By Sue Ellen Woodcock
Revere Police Department’s loss is the Winthrop Police Department’s gain.
Revere Lt. Det. John Goodwin will become Winthrop’s first deputy chief in the department when he begins his new job on April 12.
Goodwin, 55, was just beginning his 23rd year in the Revere Police Department when the job in Winthrop came up.
“I thought it was a great opportunity but it was also a difficult decision,” Goodwin said.
With the Revere Police Department Goodwin worked with Winthrop officers on many joint investigations and trained many times together.
Goodwin was one of three considered for the position. All candidates went through an assessment center which gave them challenges like they would have while on the job. At the end each candidate was allowed to go over everything with the assessment team so they could also learn from the experience.
Goodwin’s strongest point in the assessment center was his community engagement and looking forward into 21st century policing.
In Winthrop, Goodwin will be number two in command working on daily operations, case management and personnel matters. He will be earning $126,000 annually in his new position.
While in the Revere Police Department Goodwin had the number three spot in the department. Goodwin became a patrol officer at the age of 33 in April of 1995 after working for years as a contractor. Over the years he served in records and traffic department, the patrol lieutenant and night shift supervisor. One of his greatest accomplishments in the department was to introduce data driven analysis when it comes to solving crimes.
His duties over the years included overseeing major crimes, domestic violence, drugs and the evidence room. He also worked on obtaining grants to combat gangs and shoplifting crimes.
Goodwin, a graduate of Northeast Vocational High School and Salem State University where he studied criminal justice. He and his wife Sharon, a nurse, have three children.