New Officers Sworn into East Greenwich Police Force

EAST GREENWICH TWP. – Kevin Tunstall, Jr. and Zackary Keane were sworn in as special law enforcement officers (SLEO), class I, to the East Greenwich Police Department during the East Greenwich Township’s Sept. 13 municipal meeting.

“You’re here based on the support of your friends and family, and, obviously, the hard work that got you where you are,” Deputy Mayor James R. Philbin Jr. said to the new officers. “You’re going to learn an awful lot and whatever education experience you get is going to carry you. You know, the best thing I can explain to you is law enforcement is family.”

Special enforcement officers, class 1, are part-time officers given various responsibilities that, according to the job listing shared by East Greenwich, are meant to help uphold the department as an effective, professional, and respected law enforcement agency. In joining as SLEO members of the East Greenwich Police Department, Tunstall and Keane join a long-standing law enforcement tradition dating back to 1965.

“[They are] protecting and serving us on a daily basis,” Mayor Dale Archer said. “And I know it sounds kind of cliche, but, you know, I’ve had a lot of experience, 11 years as Mayor, and I feel very comfortable and safe to do that.”

Following the new officers’ induction, East Greenwich approved various resolutions, such as the refund of tax overpayments, adjustments to property taxes and a lien, and a raffle license approval for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to commence on Oct. 7, 2022. The township also approved the retirement of public works laborer Mark Mihlebach, Sr., which will go into effect Nov. 30, 2022.

“Mark has been with us for a long time. The best way I can describe, he’s a good man and he really works hard,” Archer said. “Mark is a very hardworking, very diligent worker that really cares about what he does, our public works is incredible. Such a phenomenal job.”

By Berry Andres

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