VIDEO: Three New Palm Bay Officers Accept Oath of Office
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // March 19, 2015
Carlos Valentin, Michael Floyd, Thomas Trotter
ABOVE VIDEO: Three new police officers joined the ranks of the Palm Bay Police Department Tuesday. Chief Mark Renkens administered the Oath of Office before a crowd of family, friends, supporters and police command staff. The new officers will spend the next several weeks with a Field Training Officer (FTO) before being cleared to full patrol duties.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Three new police officers joined the ranks of the Palm Bay Police Department Tuesday.
The new officers will spend the next several weeks with a Field Training Officer (FTO) before being cleared to full patrol duties.
It is the second round of new hires this year as the agency continues to recruit and fill vacancies left by retirements and other attrition.
“We welcome the new officers to the agency and wish them success,” said Chief Mark Renkens.
“These are challenging times to be a police officer and we are continuing to search for the best, most talented and dedicated individuals to join our team.”
The following officers accepted the Oath of Office on Tuesday:
• Carlos Valentin, Hackensack, New Jersey.Valentin graduated in November 2013 from the Criminal Justice Academy in Osceola County.
• Michael Floyd, Coral Springs, Florida. Floyd is an Eastern Florida State College graduate.
• Thomas Trotter, New Jersey. Trotter is a Marine Corps veteran, 2003-2012.
The Palm Bay Police Department is the second-largest municipal law enforcement agency in Brevard County with 160 sworn positions budgeted for 2015.
Eight new officers have been hired since January.
Additional testing dates will be announced throughout the year on the city’s website at Palmbayflorida.org