2011-02-03 / News

Town welcomes two newest island police officers

By Sam Bari

Steve Head Steve Head Steve Head, 42, has joined the Jamestown Police Department after serving 17 years as a police officer in Newport.

Head grew up in Jamestown on Sail Street. His father served on the Town Council. Head graduated from North Kingstown High School in 1986.

When he applied at the Jamestown Police Department in 1992 after studying physical education at the University of Rhode Island for four years, Jamestown didn’t have any positions available. He applied in Newport, and served on the police force after graduating from the R.I. Police Academy in Lincoln.

Head continued to live in Jamestown while he worked in Newport. He presently lives in North Kingstown and rents out his Jamestown house.

He always wanted to work in Jamestown, because he thought he could be effective at home. His friend, Jamestown Police Lt. Angela Denault, learned that he was interested in making a change and called him when there was an opening.

Ron Jacobson Ron Jacobson “I’m glad I was offered the opportunity to finish my career here,” Head said. “I think it’s a good fit. I know and understand the people and the town, having lived here all my life.

“I like working with people,” he added. “I am here to serve the community. I believe that a good policeman’s top priority should be keeping the peace. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. I am not a judge. I want people to be glad to see me when we come in contact. That’s the best part of the job — helping people when they need it.”

Steve is single and has a younger brother, Jason, who has been a police officer in Newport for eight years. He also has an older brother, Alton, who is an MRI technician.

Head said that he likes to stay active in sports when he is off duty. He looks forward to baseball season so he can get out and play.

Also joining the department is Ron Jacobson, 40, who went to work for Jamestown after graduating from the R.I. Police Academy in Lincoln in June of 2009. It was the beginning of a second career. “I worked in the automotive industry for nearly two decades,” Jacobson said. “But I always wanted to be a policeman. It was a lifelong dream. So I figured I better pursue my goal before it was too late.”

Jacobson attended the Community College of Rhode Island where he earned an associate degree in law enforcement. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA in May 2008.

“I’ve always had an interest in being involved with the community,” Jacobson said. “I’ve been a softball coach and a Cub Scout leader for years.”

“The idea of helping people has always appealed to me,” Jacobson added. “I’m older than most policemen when they start their careers. But I think that’s a good thing. My life experience is working well for me.

“I’ve seen a lot, and I have compassion for people. I think everyone is fundamentally good. Some just need a chance. If I can help just one person turn their life around and put them on a good path, then my efforts were worthwhile.”

Jacobson was born in Warwick and he grew up in Coventry. He lives in West Greenwich with his wife, Becky, and their four children: Kalyn, 16, Carissa, 14, Andrew, 11, and Austin, 9.

When he isn’t on duty, Jacobson likes to hunt, work out, and spend time with his family.

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