Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld Recognizes Hard-Working Beach Rangers

By  //  September 18, 2016

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(L-R) Charles Zook, Richard Hester, Supervisor Rick Goding, Chief Scott Rosenfeld, Paul Houpt, John Buwa, and David Haas at the beach end of Minutemen Cswy. on Sep 4, 2016. (Not shown- Ranger Duawn Whitley)

COCOA BEACH RANGERS: Left to right –  Charles Zook, Richard Hester, Supervisor Rick Goding, Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld, Paul Houpt, John Buwa, and David Haas. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – As our peak season comes to a close, it’s only fitting to spotlight our hard-working Beach Rangers.

The Beach Ranger program was implemented in the spring of 2012 in an effort to assist the Police Department with order maintenance on the beach during Spring Break and the summer months.

The Beach Rangers’ primary responsibilities are to patrol the beach, identify violations of City Ordinance and pursue compliance.

While on patrol, the Beach Rangers also notify officers of suspicious behavior, reunite lost children with their guardians, provide first aid, discard litter, fill large holes in the sand, and perform a variety of other duties.

In 2015, a Beach Ranger was even awarded for his involvement in a life-saving water rescue when he noticed a distressed swimmer and quickly summoned first responders.

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This past summer, the Beach Rangers were trained in traffic control and directed to check beach-end streets and hotel lots for criminal activity. By month’s end, the unit will add a new Code Enforcement component as we continue to provide services throughout the off-season.

The contributions of our Beach Rangers ultimately allow for the availability of more officers on patrol. They are valuable members of our team, dedicated to the reduction of crime and improving our quality of life in Cocoa Beach.

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