Oak Bluffs police department promotes three, welcomes new officer

Sgt. Curelli, Det. Morse, Det. LaBell,and Officer Marathas — Photo courtesy of the OB Police

In a ceremony at the Oak Bluffs library on June 26, Oak Bluffs police detective Nicholas Curelli was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Jason Marathas was sworn in as the department’s newest officer. Sergeant Curelli has been an Oak Bluffs police officer since 1999 and a detective since 2004.

“He’s the best detective on Martha’s Vineyard,” Chief Erik Blake said, when selectmen unanimously approved his promotion at their June 24 meeting. “The rank of sergeant is the hardest promotion to attain. An outside company said he received some of the highest scores they have ever given.”

Sergeant Curelli is an Oak Bluffs native and a graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He has a B.A. degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Western New England College. He lives in Oak Bluffs with his wife, Nicole, and their daughters, Madison and Adriana.

Officer Marathas is a seven-year veteran of the Tisbury police department. He received the Red Cross Professional Hero Award this year for jumping into Oak Bluffs harbor to help rescue a man who had fallen into the water and was struggling in the darkness to stay afloat.
Also at the ceremony, veteran officers James Morse and Jeffrey LaBell were sworn in as the department’s newest detectives.

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