Chief Evander Collier IV 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. Chief Collier was officially sworn in on April 29, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Police Reform:
The Cocoa Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency through the Commision for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation since 2006. The accreditation renewal process occurs every three years with a rigorous review. The Cocoa Police Department has successfully maintained this accredited status through each of these reviews (four to date). The next renewal process will be in 2021.
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards.
As a result of the high professional standards demanded of an accredited law enforcement agency, and a decades-long commitment to a community policing philosophy, the Cocoa Police Department is a model agency for the nation. Many of the reforms being discussed today were implemented by CPD many years ago and are continuously reviewed and updated as needed.
The Cocoa Police Department appreciates the importance of recognizing individual achievements. Recognition within the department and the community will assist in the overall awareness of excellence obtained by the men and women of this agency. Please fill out and submit the commendation form if you would like to recognize an officer or employee.
The Cocoa Police Department recognizes officers and employees are responsible to the public for their conduct. At certain times a conflict may exist between a citizens and a police officer and/or an employee in the performance of his/her duties. If you believe that a police officer and/or employee has acted improperly, you should bring this to the attention of the the on-duty supervisor. If you would like to file a formal complaint, please come by the police department and fill out the complaint form detailing your concerns. This form must be signed by the complainant in the presence of a notary in order to be submitted.