Officer Derek Back begins patrolling Oak Bluffs

Newly minted Oak Bluffs police officer Derek Back with his mom Karen Back and sister Erica Back, at his swearing in ceremony on December 20. — Photo courtesy of Oak Bluffs Police

Derek Back joined the Oak Bluffs police department December 20 as the newest officer on the force.

Mr. Back, a graduate of Bridgewater State College and the Plymouth Regional Police Academy, served as a special officer in Oak Bluffs since April. He has also worked as a special officer in Tisbury.

“Officer Back has proven to be a dedicated law enforcement professional, who has made quick study of this community and the department,” chief Erik Blake wrote in a letter to the board of selectmen.

“He embraces knowledge of modern policing methods as well as understands my vision of community policing.”

Officer Back fills a position left vacant when Sgt. George Fisher retired in June.