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Officer of the Year 1999
Officer Christopher FerranteOfficer Christopher Ferrante
Officer Ferrante was hired by the department on July 17, 1994, as a patrol officer. On October 25, 1995, Chris was assigned to the Traffic Services (motorcycle) Unit. He quickly distinguished himself as a very competent rider, eventually becoming a motorcycle skills instructor.

Advanced Training
Chris has worked hard to enhance his professional abilities and skills through advanced training. Some of his training includes:
  • Radar Operator
  • Breath Test Operator
  • Instructor Techniques High-Liability Trainer's Conference
  • Police Motorcycle Operator
  • Police Motorcycle Instructor
  • Police Vehicle Driving Instructor
  • Mobile Videotaping Instructor
  • Laser Operator
  • Emergency Response Training
  • Emergency Spanish for Traffic Stops
  • Traffic Homicide Investigations
  • Advanced Traffic Accident Investigations Traffic Accident Reconstruction
  • Narcotics Identification and Investigation
  • Street-Level Drug Enforcement
  • High-Risk Warrants
  • SWAT-1 and SWAT-2
  • Basic Sub-Machine Gun
  • Sniper/SWAT Training
  • Ballistic Shield Training

Nominations & Awards
Chris is a member of the Cocoa Police Department SWAT Team, and assists with the Marine Unit. He has competed in the Florida Law Enforcement Games, winning a gold medal and a silver medal in the motorcycle competition. He was selected as the department's Officer of the Quarter in the second quarter of 1999, and nominated as Safety Employee of the Quarter in the fourth quarter of 1998. He has received eighteen letters of commendation from citizens, and eleven letters of commendation from fellow officers and supervisors.

Please join the members of the Cocoa Police Department in congratulating Officer Christopher Ferrante for being named Officer of the Year for 1999!