‘Hitman’ Melbourne Police Officer of the Year

By  //  March 18, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A 19-year Melbourne Police veteran, who was called upon to go undercover as a “hitman,” has been named the department’s 2013 Officer of the Year.

A 19-year Melbourne Police veteran, who was called upon to go undercover as a “hitman,” has been named the department’s 2013 Officer of the Year.

Detective Rondey Anderson, a 19-year Melbourne Police veteran who was called upon to go undercover as a “hitman,” has been named the department’s 2013 Officer of the Year.

In January 2013, the Melbourne Police Criminal Investigations Unit and Special Operations Unit conducted an intense and in-depth “murder for hire” investigation. When the Melbourne Police Department learned that the suspect was looking to hire someone to kill the friend of a family member and dispose of the body, an investigation was immediately launched.

Detective Rondey Anderson was placed in contact with the suspect. Detective Anderson was introduced to the suspect as having the capability to perform the murder and the means to dispose of the body. Detective Anderson met with the suspect numerous times and had telephone contacts with him to gain his confidence and prove he could be trusted to perform the deed. These meetings placed Detective Anderson in dangerous situations.

Detective Rondey Anderson was placed in contact with the suspect. Detective Anderson was introduced to the suspect as having the capability to perform the murder and the means to dispose of the body.

Detective Anderson met with the suspect numerous times and had telephone contacts with him to gain his confidence and prove he could be trusted to perform the deed. These meetings placed Detective Anderson in dangerous situations.

When the intended victim was informed of what was transpiring, he was placed in a confined location appearing to be “missing.” Detective Anderson now notified the suspect that the murder had been carried out. During the last meeting Detective Anderson had with the suspect, he was to be paid the rest of the money owed for the murder.

At that meeting, the suspect was placed into custody. If not for the role performed by Detective Anderson and his quick decision making in his responses to the suspect, the victim’s safety would have remained in peril.

Steve Mimbs

Steve Mimbs

According to Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs, “Detective Anderson’s overall performance is outstanding. The dedication, persistence and commitment demonstrated by Detective Anderson exemplify the distinctive qualities and accomplishments of an outstanding police officer and reflect highly upon the law enforcement profession.”

Detective Anderson will now be an eligible nominee for the 2013 Brevard County Officer of the Year. He was honored at an awards ceremony on Monday along with Melbourne Police Employee of the Year, Jeff Blohm.

BLOHM RECOGNIZED AS MELBOURNE POLICE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Communications Supervisor Blohm received this recognition for his exceptional ability to provide officers with the accurate, timely information they need to safely do their jobs in the field.

In January 2013, Blohm relayed suspect descriptions and important officer safety issues that assisted with the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect that fled the crime scene in a taxi cab.


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