Show Notes

Air Date: 9/26/2023

Encore Episode 36: Lieutenant Tim Cotton, Bangor Police Department

At last! A new episode with Tim Cotton is here! To wrap up our fifth anniversary celebration, we are proud to launch this new episode with the PR Maven® Podcast guest with the most popular episodes of all time. In this episode, Nancy catches up with Tim Cotton. Since his last episode, Tim has retired from the Bangor Police Department, but still manages their Facebook page, as well as his own. He has also published three books and is working on a fourth. Listen to Nancy and Tim’s conversation.  

3:05 – Tim explains how his career came about by mistake.  

10:08 – Tim talks about the discipline to write.  

15:17 –Tim gives an update on the Duck of Justice (DOJ) and how people have come from all over the world to see this dead duck. 

22:42 – Tim shares how he has grown his personal brand.  

30:48 – Tim describes the themes and messages he keeps throughout his writing.  

35:10 – Tim lists some resources that have been helpful to him.  



“When you do put information on there that needs to be disseminated to the public, if you have things bookending it, interesting things that people come to read, they’re going to find that. They’re not going to know about the cones on Court Street if they don’t read it all the time. That was my theory. If they come to read humorous things that really have nothing to do with direct law enforcement, it will bring them here when we need to spread information.” – Tim Cotton 



Washington Post “This may be the only police department in America with a funny Facebook page” 

Duck of Justice Website

“The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker

“Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose  

“Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey  

“One Morning in Maine” 

“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown


Tim’s Books: 

“The Detective in the Dooryard”  

“Got Warrants?”

“Dawn in the Dooryard” 


Listen to the other episodes in the series: 

Encore Episode 36: Lieutenant Tim Cotton, Bangor Police Department 

Encore Episode 60: One-year Anniversary Party with Tim Cotton 


About the guest:     

Tim Cotton is a retired 34-year-cop, writer, former podcaster, author of three books, current social media manager of the Bangor Maine Police Facebook page and his own Facebook page. He has a website and provides a weekly blog to 20,000 subscribers. He is working on his fourth book, a fiction novel, under contract with Downeast Books, a Maine publisher. 


Looking to connect: 


X: @timcottonwrites 

Instagram: @timcottonwrites