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The Cocoa Police Department's Official Community Newsletter. For comments or suggestions, please contact:

Yvonne Martinez, Public Information Officer

321-637-6309

ymartinez@cocoapolice.com


May 2021

A Message from Chief Collier

Photo of Evander Collier IV, Chief of PoliceI have spent my entire law enforcement career of more than 31-years preparing for this season. I am thrilled to be here. I want to thank God first for allowing me to have this great opportunity. After serving in many leadership capacities with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, I can say my goal was to one day lead an agency like the City of Cocoa Police Department.  My philosophy is that we will work with integrity, transparency and accountability. 

 We have a very young police department with a serious need for mentoring. I want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to grow and be successful.  We will recruit personnel that will be reflective of the community we serve.  It is very important that the police department focus on positive non-police enforcement interactions with the public.  I believe if we get more officers just making contacts like this, our community relationships can only improve.  You’re going to see myself and members of my command staff knocking on your door, introducing ourselves, finding out what issues you have and we will act on them.  We will simply engage our residents, educate them about police and crime trends to make sure they stay safe. 

 I’ve had so many positive and engaging conversations with so many people, including law enforcement leaders in and around Brevard County. I am thankful for everyone who has helped make this a smooth transition.  I’m excited, and very much looking forward to working with everyone, including every member of this community to implement comprehensive crime fighting strategies for the safety of all residents in the City of Cocoa. 

 

Public Swearing In Ceremony

Photo of Chief Collier as he takes the oath of office.A public swearing in ceremony for Cocoa's new chief of police was held on May 12th in the Cocoa City Council Chambers. Evander Collier IV, accepted the oath of office in front of his family, friends and a room full of supporters, citizens and staff.  

Chief Collier is originally from Jacksonville, the largest city in the State of Florida.  He spent more than 30-years serving with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office where he worked his way through the ranks to become one of the agency’s top leaders.  Throughout his law enforcement career, he has demonstrated success building and sustaining strong community, strategic partnerships, and stakeholder relationships and is known for his collaborative “lead from the front” approach in driving reductions in crime and improving productivity of all areas under his leadership. Chief Collier is recognized for his comprehensive and strategic crime fighting approach that delivered notable results, such as a 50% reduction in the city of Jacksonville’s homicides and a 30-40% reduction in violent crime for 4 consecutive years.  

Chief Collier holds a Master of Arts in public administration from the University of Central Michigan and successfully completed the Administrative Officer Commander master level program at the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute. He is a recognized subject matter expert in multiple areas of the law enforcement profession including community policing, crime prevention, and problem-solving initiatives.

 

Hurricane Season is Here!

2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Items ListThe 2021 Hurricane Season is upon us. Experts anticipate another busy year.  The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 28 - June 6, 2021.

The 2021 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday FAQs for Consumers might help.

Exempt Items Include the following:

Reusable ice packs

Portable, self powered light source such as candles, flashlights, and lanterns

Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only: AA-Cell, AAA-Call C-Cell, D-Cell, 6-volt, 9-volt

Radios powered by battery, solar or hand-crank. Two-way and/or Weather band radios are exempt from sales tax during the holiday.

Coolers and ice chests

Portable power bank

Bungee cords

Ground anchor systems,

Ratchet straps

Tarps,

Tie-down kits

Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

Portable generators used to provide light  or communications or to preserved food in a power outage

Bottled water, flavored, and uncarbonated.

Canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, and other nonperishable items

First aid kits

Prescription and non-prescription medications

Baby food and formulas

Feminine hygiene products

Training Day: Emergency Vehicle Operations

Emergency vehicle operations training is an essential component of officer safety and safety of the public. The Cocoa Police Department has a clearly defined policy regarding police response to an emergency or pursuit of dangerous felons.  Every year, officers must complete training on the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) which is designed to mimic what an officer may experience during activation of lights and sirens. The course is structured so the officer can practice tactical maneuvers, high speed evasive maneuvers, rapid decision making and multi-tasking while responding to an emergency. In this video, Officer Robin Viera explains why this training is so important.


