Satellite Beach Police Department

  • Agency: Satellite Beach Police Department
  • Address: 510 Cinnamon Drive, Satellite Beach, 32937 FL
  • Chief: Lionel A Cote (Chief of Police)
Phone: (321) 773-4400
Fax: (321) 773-5414

Satellite Beach Police Department is located at 510 Cinnamon Drive, Satellite Beach, 32937 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Lionel A Cote. The Satellite Beach Police Department phone number is (321) 773-4400.

Satellite Beach Police Department News

Last night (11/2/18) at 7:29 PM there was a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on A1A at Roosevelt Ave. The victim is an 82-year-old male and a resident of Merritt Island. The victim was crossing A1A to walk to a relative's home nearby, when he was fatally struck by a south bound vehicle as he was crossing A1A. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative and showed no signs of impairment. Florida Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and will release further details when it is appropriate to do so.

SBPD Receives ATV Grant The satellite Beach Police Department was recently awarded a grant by Firehouse Subs to replace our ATV. The ATV is used by the police department as well as our volunteers to patrol our beaches. The ATV has been used to locate missing children/persons, transport injured people to the nearest beach access for fire rescue, identify suspicious items that wash up on our beaches (everything from narcotics, immigrant rafts, and stolen vessels to injured wildlife) and to provide a law enforcement presence on the beaches. Jestina Roche from Public Works spearheaded the grant proposal and was able to secure the grant for the city. The grant covered the cost of the ATV and associated equipment. The ATV will be in the founders day parade this weekend and deployed on the beaches next week.

Halloween Hours Please make sure to pay extra attention as you are driving around town for little ghosts and goblins. The Police Departments Official Hours for Halloween are between 5-9pm. Parents should inspect all treats prior to children eating them. Dress up their costumes with glow sticks, light up necklaces and bracelets, in an attempt to make them more visible. Sherwood Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic unless you reside on the street. All other thru-traffic will have to go around. The street should re-open to all traffic after the trick or treaters have had their fun.

Please be safe on Halloween! The hours for trick-or-treating in Satellite Beach are from 5pm to 9pm. Have fun!

It's National School Bus Safety Week! Be a safety hero and spread the word about school bus safety. Be sure to stop for school buses!

The Satellite Beach Police Department has noticed an increase of family pets on our beaches and other public areas deliberately being represented as service dogs. While we understand that most owners do not intend to break the law, misrepresenting a pet as a service animal is in fact a criminal offense. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act service animals are dogs trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities Therefore, in an effort to educate | inform | and remind pet owners that they violate the law by their conscious misrepresentation; we post this information. Florida Statute 413.08 states that anyone who knowingly and willfully misrepresents themselves, through conduct or verbal or written notice, as using a service animal and being qualified to use a service animal or as a trainer of a service animal commits a misdemeanor of the second degree and must perform 30 hours of community service for an organization that serves individuals with disabilities, or for another entity or organization at the discretion of the court. We ask our readers to share this information with family and friends.

PRESS RELEASE September 28, 2018 On Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:35 p.m., a Satellite Beach Detective observed two suspicious males in a vehicle parked behind a business on State Road A1A. When the officer approached the car he observed a drug transaction taking place between the two men inside. The officer ordered both subjects out of the car, at which time the driver put the car in gear and accelerated rapidly in reverse, almost striking the officer as he backed away. The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. The passenger jumped from the car and was immediately apprehended. The vehicle left the parking lot at a high rate of speed south on A1A. The suspect apprehended at the scene is Gregory James Broedling W/M DOB 01-08-1972. Address: 308 West Claridge Street in north Satellite Beach. This subject admitted to attempting to purchase marijuana from Scales and was charged with violating felony probation, loitering and prowling. A description of the suspect who drove off and the vehicle, along with the registration information was shared with surrounding law enforcement agencies. Members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s, Office Game Over Task Force, located the driver of the vehicle and took him into custody in Melbourne near FIT. Nathan Castleman Scales WM DOB 03-01-1989, 1640 Water Drive, NE Palm Bay. was placed under arrest and is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. SCALES also had a warrant for his arrest for Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

CITY ORDINANCE ALLOWS REGISTRATION | USAGE OF GOLF CARTS ON CERTAIN CITY ROADWAYS Interested residents should familiarize themselves with City Ordinance 1166, Chapter 34, Article 4, Sections 34-101 thru 34-110. In order to register a golf cart for usage on certain city streets, please download and complete the “Low Speed Vehicle Registration” form and call Heather Black (321.773.4400 ext. 131) for an inspection appointment. Forms can be found at: http://www.satellitebeach.org/departments/police_department/public_services/lsv_registration.php Assigned decals are valid from January 1st to December 31st and must be renewed annually to stay in compliance. *** THIS YEAR ONLY, REGISTRATIONS WILL BE VALID UNTIL 12/31/2019 (FOR PRO-RATED FEE) ***

