Palm Bay Police Department

  • Agency: Palm Bay Police Department
  • Address: 130 Malabar Rd. SE, Palm Bay, 32907 FL
  • Chief: William "Bill" Berger (Chief of Police)

Palm Bay Police Department is located at 130 Malabar Rd. SE, Palm Bay, 32907 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is William "Bill" Berger. The Palm Bay Police Department phone number is (321) 952-3456.

Palm Bay Police Department News

“DJ has been afraid of Police Officers” said his mother, Shelly, during a telephone conversation. Shelly wanted to change the way DJ feels about the police, so Officer Abroe made a special visit to meet DJ at his 4th birthday party. As Officer Abroe pulled up to DJ’s party DJ clung to his mother, but luckily Officer Abroe didn’t come empty handed. Our quick-thinking officer heard that DJ loves to swim and brought a gift...swimming goggles. Officer Abroe knelt down to give DJ with his present and was rewarded with a great big hug! DJ also got to talk with Police Dispatcher Yari Morgan over the Police Radio as she wished him a 'Happy Birthday!' DJ rounded out his visit with Officer Abroe with a 'tour of duty' of the patrol car and he even got to sit in the driver’s seat. “DJ’s fear was replaced with joy and trust”, said Sergeant Scott Smith. Happy Birthday DJ! #connect #serve #impact

On November 1st the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted an event to acknowledge the Officer and Civilian of the Quarter award Recipients. Officer of the Quarter: Officer Thomas Baker Officer Baker has shown in the last three months continuous pro-active patrol in high crime areas by conducting various traffic stops and security checks. Most notably Officer Baker responded to a call in reference to a female going into labor. Officer Baker stayed on scene with the woman’s other children while the fire department was able to deliver the baby, and transport the mother and new born to the hospital. Officer Baker took the initiative to contact family members to take custody of the children and stood by until they arrived. This is just one example of how Officer Baker consistently shows a great deal of professionalism and compassion for the public. Civilian of the Quarter: CTS Natasha Hauber CST Hauber has handled approximately 32 call for services during the 3rd Quarter including: several deaths, search warrants, attempted murder, arson, sexual batteries, and numerous requests to pull video and enhance it. CST Hauber readily leads a hand to other CSTs when needed and also routinely assists Property and Evidence with transferring video/ audio evidence to disks for the State Attorney’s Office. CST Hauber has been attending classes to obtain her Master’s in Digital Forensics as well as attempting Digital Evidence Examination and Processing to further the agency’s goal of having civilian personnel trained in digital forensics. Today we recognized some of our other civilian award recipients; Logistics Manager Nicholas Zynko and Secretary Patricia Tobar. Nicholas Zynko was awarded the Meritorious Award, in his position he is responsible for the police buildings and fleet. Zynko has been the liaison with facilities in an expansion project for our communications center. This operation was in-depth and included many different outside companies, as well as, other departments within the City. Zynko coordinated meetings and managed the roadblock and obstacles that arose. This was no easy feat but Nicholas Zynko saw it through completion. Patricia Tobar was awarded the Community Service Award. Patricia, along with Project Specialist Jennifer Williams(not pictured), organized and facilitated an appreciation luncheon for our VCOP Program. The efforts from these ladies were above and beyond what their normal responsibilities are. Their focus was not only to show appreciation to the VCOPs but to enhance the relations with those members of our community that provide such dedicated time to our department and city. Through various donations and hard work Trish and Jennifer’s efforts proved to our VCOPs that they are a valued program in our agency and it significantly enhanced relations not only with the VCOP program, but also with those members who live in our community.

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On Sunday November 5, The Palm Bay Police Department received a complaint from a parent inspecting their child’s candy from Halloween night. The mother located needles in two separate mini packs of “Twizzlers” Candy. The Palm Bay Police Department is currently conducting a thorough investigation into this matter. “These acts against our children will not be tolerated and we are taken every measure to ensure their safety”, says Commander Mariano Augello. The area of occurrence was the neighborhood surrounding The Jupiter Elementary School which is located at 940 Tupelo Road SW, Palm Bay. This is the only reported incident we have at this time. We encourage anyone who has experienced a similar incident to please call The Palm Bay Police Department at 321-952-3456.

The Palm Bay Fire Department responded to a residential fire this afternoon that was caused by a vehicle. The quick work of the PBFD contained the blaze and limited damage to the garage. Nice work!

Palm Bay Fire Chief Rusty Nail presented Battalion Chief Anthony Gianantonio with a 'Palm Bay Hooray' award this week. He was nominated by a fellow City of Palm Bay employee for his dedication and service to the City during Hurricane Irma. Thanks for working hard to keep Palm Bay safe!

