Meet Block Island’s newest police officer

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 6:15pm

On Wednesday, April 29, at the Town Council’s telecommunication meeting, New Shoreham Police Chief Vin Carlone announced the hiring of police officer Sarah Goodwin, a native of Rhode Island.

“We have hired a lifelong Rhode Island resident. She’s 26 years old, and she’s in the Army National Guard. She’s very highly regarded in the academy, and I actually had the opportunity to go and watch her physical fitness test. She is very tough and smart… three times state tennis champion in her high school, and as I said, a very highly regarded, good candidate,” said Carlone.

The Block Island Times spoke with Goodwin this week to learn more about her.

Q: Congratulations on your recent hiring as a police officer to Block Island! Can you tell me about yourself, your background and where you are from?

A: I am from Smithfield, Rhode Island. I am 26 years old, and currently in the Army National Guard. I am also getting my Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to work in the law enforcement field, and why?

A: I’ve been trying for [an officer position for] about two years. I have always had an interest, and I’ve been drawn to police work, I suppose. I have also been involved in the Army National Guard for six years since 2014. I met a lot of people and a lot of friends who are police officers.

Q: Can you tell me about your training?

A: In the academy, we are taught officer safety, firearm training, and use of force training but there was a lot of emphasis on officer safety and mental health training — for yourself and other people.

Q: How did you find out about the officer position on Block Island?

A: I honestly just came upon it – it was advertised on the academy website, and I applied for it.

Q: Block Island is a small and close-knit community of year-round and summer residents, a mixed group of individuals. What are your goals and plans in helping to ensure safety in this small community?

A: I would say to interact with the community and local people, and to be approachable if they have any concerns or anything that they would like to talk about. To be a resource for the community – make them feel safe and secure. I want them to be comfortable with speaking with me, to not be afraid.

Q: When do you begin your new position? Has COVID-19 impacted your arrival and start date?

A: I am on the Island. I started on Sunday. It’s really quiet out here… I have been learning about the roads and how to get around. Because of the coronavirus, it did slow down my training a bit. Right now, there has been an emphasis on car stops and pulling people over.

Q: What will be a typical day in your island position, once we return to a ‘normal’ environment from COVID-19?

A: Just being present to the public, and know that there are rules and laws expected to be followed. It’s a small community, and a lot of people do come visit