Rollinson is new chief of Scituate Police Department

Rollinson is new chief of Scituate Police Department

Newly appointed Chief of Police Eric Rollinson, right, and Deputy Chief David Mack stand in the new Scituate Police Station in front of the old station’s painted sign. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – New Scituate Chief of Police Eric Rollinson is no stranger to the force, or Scituate for that matter, after eight years as a patrol officer in town and 20 years on the Foster Police Department.

Rollinson, who lives in Coventry, said with his years of experience in the department, he will focus on leading his officers and transitioning into the new station.

First and foremost, Rollinson said he is dedicated to getting the newly constructed Scituate Police Station complete as quickly and efficiently as possible.

He and newly appointed Deputy Chief David Mack are working in tandem to get everyone into the new station, he said.

“With any new building, there’s going to be bumps and stuff. I know they’re working to get it done so we can take some ownership of the building and pride in this place,” Rollinson said.

Still, there are a couple of hurdles left at the station before receiving a permanent certificate of occupancy. Most importantly, he wants to see a security fence around the side and rear of the building to create a safe zone for officers.

“Safety and security are obviously paramount,” Rollinson said.

Though he understands delays are common in new buildings, after two years working out of trailers, Rollinson said it is time to get situated in the new station. He said the department will be moved out of the Potterville Volunteer Fire Station quickly.

Performing police duty in trailers in one room, where lockup, processing, roll call, and patrol all happened, was difficult and challenging for officers.

“We couldn’t have a conversation without lockup getting involved and putting their two cents in,” he said, laughing.

His second goal for Scituate police is getting Rhode Island state accreditation showing the department is up to standard and the building is operational. Former Chief Donald Delaere worked toward accreditation, Rollinson said.

He added that he and Delaere “go way back” to his time on the Foster Police Department. He said Foster and Scituate police have a longstanding good working relationship built on mutual respect.

Delaere, who retired after 27 years of service on June 27, said Rollinson will do a “wonderful job as chief of police.”

“I wish him all the best,” Rollinson said.

Town Councilor Charles Collins, council liaison to the police, said Mack, who acted as interim chief following Delaere’s retirement, recommended Rollinson with support of the SPD during the July 9 Town Council meeting.

He said it was important to promote from within the department to maintain cohesion and said the appointment serves as motivation for career growth among upcoming officers.

Long before he moved to the Scituate department in December 2011, Rollinson already knew many in the SPD. Leaving Foster as second in command, Rollinson said being chief was his ultimate career goal.

“There are a bunch of great men and women here. I’m very proud to be the chief here. I’m excited and looking forward to getting things going here,” Rollinson said.

Coming from Foster, Rollinson said he understands the small town mentality and loves the close-knit community of Scituate. After almost nine years, he said he is still close to FPD.

“It’s been a pretty easy transition coming from Foster to Scituate,” Rollinson said.

Rollinson added that the 18-member SPD is short a few officers, and will be starting a recruitment drive in the coming weeks.