Satellite Beach Police Swear-In New Officers, Announce Newly Assigned School Resource Officers
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2018
first Satellite Beach Officers to be sworn in after passing of Senate Bill 7026
BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE, FLORIDA – Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeff M. Pearson introduced two new police department employees this week.
Jason Bergeron and Michael Hines became the first Satellite Beach Officers to be sworn in after the passing of Senate Bill 7026.
The bill mandated schools have an armed guard on campus during school hours. Currently, off-duty Satellite Beach Police Officers are fulfilling the mandate by providing security for the two elementary schools.
After Officers Bergeron and Hines complete the Field Training Officer program, they will be assigned to the Patrol Division and one experienced officer will be assigned to each of the elementary schools on a permanent basis.
School Resource Officers (SROs) are sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in the schools.
The Satellite Beach Police Department has had SROs assigned to DeLaura Middle School and Satellite High School for over 25 years.
The newly assigned SROs completed a 40-hour basic SRO training course prior to the beginning of the new school year and will continue to train as required.
• Sergeant Paul Creatura – Satellite High School SRO
• Corporal Gretta Valiente – DeLaura Middle School SRO
• Corporal John Housman – Holland Elementary School SRO (newly assigned)
• Officer Matt Bennett – Surfside Elementary School SRO (newly assigned)
Officer Jason “Jay” Bergeron
Jay was born in Shirley, Massachusetts and honorably served in the United States Marine Corp from 1989 – 1993. He was employed as a Police Officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and later joined the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Fire Department. In addition to his employment with Fitchburg, he was “on-call” with the Town of Ashburnham, Massachusetts Fire Department where he was an EMT/Paramedic.
Officer Bergeron and his family relocated to Brevard County in 2013 where he found employment as a Federal Officer with the United States Air Force.
Officer Bergeron is married with 3 children and 1 grandchild.
Officer Michael Hines
Michael was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and relocated to Brevard County where he graduated from Rockledge High School with Honors.
He attended Eastern Florida State College to be an Emergency Medical Technician and was employed as a Mental Health Tech with Circles of Care. In 2006, he received his Florida law enforcement certification and was employed with the City of Rockledge as a Police Officer.
In 2013, he moved to Indiana where he worked as an investigator for a major Law Firm and as an Asset Protection Associate with a major electronics store. He was also a Part-Time Public Safety Officer at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky answering alarms, and investigating disturbances.
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