I went from actress to police officer, to police detective, to federal security officer over the course of my career. What astounded me was how often all of the skills I acquired in my early career assisted me in my later career, including actress!
In high school and college I enjoyed acting in all of the stage productions, and after I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, I continued acting for a few years.
I was always creative, and enjoyed art, writing and acting. I had major roles acting in high school, college and community theater, and paid bills for a few years as an extra in many films and television shows.
A Vision of Myself
To Serve and Protect
It was when I was cast in an all female version of “The Odd Couple” as Murray the Cop that I first saw myself in uniform, and the vision of myself as a police officer took root.
I rearranged my life, and joined the Auxiliary Police and became a regular on the force, eventually achieving Auxiliary rank of Lieutenant.
9/11 Terror Attacks
On September 11, 2001, I was activated, then sworn in as a federal officer. I received my orders at a local military base, and reported for duty at Ground Zero in the middle of the devastation of the World Trade Center in NYC.
For the next 23 nights I worked on the Pile, witnessing with the most horrific scenes of destruction and personal grief. My professional, detached demeanor was sorely tested hundreds of times as I helped process the remains of many hundreds of victims of 9/11.
I took every possible precaution against the toxins that engulfed us in Ground Zero, and have outlived many of my peers, although I have not escaped unscathed.
Although much of the work of a patrol officer is fairly routine, I paid attention and broke some major cases in my Suffolk County Police Department precincts.
Serve & Protect
Keeping peace and protecting citizens from one another is a full time pursuit. Officer Goodman saved lives, protected citizens, and was twice named “Cop of the Month” in the Suffolk County Police Department, which has over 2,000 officers.
Caught Bank Robbers
Two men had robbed many Long Island banks, and Officer Goodman gathered clues about their identity and kept an eye out for them, and finally intercepted them as they were on their way to another bank robbery.
A terrorist cell was planning to to murder thousands of Long Island Railroad passengers. Officer Goodman intercepted the attack and arrested the main terrorist, preventing the attack. She was informed by Intelligence that she saved many American lives.
In 2008 I became a police detective and started working on the Narcotics Squad. My acting skills came in very handy as I dressed the part of the strung-out addict looking to make a quick score. We busted many drug dealers who were shocked I wasn’t really a desperate buyer. Take a bow!
I worked in many roles and served in many capacities as a Suffolk County Police Detective. Everything in detective work is a team effort, and I relied on my fellow detectives as they relied on me. Over the years I worked with the officers and detectives in the department, as well as those in other county, state and federal jurisdictions.
Together, we caught many thieves, murderers and other bad guys, getting them off the streets for extended periods of time. I saw a lot of grief and heartbreak both as a police officer and a detective, on both sides of the line—but I saw lot of growth and gratitude as well, and that made it all worth while.