Enfield makes history with two new police captains
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Jun. 16, 2011
For the first time in its history, the Enfield Police Department swore in two captains of police on Friday, June 10. Lieutenants Jeffrey Golden and Fred Hall were each promoted to captain and began their new duties the following Sunday.
“It’s been very busy so far,” said Golden, four days after assuming his new position. Working for the police department came as somewhat of a pleasant surprise to Golden, who started college with thoughts of becoming an architect. After taking an introductory course to criminal justice, he instantly knew to switch directions.
“That course was almost second nature to me,” he said. “I was in class, and I didn’t mind studying, I didn’t mind reading, I didn’t mind going to class.”
Fourteen years after joining the police department, Golden maintains he was in the right place at the right time, with the right opportunity in front of him to become a captain.
“I’ve been very lucky to move quickly,” he said. “A lot of it has been luck, but with any promotion there are sacrifices. The biggest sacrifice is when you’re not there for family events.”
With the promotion of two captains, the police department is trying something new. Golden and Hall will divide the position into two main roles: a field services captain and an administrative captain. After a period of time, they will switch roles and continue to rotate, based on the needs of the force.
“The intent and hope is to be further involved, rather than being overwhelmed,” Golden said.
Chief of Police Carl Sferrazza said both men share the most important quality in leadership, which is never thinking you are more important than the people you lead and serve.
Both Golden and Hall have dedicated their entire careers to serving Enfield, and their passion for its people is evident. Hall, whose parents immigrated to Enfield from Guam, thinks of it as a “Norman Rockwell kind of town” with impassioned community members who take part in local events.
At Friday’s ceremony, he credited his work ethic to something he learned from his training officer, Dennis Beaudet. Hall said he learned to do his job no matter what, but to always do it with a smile. He promised to maintain that principle in his new role.