Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs Announces Retirement After Serving Nearly 37 Years With MPD

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joined the Melbourne Police Department in 1980

Please welcome Ofcs Brandel & Clifford to the Melbourne PD! They were sworn in today by Chief Mimbs #whyiwearthebadge
Officer Brandel (left), Officer Clifford (center) and Chief Steve Mimbs (right).

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Chief of Police Steve Mimbs has announced he will retire from the Melbourne Police Department during the first quarter of 2017.

The process of recruiting and selecting a new police chief will begin immediately. Chief Mimbs will continue to lead the Melbourne Police Department until a new chief of police is selected and hired.

“For close to 37 years, Steve Mimbs has served the people of Melbourne and has been absolutely dedicated to the Melbourne Police Department,” said City Manager Mike McNees.

Chief Mimbs joined the Melbourne Police Department in 1980. He worked up the ranks in the department, gaining experience in every aspect of police operations, including patrol, SWAT, investigations, internal affairs, support services and communications. He served as a commander in 2001 and as deputy chief in 2004 before becoming chief in 2010.

During his tenure as police chief the rate of crime in the City of Melbourne has dropped significantly. According to the FBI’s most recent compilation of national crime statistics (2015 Crime in the United States, Sept. 2016), crime is at its lowest level in Melbourne since 1985.

Chief Mimbs has worked tirelessly to establish and maintain effective community partnerships with neighborhood associations, community groups and businesses to ensure cooperative and effective relations resulting in goodwill between the Melbourne Police Department and the citizens it serves. He worked with local business leaders to create the Melbourne Police Foundation in 2006.

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Chief Mimbs also recently led the department through the rigorous Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation process.

In February 2016, the commission awarded accreditation to the Melbourne Police Department after certifying the department had met more than 200 standards the commission issues in order to ensure a law enforcement agency is functioning at the highest level.

Mimbs is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a master’s degree in public administration from Barry University.