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Boy From ‘Jaws’ Becomes Police Chief In Town Where Movie Was Filmed

Oak Bluffs, MA – A child-star who appeared in the legendary blockbuster film, “Jaws” has been chosen as the chief of police in the town where the classic movie was filmed.

Jonathan Searle and his real-life older brother played the roles of two boys who caused mass chaos at the beach when they swam out into the ocean with a cardboard fin as prank, according to the New York Post.

“He made me do it!” Searle said in the film, pointing frantically at his older brother as a swarm of armed officials peered down on the brothers from boats.

The town where the shark-attack flick was set went by the fictional name of Amity, but was actually Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard.

The brothers grew up in the area.

After appearing in the movie, Searle, now 56, ended up going into law enforcement instead of pursuing an acting career, WHDH reported.

He joined the Edgartown Police Department (EPD) in 1986, rising through the ranks at the same agency where his father formerly served as chief for 14 years, according to the Vineyard Gazette.

He ultimately became an EPD sergeant and has been credited for his wide-ranging work in the community, to include the establishment of a chemical dependency treatment program that utilizes law enforcement officers and recovery coaches to help residents struggling with addiction.

The Oak Bluffs select board voted 3-1 on Monday to name Sgt. Searle as the town’s new police chief, The Martha’s Vineyard Times reported.

“It’s something I’ve been working toward my whole career,” he told the Vineyard Gazette. “I’m clearly elated and I’m humbled and honored to have been offered the position.”

Sgt. Seale said he recognizes the humor associated with him becoming chief of police in the same town where he played the role of a prankster in one of the biggest movies of all time.

“I’m finding the whole thing quite funny myself,” he told the New York Post.

EPD Chief Bruce McNAmee said he is happy for the town of Oak Bluffs, but that Edgartown will miss the longtime police sergeant.

“I know he’s going to serve the community of Oak Bluffs as well as he’s served the community of Edgartown,” Chief McNamee told the Vineyard Gazette.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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