Oak Bluffs police department adds an officer

Chief Eric Blake (left) with new officer Michael Cotrone. — Photo courtesy Oak Bluffs Police

Michael Cotrone became the newest Oak Bluffs police officer on February 12, when he was sworn in at a ceremony at department headquarters. Officer Cotrone brings considerable law enforcement experience to the department, where he served as a seasonal officer this past summer. Officer Cotrone is a captain in the U.S. Army military police, and he served two tours of duty in Iraq, where he was awarded the bronze star. Mr. Cotrone still serves in the U.S. Army reserves, and he teaches at the Boston College ROTC program.

On February 7, Mr. Cotrone graduated from Plymouth Police Academy, where he was voted class president. He also received the “Top Gun” award for earning the highest scores during firearms training.

“Officer Cotrone had the best oral board assessment score in the history of the department,” said Chief Erik Blake when he introduced Officer Cotrone to the selectmen at their February 12 meeting. “He was the best chief’s interview I’ve ever had. He knocked it out of the park.”

Mr. Cotrone is a native of Suffield, Connecticut.  He graduated from Westfield State College in 2005, with a degree in criminal justice, and he earned a master’s degree in security management at Webster University in St. Louis. He was recently engaged to Becky Bristol of Concord.