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‘Jaws’ child actor to be police chief on Martha’s Vineyard island

First, he was a prankster in the movie “Jaws.” Now, he’s busting them.

Jonathan Searle, who as a child appeared in Steven Spielberg’s megahit movie about a killer shark, has been selected as the next police chief of Oaks Bluff on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where the movie was shot.

Searle’s appointment to police chief was first reported by The Vineyard Gazette.

“I’m clearly elated and and I’m humbled and honored to have been offered the position,” Searle, a long-serving sergeant for the Edgartown police before his selection as police chief, told the Gazette.

The results of the vote were announced on May 16.

Edgartown Police Department Sgt. Jonathan Searle, center, works a fireworks event in Oak Bluffs, Mass., in 2019. Searle, who acted in the film "Jaws," has been named the police chief of Oak Bluffs where "Jaws" was filmed.
Edgartown Police Sgt. Jonathan Searle, center, works a fireworks event in Oak Bluffs, Mass., in 2019. Searle, who acted in the film “Jaws,” has been named the police chief of Oak Bluffs, where “Jaws” was filmed.Edgartown Police Department

Searle will succeed police chief Erik Blake, who will retire in June, the Gazette reported.

But long before he joined the police force, Searle had a small role in the 1975 Spielberg blockbuster, which was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard.

Searle played a prankster who placed a cardboard fin in the water, scaring beachgoers.

In 2008, while serving on the force, Searle busted a man for doing exactly what his character did in the movie. A man was charged with disorderly conduct for the prank, according to a report from the Gazette.

NBC News has reached out to the Oaks Bluff Police Department and the Edgartown Police Department, requesting comment from Searle.