FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Sept. 17, 2006) – Darrell L.Wetherbee, a former police officer from New Gloucester, Maine, waskilled by sniper fire in Iraq on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006. Mr.Wetherbee, 46, was working as an international police liaisonofficer (IPLO) with DynCorp International.
The shooting occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. local timeoutside the police station in the city of Hawijah, near Tikrit.
Darrell Wetherbee was assigned to the Civilian Police AdvisoryTraining Team (CPATT), the component of the U.S. militaryMultinational Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I)responsible for the U.S.-led effort to train and equip the135,000-member Iraqi police service. DynCorp International isresponsible for recruiting, training, equipping, and supporting the700-member U.S. contingent of trainers through a contract with theU.S. Department of State.
Mr. Wetherbee had been deployed in Iraq since June 1. He hadparticipated in two previous civilian police missions with DynCorpInternational, serving with the International Police Mission inKosovo from 1999-2000 and 2001-2003.
Before his deployment to Iraq, Mr. Wetherbee was employed withthe State of Maine Judicial Branch. He began his law enforcementcareer in 1991 with the Freeport (Maine) Police Department, wherehis assignments included patrol, narcotics, and criminalinvestigations. A certified police instructor, Mr. Wetherbee alsosupervised, trained, and evaluated new recruits for the FreeportPolice Department. He held additional certifications in trafficaccident investigation, interview and interrogation, corrections,police photography, and court security. He served in the U. S.Marine Corps from 1978 to 1986.
DynCorp International President and CEO Herbert J. Lanese said,”Darrell Wetherbee was a dedicated and courageous man who made areal difference in the world, and we are honored that he chose towork with us. Our deepest sympathies go to his family andfriends.”
About DynCorp International
DynCorp International is a professional services andproject-management company serving civilian and military governmentagencies and commercial clients worldwide. Headquartered in FallsChurch, Virginia, it has some14,000 employees in more than 30countries. It had revenues of nearly $2 billion in fiscal year2006, which ended March 31.