(Cocoa, FL)—Chief Mike Cantaloupe administered the Police Officer’s Oath to a not so new officer Monday morning. Officer Rock Contardi was sworn in for a second time after a brief departure in which he pursued a professional fitness career. Contardi has three years of prior service with the Cocoa Police Department. In 2016 he and his wife chose to try a professional body building and fitness career in California however they quickly realized Brevard County and Cocoa was home and they returned. Chief Mike Cantaloupe and other members of the department welcomed him back without hesitation. “We appreciate him wanting to come back,” Chief Cantaloupe said. “We are looking forward to good things.”
Officer Contardi is originally from White Plains, New York. He and his family moved to South Florida in 1998 then to Brevard County in 2002. He graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy at Eastern Florida State College in 2012 and immediately joined the Cocoa Police Department. Because of his prior service with the department he will be “fast-tracked” through the Field Training Officer (FTO) program. Contardi is expected to resume his patrol duties as early as next week.