James Bishop was officially sworn in as a full-time officer at a small ceremony Wednesday at the Oak Bluffs Police Station.
Bishop is a homegrown Islander, born and raised in Edgartown. He graduated from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in June 2007. He went on to earn a bachelors of science degree in environmental protection and marine safety from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Between semesters at college, Bishop worked summers as a traffic officer with the Edgartown Police Department, where he was eventually appointed as a special police officer in 2016. In 2017, he joined the Oak Bluffs Police Department, where he has worked as a special police officer until his full-time appointment.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Bishop was joined by his brother, Edgartown Officer William Bishop, and his mother, Donna, who pinned on his new badge.