ROCKLAND — The city has hired a police officer who is a familiar face.

Officer Jacob Labo in 2016.

Jacob Labo has been hired for a patrol officer position, Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Labo has served as a deputy with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

He also previously served on the Rockland department, having been hired in November 2016.

Labo was born in Bath while his father was stationed at the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Growing up at different military bases around the country, he graduated from high school in Massachusetts, and enlisted in the National Guard. During his time in the National Guard, Labo was deployed to the southwest United States/Mexico border, assisting Border Patrol, and in combat operations in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

The city also is doing the final background checks and other final search procedures for two other candidates to fill vacancies in the patrol ranks, the city manager said. With the hiring of Officer Labo, the city has four patrol officer vacancies to fill.

The City Council approved $150 per week stipends on top of the regular salary for police officers for 2022-2023 as a way to retain and attract new officers.