The Office of the Sheriff has as its head, Michael A. McCormack, Sheriff and the County’s chief law enforcement officer. Sheriff McCormack is in command of the Dukes County Jail & House of Correction, the Communication Center, the Drug Information Bureau, the Intermittent Police Officer Academy, the Beach and Boat Patrol, Transportation of Prisoners, Community Corrections, and Civil Process.
Employees, under the Office of the Sheriff, perform a variety of functions. Some of these include involvement in the Drug Task Force, the Honor Guard, the service of civil process, the Department of Public Works Anti-Litter Program, and community service details. Deputy Sheriffs also participate in their association, The Dukes County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, which raises considerable amounts of money each year for donations to numerous island youth programs.
Sheriff McCormack is proud to announce the continuation of the Triad program throughout Martha's Vineyard, where he enjoys working with senior citizens, law enforcement agencies, and community service providers. Together, they attend monthly meetings at the Tisbury Senior Center to address the public safety concerns of senior citizens.
Sheriff McCormack has entered into partnerships with other agencies with the intention of reaching four new goals. The first of these is the establishment of the universal telephone number, 3-1-1. It will be used when there is “urgency, but no emergency”. The phone line will be connected to non-emergency police lines, thereby removing the burden from emergency 9-1-1 lines.
The second goal is the erection of a new public safety communication tower in order to enhance the delivery of emergency services to up-island towns. The Sheriff, together with the Town of Chilmark, the United States Coast Guard, and Nstar Electric Co., have initiated the process for the erection of this tower on Peaked Hill in Chilmark.
Thirdly, the Sheriff, together with the Martha’s Vineyard Chiefs of Police and the State Police, applied for and received a grant to institute a Records Management System and Computer Aided Dispatching (RMS/CAD). This system will allow local law enforcement agencies the capability of centralizing their records and sharing information, and increasing public safety through computer aided dispatching.
The fourth goal has been to construct the DARE Operations Challenge Ropes Course. Sheriff McCormack, along with Michael Mather from the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs, Joseph Carter, Chief of the Oak Bluffs Police Department, and Carol Borer, County Manager, have been collaborating to obtain funds and provide land to build an adventure based challenge course for elementary and junior high students. The challenges of this course will bring together students, parents, teachers, and law enforcement agencies in an effort to build self-esteem, build self-confidence and deter substance use and violence.
Sheriff McCormack continues pursuing the goal set forth by the Citizen’s Jail Task Force to construct a new correctional facility.