|The Police Administration Team|
|The administration is the leadership of the organization. Each member of the administration is first charged with developing organizational goals and objectives designed to achieve the department’s mission. Performed annually, each member is responsible for implementing an action plan, which consists of resource allocation, budgeting, follow up, and follow through using administrative tools to manage and direct the overall activities of the Department. Click the photographs for bios and contact information.|
Chief of Police Mike Cantaloupe
Chief Cantaloupe began his law enforcement career with the Cocoa Police Department in December of 1990. He started in the patrol division on midnight shift. He was selected for the street crimes unit and spent the better part of two years assigned to that unit. Chief Canatloupe also spent several years working as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, the Special Investigations Unit and was also assigned to the Brevard County Drug Task Force for two years. He later went back into the patrol division where he became a field training officer and served on the SWAT team. During his tenure he served as a corporal, sniper and team leader. He was later promoted to sergeant and assumed responsibility over special investigations. Chief Cantaloupe has served in nearly all capacities within the Cocoa Police Department including patrol watch commander, SWAT commander and professional compliance commander before becoming chief in 2014.
Chief Cantaloupe has a passion for community policing and the outreach programs that he hopes will transform a generation of youth into accomplished adults serving their community. As an executive board member for the Cocoa Community First charity Chief Cantaloupe hopes to use his influence to grow new programs and additional support for the department’s outreach efforts.
Major/Operations Commander John Hankins
Major Hankins joined the Cocoa Police Department in January 1991. During his tenure he served in nearly all aspects of the department’s operations including field training officer, traffic homicide investigator, instructor, detective, corporal, supervisor in the Special Investigations Unit, training coordinator, accreditation manager, tactical flight officer (BCSO), professional compliance supervisor, and internal affairs. As a lieutenant he supervised the department’s first accreditation and re-accreditation cycle. Major Hankins also serves as an assessor and team leader for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
In his current role as operations commander he is responsible for providing executive management to all uniform services related aspects of the department which includes patrol operations, SWAT and Crisis Negotiations Team, K-9, Marine, Traffic/Motors, and Community Resources. He also holds the distinction of being the department’s first DOD certified SWAT tactical medic in Brevard County.
Major Hankins holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He was born and raised in Cocoa. After graduating from Cocoa High School he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an active duty member from 1985-1991. He currently resides in Cocoa with his wife.
Major/Support Services Commander Eric Austin
Eric Austin is a major responsible for the Support Services Division of the Cocoa Police Department. He currently serves as secretary/treasurer for the Cocoa Community First non-profit executive board.
Major Austin joined the Cocoa Police Department in February 2001. He was promoted to Major on December 7 2015. His command staff duties encompass all aspects of police support services administration which includes the communications center, records, equipment, accreditation, training, budget, finance and accounting, information technology project management, building maintenance, field training evaluation program, policy development and recruiting and hiring.
During his tenure with the police department Major Austin has worked in every area of operations. He was a school resource officer, detective, patrol sergeant, community relations sergeant and lieutenant over professional compliance.
Major Austin is considered a law enforcement subject matter expert and is an adjunct instructor at the Advanced Law Enforcement Training and Police Academy at Eastern Florida State College. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Central Florida and is on track to earn a master's degree in business administration from Webster University in 2016.
Major Austin’s brings with him a wealth of knowledge and business expertise in the field of non-profit work. His tenacity for accountability and fiscal management gives Cocoa Community First a sound fiscally sound foundation.