The Cocoa Police Department has recognized the importance of community-oriented policing, as demonstrated by the establishment of our "Operation Take-Back" project and Community Oriented Policing (COP) philosophy. It is essential for law enforcement officers to work in concert with the residents that they serve in order to reduce crime and make the community a safer place for all.
Our statistics show that such an approach is productive and the philosophy of the Cocoa Police Department is to permanently include community oriented policing efforts in our operational plan.
The department has four officers and one sergeant assigned to Community Resource Unit.
Through the COP approach, these officers also work with Brevard County Schools and Community Commons, a Weed and Seed Agency, to implement cooperative strategies aimed at reducing crime and eliminating illegal drugs and related activities.
These efforts aid in improving living conditions and enhancing the personal growth of the residents living in the targeted areas. The officers offer specific police services over and above normal police services to residents living in public housing.
To ensure high police visibility, direct action is needed to reduce drug activity and increase safety.