Brevard County Sheriff Swears In BCSO Director Joe Hellebrand as New President of FBI National Academy Associates

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Hellebrand is a 42-year law enforcement veteran

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Director Joe Hellebrand is the new President of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA). A ceremony took place at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Titusville on Monday.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Yesterday morning, I had the honor of swearing in Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Director Joe Hellebrand as the new President of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) in a ceremony that took place at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Titusville.

The ceremony followed the recent announcement by the Executive Board of FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. naming Director Hellebrand as their associations newest President as succeeds now Past President Kevin Wingerson, the Assistant Chief of Police from the Pasadena Police Department (TX).

Director Hellebrand is a 42-year law enforcement veteran who has served in a variety of positions to include Field Training Officer, Canine Officer, Swat Officer/Team Leader, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Emergency Services Team Commander, Operations Commander, Support Services Commander, Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Police.

Retiring after 30 years of service from the Melbourne Police Department as the Deputy Chief of Police in March of 2009, he became the Chief of Police with the Canaveral Port Authority, creating Florida’s first Seaport Police Department, where he lead the department to accredited status in 2013. Also in 2013, the department was awarded the Florida Police Chief’s Associations’ prestigious “Rocky Pomerance Law Enforcement Excellence Award” for developing and implementing an innovative approach to policing.

In October of 2014, Chief Hellebrand retired from the Port Canaveral Police Department and joined the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to serve as the Director of Animal Services which he has led to amazing success.

Port Canaveral Police Chief Joe Hellebrand shows off a special member of the team, Lilly, an explosive detection canine. (Image by John M. Egan)

Director Hellebrand has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (NA Session 197); the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Executive Institute and has attended over 4000 hours of law enforcement training.

He is an Adjunct Professor for the Florida Institute of Technology and Columbia College, served as an Advisory Board member for Kaplan and Keiser University’s, and is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA). He is a two (2) time President of the Brevard County Chiefs of Police Association, serves as Chairman of the Central Florida Law Enforcement Data Consortium, is a Board Member for the Center for Law Enforcement Technology Training and Research, and served as a Committee Co-Chair for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Regional Domestic Security Task Force.

Director Hellebrand has been serving on the FBINAA National Board for the past seven years and will serve as the Association President until July, 2021.

The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, leadership training, and information to law enforcement executives around the world.

Two residents and four BCSO employees pose after the residents delivered pizza to BCSO Animal Services. From left to right: BCSO’s Hunter Reuter, John Zitnik, Samara Zitnik, BCSO’s Emily Gilbert, Olivia Cirello and Animal Care Center director Jospeh Hellebrand

The Association’s Mission is “Impacting communities by providing and promoting law enforcement leadership through training and networking.” Association members are graduates of the prestigious FBI National Academy Program that has nearly 16,000 members representing all 50 US states and 174 Countries world-wide.

The FBINAA, located in Quantico, VA is the strongest law enforcement leadership network in the world and is a non-political organization that is not affiliated with any special interest group.

Current BCSO FBI National Academy Graduates:

Director Joe Hellebrand 197th Class 1999
Chief Deputy Doug Waller 204th Class 2001
Sheriff Wayne Ivey 237th Class 2009
Commander John Mellick 259th Class 2015
Chief Mike DeMorat 277th Class 2019

Please join me in congratulating Director Hellebrand for this prestigious accomplishment and in thanking him for all he and his team do every day to save the live’s of homeless pets in our community!