For Immediate Release: 09/13/2018 The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) announces new Leadership! The Satellite Beach Police Department is proud to announce the appointment of our Chief of Police, Jeff M. Pearson to 2nd Vice President to the FPCA Executive Board. Chief Pearson was sworn in during the FPCA’s 66th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet in Panama City Beach. “I’m very proud to be associated with such a fine organization. I am looking forward to working with such dedicated professionals”, said Chief Pearson. The Florida Police Chiefs Association is the third largest state police chiefs association in the nation and is composed of more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. The FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university and tribal police, private businesses and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state. Membership in the FPCA supports and maintains the highest standards of public safety and police protection for the millions of people who live, work and play in the State of Florida. For more information about the FPCA, please visit www.fpca.com. The Police Department and the City extend a heartfelt congratulations to Chief Pearson as we look forward and support his ascension through the ranks of this influential association!

The City of Satellite Beach is proud to announce that Governor Rick Scott has reappointed Satellite Beach Police Department’s Chief of Police, Jeff M. Pearson to another term on the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Chief Pearson will serve a four (4) year term on the Commission ending August 1, 2022. The Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC) established under Florida Statute, Chapter 943, is an independent policy making body that ensures that Florida’s citizens are served by a qualified, well trained, competent, and ethical law enforcement community. Primary Responsibilities of the Commission: - Establish uniform minimum standards for the employment and training of full-time, part-time, and auxiliary law enforcement, and correctional and correctional probation officers. - Establish and maintain officer training programs, curricula requirements, and certification of training schools and training school instructors. - Certify officers who complete a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, or who are diversely qualified through experience and training, and who meet minimum employment standards. - Review and administer appropriate administrative sanctions in instances when an officer, a training school instructor, or a training school is found in violation of Florida Statutes and Commission standards. - Conduct studies of compensation, education, and training for the correctional, correctional probation, and law enforcement disciplines. - Meet quarterly to discuss issues and approve rules that relate to officer standards & training. - Develop, maintain, and administer the State Officer Certification Examination for criminal justice officers. The 19-Member Commission is composed of the following: - Three (3) chiefs of police - Three (3) sheriffs - Five (5) law enforcement officers who are neither Sheriffs nor Chiefs and who are the rank of Sergeant or below within the employing agency. - One (1) Person in charge of a county correctional institution. - Two (2) Correctional Officers. One (1) of whom is an administrator of a state correctional institution, and one who is of the rank of sergeant or below within the employing agency. - One (1) training center director - One (1) Florida resident who falls into none of the above categories. - The Attorney General - The Secretary of Department of Corrections - The Director of the Florida Highway Patrol --------------------------- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2018 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 media@eog.myflorida.com Gov. Scott Appoints Four to Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced three reappointments and one appointment to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Chief Jeffrey Pearson, 49, of Satellite Beach, is the Chief of Police of the Satellite Beach Police Department. He is reappointed for a term beginning August 23, 2018, and ending August 1, 2022. Sheriff Tommy Ford, 49, of Lynn Haven, is the sheriff of Bay County. He is reappointed for a term beginning August 23, 2018, and ending August 1, 2022. William Harriss, 67, of St. Augustine, is the former city manager of St. Augustine. He is reappointed for a term beginning August 23, 2018, and ending August 1, 2021. Chief Cristian “Sean” Hemmingway, 50, of Cooper City, is the Police Chief of Bay Harbor Islands Police Department. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning August 23, 2018, and ending August 1, 2019.

