CPD Community Report
Cops Play Games to Build Life Skills
Sometimes, playing games at work is a good thing. Especially when the games have built in strategies to help participants learn specific skills, such as team building, confidence building, improving communication, and recognizing opportunities to teach and learn positive life skills.
Earlier this month, six department employees, including four police officers spent a day participating in such games in order to prepare for the annual Cops and Kids Summer Camp program which is planned to begin in early June. The Community Resource Unit, through its ongoing partnership with Lifetime Counseling Center in Cocoa, solicited the assistance of Ties that Bind, a Central Florida based organization specializing in challenge course experiences that promote team building. Watch the video here.
April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month
April is Autism Awareness Month so we reached out to School Resource Officer James Salley to discuss why Autism Awareness is so important. In May, 2018 the Cocoa Police Department partnered with Florida Vehicle Wraps in Melbourne, and Puzzle Box Academy in Palm Bay for an Autism Awareness Campaign. The partnership converted one of our patrol vehicle into a conversation tool about autism. Officer Salley was assigned this vehicle. He has a daughter with autism so he asked to have her initials in the design. Cocoa PD spends many hours each year training officer how to recognize autism and respond appropriately.
Awareness Tip: Covid-19 Scams
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians about COVID-19 vaccine scams that involve misleading webpages charging for vaccine appointments. According to recent news reports, scammers used the popular event website Eventbrite to pose as county health departments and take or attempt to take payments in exchange for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. States are overseeing the free COVID-19 vaccine distribution rather than the federal government. To help manage appointment scheduling, several counties in Florida have turned to ticketing services like Eventbrite; however, no county is charging for vaccine reservations.
• Know that anyone asking for money in exchange for an appointment is a scam;
• Check with county health departments for local vaccine distribution guidelines;
• Be wary of any website where pop-up ads solicit a vaccine appointment;
• Look for “https” or a padlock icon in the website name to ensure that you are on a secure website; and
• Report suspicious solicitations or COVID-19 vaccine-related advertisements to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.
Local Crime Data for March 2021
Map of Reported Cases for March 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 March 2021. The details provided include date, time and location, as well as the case disposition or status.
Save the Date: Space Coast Police K9 Competition
The Cocoa Police 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 firstname.lastname@example.org..
March Crime Prevention Tips: #PM Routine
Vehicle burglaries are among the most preventable crimes. The best way to prevent being a victim of this crime is to lock your vehicles and remove all valuables. This prevents the opportunity for crime to occur. In many cases a suspect will go from vehicle to vehicle pulling on door handles until they find an unlocked door. In other cases where doors are locked and a suspect sees a purse, wallet, cell phone, firearm, or some other item of value; that suspect will break a window or do some kind of damage to your vehicle to force entry in order to steal your valuables. RECOMMENDATION: Create a routine. Every night before you go to sleep you have a routine. Make it a point to double check your vehicles are locked and all valuables are removed or out of sight. Set an alarm on your phone, or other timing device, for 9 pm or other convenient time. This will remind you to check your vehicles. It is a small step that can save you a lot of headaches and sleepless nights!