2010-10-21 / Front Page

Deneault and Hopkins promoted in police department

By Sam Bari

The Jamestown Police Department has promoted two officers to fill vacant positions due to the recent retirement of Lieutenant William Donovan.

Sgt. Angela Deneault was promoted to lieutenant and Officer Jason Hopkins was promoted to sergeant.

Lieutenant Deneault will celebrate her 17th year with the department this coming June. She was promoted to sergeant in 2004 after serving as an officer since 1994.

“I believe in a hands-on approach to police work,” Deneault said. “I will still go on patrol and be involved with the community. I do not view this job as a strictly administrative position. I joined the police force because I enjoy helping people, and that’s what I will continue to do.”

Lieutenant Deneault was born in New Bedford, Mass. and has lived in Rhode Island for 20 years. She graduated from Salve Regina University where she earned an Administration of Justice degree in 1994.

The lieutenant is married, and lives in Tiverton with her husband and two children.

Sgt. Jason Hopkins, 31, has been with the department for more than seven years.

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” Hopkins said.

When he was in high school, Sgt. J. R. Carlow of the Burrillville police department became his mentor, and encouraged him to pursue his life-long dream.

After graduating from Bridgton Academy Prep School, Hopkins attended Johnson and Wales University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Hopkins is a native Rhode Islander who worked his way through school drilling wells, and continued doing so until he had the chance to join the Jamestown Police Department.

“This promotion has given me the opportunity, with help from Chief Tighe, to be in charge of a dive team of underwater crime scene specialists. We specialize in recoveries and investigation to tell if a crime has in fact been committed,” Hopkins said.

“I have to thank the Chief, Sgt. Joel Pinocci, and Sgt. Bill Piva for giving me good training. The department is now experiencing change, and I feel that it is change for the good. My teachers led by example, and that’s what I plan to do as a sergeant,” Hopkins added.

Sgt. Hopkins is married, and lives in Exeter with his wife, Jessica, and 4-year-old son, Jordan.

Additionally, Officer Derek Carlino was appointed to the position of detective to replace Detective Sgt. Frank Watson, who retired.

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