On Monday, August 13th, Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeff M. Pearson introduced two new police department employees. Jason Bergeron and Michael Hines are the first Satellite Beach Officers to be sworn in after the passing of Senate Bill 7026. OFFICER JASON “JAY” BERGERON was born in Shirley, Massachusetts and honorably served in the United States Marine Corp from 1989 - 1993. He was employed as a Police Officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and later joined the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Fire Department. In addition to his employment with Fitchburg, he was “on-call” with the Town of Ashburnham, Massachusetts Fire Department where he was an EMT/Paramedic. Officer Bergeron and his family relocated to Brevard County in 2013 where he found employment as a Federal Officer with the United States Air Force. Officer Bergeron is married with 3 children and 1 grandchild. OFFICER MICHAEL HINES was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and relocated to Brevard County where he graduated from Rockledge High School with Honors. He attended Eastern Florida State College to be an Emergency Medical Technician and was employed as a Mental Health Tech with Circles of Care. In 2006, he received his Florida law enforcement certification and was employed with the City of Rockledge as a Police Officer. In 2013, he moved to Indiana where he worked as an investigator for a major Law Firm and as an Asset Protection Associate with a major electronics store. He was also a Part-Time Public Safety Officer at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky answering alarms, and investigating disturbances. Senate Bill 7026 mandated schools have an armed guard on campus during school hours. Currently, off-duty Satellite Beach Police Officers are fulfilling the mandate by providing security for the two elementary schools. Once Officers Bergeron and Hines complete the Field Training Officer program, they will be assigned to the Patrol Division and one experienced officer will be assigned to each of the elementary schools on a permanent basis. School Resource Officers (SROs) are sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in the schools. The Satellite Beach Police Department has had SROs assigned to DeLaura Middle School and Satellite High School for over 25 years. The newly assigned SROs completed a 40-hour basic SRO training course prior to the beginning of the new school year and will continue to train as required. 1. SERGEANT PAUL CREATURA - Satellite High School SRO 2. CORPORAL GRETTA VALIENTE - DeLaura Middle School SRO 3. CORPORAL JOHN HOUSMAN - Holland Elementary School SRO (newly assigned) 4. OFFICER MATT BENNETT - Surfside Elementary School SRO (newly assigned)

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SATELLITE BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE “EXCELSIOR STATUS” IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCREDITATION Over the last three days, the Satellite Beach Police Department was evaluated by a team of three accreditation assessors, representing the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). These assessments take place every three years. The visiting assessment team conducted independent, intensive and thorough inspections of the agencies operations. Every division within the department is carefully scrutinized by the assessment team to include; administration and policy, training, patrol and criminal investigations, arrest procedures, complaints, internal investigations, hiring practices, facility inspections, and compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to law enforcement operations. The team examined records, interviewed and shadowed investigators and civilian staff members, and rode with patrol officers to observe and evaluate work performance in the field. Today at the conclusion of the three day assessment, the team met with agency command staff and department members, as well as City Manager Courtney Barker. The CFA team leader announced the Satellite Beach Police Department would be recommended for full reaccreditation status with Excelsior recognition. Excelsior recognition is the highest recognition for continued excellence in law enforcement accreditation. This award recognizes that a law enforcement agency has maintained a long and successful accreditation program and complies with 100% of the required state standards. The Satellite Beach Police Department was initially awarded the prestigious Excelsior Award in 2015, which is the highest honor for accredited agencies. Satellite Beach PD has been voluntarily participating in the Florida Accreditation program since 1998 and is also the first agency in Brevard County to achieve this award. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will review the CFA assessment team leader’s final report at the full commission meeting in October, at which time they will cast a vote for Excelsior Accreditation based on the team’s evaluation and recommendations.

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Satellite Beach Police Department Jeff M. Pearson Chief of Police DATE OF PRESS RELEASE: Date: July 3, 2018 ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT THE SATELLITE BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, to examine all aspects of the Satellite Beach Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The agency has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. Accreditation is for a 3 year period, after which the agency is visited again every three years for re-accreditation. This will be the 6th such accreditation assessment for the agency, which was initially accredited in 2000. As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Satellite Beach Police Department by contacting Accreditation Manager, Barbara Holland @ 321-773-4400 ext. 130. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Satellite Beach Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where accreditation compliance can be witnessed. The CFA Assessment Team members are: Gloria Sepanik, CFA Team Leader, Punta Gorda Police Department, Sergeant Shane Strickland, Clermont Police Department, ASAC Christopher Woehr, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full CFA Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Verification by the team that the Satellite Beach Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

PRESS RELEASE ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT THE SATELLITE BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, to examine all aspects of the Satellite Beach Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The agency has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. Accreditation is for a 3 year period, after which the agency is visited again every three years for re-accreditation. This will be the 6th such accreditation assessment for the agency, which was initially accredited in 2000. As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Satellite Beach Police Department by contacting Accreditation Manager Barbara Holland @ 321-773-4400 ext. 130. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Satellite Beach Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where accreditation compliance can be witnessed. The CFA Assessment Team members are: Gloria Sepanik, CFA Team Leader, Punta Gorda Police Department, Sergeant Shane Strickland, Clermont Police Department, ASAC Christopher Woehr, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full CFA Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Verification by the team that the Satellite Beach Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

