Melbourne Police Department Swears-In 9 New Officers, Promotes 7 During Ceremony at Eau Gallie Civic Center
By Space Coast Daily // September 2, 2023
Melbourne Police Department committed to hiring only the best
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police Department recently held a Swearing-In and Promotion Ceremony at the Eau Gallie Civic Center.
MPD welcomed nine new Officers to its family, including Officer Yennis Diaz, Officer Brittany Brown, Officer Derick Espinoza, Officer Avery Forish, Officer Martyn Jones,
Officer Titus McIntosh, Officer Vincent Schaad, Officer Brett Stake and Officer Daniel Zwolensky.
Congratulations is also in order to MPD’s newly promoted members, including Commander Scott Mostert, Lieutenant Benjamin Delaney, Lieutenant Ian Mitchell,
Sergeant David Helms, Sergeant Garry Hibbs, Sergeant Nicole Ishikawa and Sergeant Amy Perez.
The Melbourne Police Department is committed to hiring only the best and are actively seeking individuals who want a challenging career in a professional environment. For information, contact MPD’s Recruitment Officer at 321-608-6321 or e-mail Recruiter@mlbfl.org for more information.
Veterans Preference Organization
The Department is an “Approved for Veteran’s Training” agency. This means that probationary police officers who are qualifying veterans and were Florida LEO certified after January 11, 2007, may be eligible for additional monthly benefits. The “Montgomery GI Bill” supports this on-the-job training benefit. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 888-442-4551.
Police Officer Trainee (Sponsorship)
The Melbourne Police Department offers sponsorships for the police academy. This means having your police academy paid for, receiving $18.83 an hour, obtaining City of Melbourne benefits, and receiving a $2,500 signing bonus upon completion of the academy.
The Melbourne Police Department offers a salary competitive with other local law enforcement agencies. The current starting salary for Patrol Officers is $48,214.40 with signing bonus of $10,000 for officers who are already certified. The city also provides a 4% night shift differential pay, as well as incentive pay for specialty teams.
Maximum salary for a police officer is a maximum of $71,302. Certified law enforcement officers from any state may be eligible for a higher starting pay based on your level of experience. Qualified candidates may be eligible for a hiring incentive bonus to help with relocation to Brevard County. For details, please call our Recruitment Officer at 321-608-6321 or email Recruiter@mlbfl.org.
The Department provides several lateral transfer opportunities within in the agency. These include:
■ School Resource Officer
■ Community Resource Officer
■ Tactical Team
■ Special Operations Unit, and
■ Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Other ancillary functions are also available, such as:
■ Dive Rescue Team,
■ Crisis Negotiation Unit, and
■ Honor Guard.
■ A pension fund that allows officers to retire at 75% of their salary after completing 25 years of service. An additional benefit is a five year DROP program.
■ A pre-tax Deferred Compensation program to assist you in saving and planning for retirement.
■ Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans.
■ A tuition reimbursement plan for continuing college education.
■ 9 Paid Holidays
■ Vacation Accrual beginning at 104 hours and up to 200 hours annually
■ 96 hours paid annual sick leave
■ Optional dental insurance plan
■ Up to 120 hours per year of comp time accrual
■ Take-Home Cars
■ Department-Issued Weapons
■ Body-Worn Cameras