Photo of Interim Chief of Police John HankinsCHIEF JOHN HANKINS RETIRES AFTER MORE THAN 30-YEARS OF SERVICE

Chief John Hankins, appointed interim chief in December, officially retired e after more than 30-years of service to the citizens of Cocoa.  Chief Hankins last day was Friday, April 30th

Chief Hankins was born and raised in Cocoa and graduated with Cocoa High School’s Class of 1984. He joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating high school and proudly served our nation from 1985-1991. After returning home, he joined the Cocoa Police Department in January 1991.  He excelled in the law enforcement profession and successfully worked his way through the ranks, serving in leadership roles for more than 24 years. Throughout his career, he served in nearly all aspects of the department’s operations including field training, traffic homicide investigator, SWAT, crisis negotiations, instructor, detective, corporal, supervisor, special investigations, training coordinator, accreditation manager, tactical flight officer, professional compliance supervisor, and internal affairs.  Prior to being appointed interim chief, Chief Hankins served as operations commander where he was responsible for providing executive management to all uniform service related aspects of the department including patrol operations, SWAT and Crisis Negotiations Team, K-9, marine, traffic/motors, and community resources.  He also holds the distinction of being one of the first Department of Defense certified SWAT tactical medics in Brevard County. As commander, Hankins also managed the oversight of the Support Services Division and the department’s annual budget.  

Among his most noteworthy accomplishments was leading the agency’s first accreditation in 2006, rewriting each of the agencies policies to bring them into compliance.  The accreditation process made the Cocoa Police Department among the most professional law enforcement agencies in the State of Florida, complying with more than 250 professional standards to ensure accountability, transparency and the highest professional conduct for police officers and staff. 

Chief Hankins has a passion for history and developed the department’s historical summary. He also created the agency’s unsolved homicide database which is now part of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s statewide database highlighting unsolved cases. “It has been such an honor to serve alongside Interim Chief Hankins,” said Mayor Mike Blake. “His dedication and commitment to the citizens of Cocoa for the last thirty years is unparalleled. He has left a lasting impression on our community that will be felt for many years to come.” 

Chief Hankins holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer’s Development course. He plans to stay in Brevard County with his wife and family and plans to enjoy working on household projects, and other hobbies. 

Map of Reported Cases for April, 2021. The link will take you to a google map created by the Cocoa Police Department. It is an interactive map that provides details on where cases were reported during the month of April 2021.  

During the month of April 2021, the Cocoa Police Department responded to 452 incidents resulting a case being filed.  This includes everything from a suspicious incident to drug related activity, and death investigations which don’t necessarily involve criminal activity. The map shows dates, times, locations and case by incident type. Cases involving mentally ill persons, child abuse, sex offenses, overdoses, and other protected information, are not shown on the map. Listed below are the cases by type and quantity.

Assaults: 7

Battery: 58

Burglary- Business: 3

Burglary- Residential 8

Burglary – Vehicle: 31

Damage to Property: 20

Death Investigation: 4

Disturbance/Non-Domestic: 14

Domestic Disturbance: 7

Driving/Intoxicated: 3

Forgery/fraud: 13

Intoxicated Person: 8

Liquor Law Violation: 1

Motor Vehicle Theft: 8

Narcotics: 2

Ordinance Violation: 1

Robbery-Unarmed: 3

Shots Fired: 5

Suspicious Activity: 47

Theft: 62

Trespass: 6

Weapons Violations: 1

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District Breakdowns of Reported Cases for April, 2021.


District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4


Save the Date:  Space Coast Police K9 Competition

The Cocoa PolicePhoto of 2021 K9 Competition Event Poster save the date Department is partnering with United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) to bring you the 2021 Space Coast Police K9 Competition. This year the event will be held at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday, October 17th beginning at 4 PM.  Don't miss your chance to meet America's Top Dog winner, K9 Bear and Officer Dan Rhoades, along with all their friends from around the country. The international team from the Royal Danish Air Force, Denmark will also be returning to compete. Mark your calendars and plan to join us in October! Interested sponsors and/or vendors should contact Yvonne Martinez, 321-243-7812 ymartinez@cocoapolice.com.. 

April Crime Prevention Tip:  Harden the Target

The best way to prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a crime is to do things that will make yourself and your property less vulnerable. This is what we call hardening the target. Your home or vehicle is a target for would-be thieves or criminals who wish to cause harm.  Here are some ways you can "Harden the Target" and protect yourself:

  • Secure doors and window, even when you are home.
  • Keep garage door closed when not outside.
  • Use locking pins on sliding windows and doors.
  • Consider installing a security alarm and/or security cameras.
  • Use exterior lights around your property to deter a would-be burglar.
  • Trim back hedges around your windows to make it more difficult for a would-be burglar to hide.
  • Be alert and report suspicious activity as soon as you see it happening. 
  • Lock your vehicles and remove valuables. 
  • Be aware of crime trends happening in and around your neighborhood by connecting with your police department.  Informed residents are better able to prevent the opportunity for crime. Share this newsletter and subscribe to your police department's information platforms such as Nextdoor and See It. Say It. Send It  Cocoa Police Department Facebook Page Cocoa Police Department Twitter page, and Cocoa Police Department Instagram Cocoa Police Department YouTube

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