Updated July 12
There are two new faces at the Edgartown Police Department. Tyler Moreis and Michael O’Rourke are joining the town as full-time police officers.
A small swearing-in ceremony was held outside Thursday afternoon for the two new officers. They were joined by family, friends, fellow officers, the Edgartown select board, and town administrator James Hagerty.
Moreis was born and raised on the Island, and was previously a reserve police officer with the Aquinnah Police Department and a Wamapanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) tribal ranger. He has graduated from both the Rural Police Officer Training Program and the Massachusetts Police Training Council’s Full-Time Police Officer Academy. Moreis is working on obtaining a bachelor of arts degree from UMass Dartmouth.
O’Rourke previously worked with the Tisbury Police Department. He is a graduate of both Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Worcester police academy. He earned a degree in criminal justice from Curry College.
Both Moreis and O’Rourke have served as special officers and completed the town’s field training officer (FTO) program, which further proved they would be excellent additions to Edgartown, according to Police Chief Bruce McNamee. Their lifelong connections to the Island were pluses too.
McNamee said he was happy to have the two men join the force. “They’re both class acts,” McNamee said. “Both are native Islanders, and have been great fits.”
Updated to correct the academy attended by O’Rourke.