Melbourne Police Welcomes Three Recent Police Academy Graduates to Department

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Newest recruits include Officer Richard Kelley, Officer Nicholas Harris and Officer Amanda Lopez

The Melbourne Police department congratulated its newest recruits, Officer Richard Kelley, Officer Nicholas Harris and Officer Amanda Lopez, as they graduated from the Eastern Florida State College police academy. (MPD image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police department congratulated its newest recruits, Officer Richard Kelley, Officer Nicholas Harris and Officer Amanda Lopez, as they graduated from the Eastern Florida State College police academy.

The Law Enforcement Academy at Eastern Florida State College partners with the Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center to select students for Academy classes.

The BPTC performs all screening and testing verification because Academy applicants must first take the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test, a requirement of the State of Florida to enter any law enforcement academy.

During the screening, applicants must also pass the Physical Abilities Test (review the PAT information in the box on this page).

Eastern Florida State College offers the Law Enforcement Academy full-time during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, at select times throughout the year, with the Academy lasting approximately 22 weeks.

Evening, part-time, and auxiliary officer Academy classes are created as the need warrants and last about eight months.

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