gardiner Chief of Police Jim Toman enjoying turns on the slide at recess with a young boy at the Gardiner Early Learning Center.

    Gardiner Chief of Police Jim Toman enjoying turns on the slide at recess with a young boy at the Gardiner Early Learning Center.

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