A big thanks to Eastern Florida State College. Students from the Veterinarian Tech Program present baskets to Officer Hurtado and his K-9 partner "Archer". We currently have six patrol K-9's. Lt. Mike Bandish

https://goo.gl/VSxG1Y Daylight Savings Ends Sunday, Nov. 5th

Officer King, Officer Bell and Officer Reardon with some trick or treaters that were out tonight! Even Chief Rogers got out for some fun 🎃👻

****** Traffic Advisory******* The Puerto Rican Day Parade is set for this Sunday, November 5th, from 2pm to 4pm. The Parade will begin at 2pm at the intersection of Eldron Boulevard and Malabar Road and follow the route West to Palm Bay City Hall, where a post-parade festival will take place. Residents are advised to expect traffic delays on Malabar Road from 11am until 4:30pm on Sunday. Lt. Mike Bandish

Palm Bay Police SWAT Team, participating in "Trunk or Treat" at Saint Joseph Catholic School. Sergeant Ribnicky and Officer Abroe are helping children get in and out of The SWAT Teams armored vehicle. Lt. Mike Bandish

Make sure you stay safe while being spooky when you're out trick or treating👻🎃

Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? For more information on what you can do about food allergy awareness and how to make sure all children get to enjoy this holiday in a safe manner go to foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.

PBPD “Spotlight” on our Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM). Our Critical Incident Stress Management team is composed of members from all areas of the department to include: road officers, supervisors, dispatch, and the department chaplain. “We strive to bring awareness and education to our officers regarding the after effects of working a critical incident call.”- Cpl. A. Schrum, CISM Team Liaison. A critical incident can be defined as any event that has a stressful impact sufficient enough to overwhelm the usually effective coping skills of an individual. Critical incidents are abrupt, powerful events that fall outside the range of ordinary human experiences. These events can have a strong emotional impact, even on the most experienced officer. Research has shown that critical incident stress affects up to 87% of all emergency service workers at least once in their careers. Our team’s main goal is to take care of our officers who can in turn, continue to take care of our citizens. CISM team from left to right is: Chaplin Laz Claro, Ofc. Chris Snedeker, Sgt. Greg Leonard, Dispatcher Kim Meade, Det. Ursula Cowan, and Cpl. Tonie Schrum. Not pictured Ofc. Steve Hill

STEVEN RICHARD HADFIELD, 39, was arrested on 10/24/2017 on multiple charges stemming from vehicle burglaries in the Riviera Dr / Port Malabar Blvd NE area of Palm Bay since the beginning of October. Palm Bay Police Department is requesting anyone with knowledge about HADFIELD, to include possible locations he has been staying, to please contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.

Thanks to Health First for showing your appreciation for Palm Bay's first responders with a visit from the ice cream truck today!

Accident off Americana last night around 1:30AM. Driver struck a parked car before failing to make a turn and struck a vacant house. Driver arrested for DUI, no other injuries reported.

Update: The incident classification has been changed to erosion versus a sink hole. A company was clearing a main run off line from lake today and broke the pipe which caused the ground to erode. At this time the scene will be monitored over night for any changes Officers on scene at the 1700 block of La Madeira in Sawgrass subdivision with a small sinkhole Lt. Mike Bandish.

******Traffic Advisory ******* FPL working on power lines at Emerson and Jupiter NW. The East Bound lanes of Emerson will be closed until approx. 4:30 PM. FPL will be working out there through Thursday. Lt. Mike Bandish

Palm Bay PD catches serial burglar suspect, Steven Hadfield 39. Detective Phillip Nungesser was doing surveillance in the area of Port Malabar Blvd. and Babcock Street. He saw a male riding a bicycle. The male matched previous video surveillance and was wearing the same hat and shirt from previous incidents. Hadfield is suspected in as many 28 burglaries in this area. He was taken into custody with the assistance of Patrol Officers. Lt. Mike Bandish

Palm Bay Residents: Please be advised that The City of Palm Bay has just confirmed a complaint from a citizen to be valid, regarding automated phone calls. The citizen said they received calls soliciting scholarship funds from a phone number that displayed “City of Palm Bay” on the caller ID. Lisa Morrell, Director of Communications and IT, confirmed that the number that was used is an assigned number for Utilities Customer Service. Morrell said that this is “A social engineering attack on the public using a credible number assignment to mask a phone number to defraud.” “The City of Palm Bay does not solicit funds”, said City Manager Gregg Lynk. The City is actively investigating the source of the calls and hopes to correct the situation as quickly as possible. Remember, The City of Palm Bay does not call to solicit anything. If in doubt about a call from the City, please call our main line 321-952-3400 and a City representative will direct your call as needed. Lt. Mike Bandish

Officer Gomez and Officer Baker were on scene this afternoon to apprehend one of Palm Bay's most mischievous residents! This toothy fellow measured nearly 5 feet long and was caught loitering in a resident's yard. Everyone can sleep soundly tonight knowing this guy is off the streets!