By MADELINE HUGHES
Sabrina Boutin is the newest officer at Shelburne Police Department. She comes to the department after working for the Whitehall, N.Y. department for three years, and the St. Michael’s Public Safety department for a semester. Now, Boutin wants to be closer to Starksboro where she grew up.
Boutin will fill one of two open positions in the Shelburne Police Department, which is undergoing a personnel shift this month following the retirement of Lt. Allen Fortin in early August.
Boutin can’t pinpoint exactly when she decided to be a police officer. “I know I always wanted to help my community,” she said. Boutin has also worked as a volunteer firefighter and EMS worker. “They aren’t desk jobs, I’ve always wanted something different,” she said.
Police work in popular culture also drew her attention from early on. The 1986 action film “Top Gun” is among Boutin’s favorite movies. “It’s a classic,” she said.
It was Lt. Josh Flore’s choice to hire Boutin. “She was the best person for the job,” Flore said. “She is gonna fit in great with the guys we already have here.”
Boutin is currently the only woman on the Shelburne Police force, although there have been other women on the force before, according to Cprl. Jon Marcoux. Boutin is a certified instructor of Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) courses and she hopes to continue teaching those classes in her new position in Shelburne.