VIDEO: Cocoa Police Department Swears In Two New Police Officers At Cocoa City Hall

By  //  July 5, 2016

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ABOVE VIDEO: Chief Mike Cantaloupe swore in two new police officers today in a brief ceremony inside the council chambers at Cocoa City Hall.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Chief Mike Cantaloupe swore in two new police officers today in a brief ceremony inside the council chambers at Cocoa City Hall.

Officer Luis Hernandez-Martin and Officer Dustyn Almestica both accepted the Oath of Office in front of department personnel, council members and family. They will begin their duties with the Field Training program designed to introduce the officers to the agency and its policies and procedures.

The Field Training program will last approximately three months before the officers are cleared for solo patrol duties.

Officer Luis Hernandez-Martin, 27, is a native of Cuba. In 2001, his mother won the Cuban lotto which allowed her to legally pursue citizenship in the United States. Hernandez was 11-years-old when he came to Florida with his mother and stepfather.

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In 2012, he graduated from the Brevard Community College Criminal Justice Academy (now Eastern Florida State College) and joined the Melbourne Police Department where he worked as an officer for four and a half years.

Officer Dustyn Almestica, 22, is from Kissimmee and graduated the Criminal Justice Institute at Valencia College in 2014. Almestica says his father inspired to become a law enforcement officer. His father is a retired police officer from the New York Police Department. Almestica says he sought to join the Cocoa Police Department mainly because of the agency’s community oriented policing philosophy.

The Cocoa Police Department continues to hire and recruit new police officers to fill current vacancies and anticipated future vacancies.

To apply or to learn more go to: https://www.governmentjobs.com/…/jobs/1471690/police-officer

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Officer Luis Hernandez-Martin (left) and Officer Dustyn Almestica (right) both accepted the Oath of Office in front of department personnel, council members and family. They will begin their duties with the Field Training program designed to introduce the officers to the agency and its policies and procedures.


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