The Satellite Beach Police Department wishes you and your family a happy 4th of July! We also want you to be safe in your celebrations. Each year people get seriously hurt by fireworks and unfortunately most are illegal. Every year homes, property and screen enclosures are damaged by illegal fireworks and falling firework debris. Some of our residents, your neighbors and friends, suffer from mental illnesses that make this time of year especially difficult. We also don’t want to forget our fury friends that stress out with loud explosions. So what fireworks are illegal and what is the consequence for using them? The general rule of thumb is if a firework flies and/or explodes it’s illegal. Examples, Firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and mortars would all be illegal to set off in the City of Satellite Beach. What fireworks can I use? Sparklers, glow worms, spinners, or smoke devices etc. Anyone found to be setting off illegal fireworks may be criminally charged and the illegal fireworks seized. The charge is a misdemeanor charge that could result in fines and or jail time. Please review Florida Statute 791.01 that governs fireworks in the state and penalties for violations. The police department will have extra officers on duty to enforce all laws in an attempt to make sure our community is safe and legal. Please don’t use illegal fireworks in our city, there are plenty of community firework displays around the county that are professionally set up for safety and enjoyment.

On May 31st, 2018, the Satellite Beach Police Department remembered Sergeant E. Edward Hartmann and Officer Philip J. Flagg, who were killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver 26 years ago. Family and friends of Ed and Phil were invited to a ceremony at the Atlantic Plaza, across from the location on A1A where the two officers lost their lives. Several dozen people and law enforcement officers from Brevard County showed up to pay their respects. In addition to personnel from the Satellite Beach Police Department, there was an honor guard from the Brevard County Sheriff's office. The officers included Corrections Deputy Edwin Ayala, Corrections Deputy Louis Ayala, Agent Charles La Roche, Corporal Linda McLaughlin, and Field Training Officer Mark Medley. Special thanks to Corporal Al Wells of BCSO for organizing their participation. Chief Pearson talked about his memories and emotions from 26 years ago. Kati Fini (Phil's sister) was in attendance, as well as Sergeant Mike Conner from the Indialantic PD, who was working as a dispatcher on that tragic day. Also in attendance was former Satellite Beach Police Chief Lionel Cote, and Sergeant Charlie Braden from the Melbourne Police Department. Sgt. Braden was injured during the same incident in Satellite Beach 26 years ago, but was still able to make the arrest of the drunk driver. Our Department Chaplain Dr. Joe Jursa offered words of comfort and a prayer for those we lost. He was followed by bagpiper Marco Calderon from the Brevard Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. Finally, retired New York police officer Larry McCormick played Taps. We honor the service and sacrifice of Sergeant E. Edward Hartmann and Officer Philip J. Flagg. You will never be forgotten.

The Satellite Beach Police Department would like to thank our Community, local Business Partners, and Schools for the baked goods and cards received showing your appreciation of our officers during National Police Week. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. What does the loss of a Police Officer mean, It means that a family lost a father, a mother, a husband, a wife, a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a fiancé, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, a friend. It means that an officer made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the oath they swore to uphold; protection of their community. On May 31, 1992, Satellite Beach Police Sergeant E. Edward Hartmann and Officer Philip J. Flagg lost their lives to the careless act of a drunk driver. We will never forget the impact their deaths had on our department and our community. We want to thank every officer that put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. We want to thank their families for sharing them with us; and we make this promise to all who read or hear these words: We Will Never Forget!

There was an increase in uniformed officers at DeLaura today after we received information overnight about a dispute on social media among two DeLaura students and an unknown third party. There were no threats made or implied about violence on campus in any way and no crimes were committed, which was confirmed through a number of interviews and a review of social media messages by investigators. Unfortunately, as is often the case, rumors and gossip through social media and word of mouth escalated throughout the day until many students assumed they were in danger. Officers were in place to provide students, parents, and school staff reassurance and a sense of security. The school administration sent out emails in an attempt to alleviate concerns and officers on campus attempted to do the same while interacting with students. Even with the best security plans in place, it is virtually impossible to stop the rumor mill among students once it gets started. As always we will take immediate action to respond to and investigate all incidences of possible criminal activity involving our students and schools.

It will be 26 years on May 31, 2018 since we lost our fellow comrades, Sgt. E. Edward Hartmann and Ofc. Philip J. Flagg who were killed by a drunk driver at 1:50 a.m. that dreadful night. Every year the community comes together where friends, family and local law enforcement personnel gather to honor these two brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. They will never be forgotten! You are invited to attend this brief 26-Year Memorial Service, which will be hosted by Chief Jeff M. Pearson and the Satellite Beach Police Department. If you wish to say a few words just let Linda Harlow know in advance. We hope you can join us as we pay tribute to Sgt. E. Edward Hartmann and Ofc. Philip J. Flagg who are still with us in spirit and missed every day. Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 Time: 2 p.m. Place: Atlantic Plaza Parking lot, (ACROSS from the old Ramada Inn) 1024 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach Email: Linda Harlow – lharlow@satellitebeach.org Phone: (321) 773-4400