The West Tisbury police department has named Sgt. Matthew Gebo as the 2019 police officer of the year.

Sergeant Gebo joined the department in 2009 and was promoted to sergeant in 2018. During his time with the department, he has served as the detective and currently supervises all investigations. He is also a certified mental health first aid instructor and crisis intervention team member.

“Over the past year Sergeant Gebo has been instrumental in creating the departments wellness program and attended training involving mental health related subjects,” West Tisbury police Chief Matthew Mincone said in an announcement.

Sergeant Gebo is also active in the community. He coaches the West Tisbury School boys’ basketball team, and assists with the high school baseball program. He is a certified Crossfit instructor and an avid golfer.

“Matt is a respected member of the department and consistent advocate for community policing. He understands the importance that relationships are the foundation to leadership,” Chief Mincone saud. “I’m pleased to recognize him as our 2019 officer of the year.”

This is the second year West Tisbury has selected an officer of the year. Last year, Officer Bradley Cortez received the honor.