The four new officers must complete the Field Training Officer Program before being deployed to solo duty. Three of the four new hires have prior law enforcement experience and will be “fast tracked” to solo patrol duties within a few weeks. “We are very fortunate to have these new officers joining our ranks,” Chief Cantaloupe said. “I am confident they will do great things for our community.”
Michael Cox, 29 is a 2005 graduate of Titusville High School and graduated from the St. John’s River State College in St. Augustine with a law enforcement certification. This will be is first job in law enforcement.
Josh Roane, 26 is a 3-year veteran of the Fort Pierce Police Department and recently moved to Melbourne. He is originally from Port St. Lucie, Florida and graduated from Indian River State College Criminal Justice Academy in 2013.
Josh Hedleston, 32 is a former deputy with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and a former SWAT and security forces officer with the Kennedy Space Center where he spent a combined 7 ½ years. He is originally from Merritt Island and graduated from the Valencia Community College Criminal Justice Academy in 2007. He is married with two children.
Ben Landis, 34 is originally from Melbourne, Florida and graduated from the Florida Air Academy. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2002 and 2004. He joined the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 and has more than 8 years of prior law enforcement experience.