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MISSION STATEMENT 

The West Melbourne Police Department’s mission focuses on leadership through innovation to meet today’s needs and future challenges. This is accomplished through problem-solving partnerships with our citizens and businesses. The West Melbourne Police Department is dedicated to preventing crime, apprehending criminals, servicing the community in an outstanding manner, and expediting the flow of traffic in a safe, calm manner.

 

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Chief Wiley
POLICE CHIEF RICHARD T. WILEY


Chief Wiley has been employed in law enforcement for over 35 years, most of it with the Philadelphia Police Department. He was promoted four times during his career in Philadelphia and achieved the rank of Police Staff Inspector. Chief Wiley earned his Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Joseph's University. During his years of exceptional service, he supervised both uniformed and detective personnel.


As a Captain he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 18th Police District located in the Southwest section of Philadelphia. This district was considered to be a diversified and complex area to manage and service. He was responsible for the management and supervision of 190 Police Officers, 22 subordinate supervisors and 8 civilians, servicing a population of over 150,000 people. He embraced the community-oriented policing philosophy and focused on crime reduction and quality of life issues. 


His last assignment with the Philadelphia Police Department was in the Internal Affairs Bureau, Integrity Control Unit. In this capacity he was responsible for anti-corruption issues. In addition, he was an advisor to the Police Commissioner conducting in-depth analysis and oversight of bureaus, districts and units at his direction. Once the analysis was completed, a report was generated articulating recommended changes to eliminate corruption concerns and improve the overall operational effectiveness and efficiency of the designated area.

Chief Wiley retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2005 to accept a position as the Chief of Police for Lower Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. Lower Swatara Twp Police Department is a full service department consisting of 16 police officers and 1 civilian serving a population of 10,000 residents. On September 9, 2012, he was sworn in as the third Police Chief of the West Melbourne Police Department.

Chief Wiley is married to his wife Gigi and they have two children; Rachel 25 years old, Marissa 21 years old and 2 grandchildren.



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DEPUTY CHIEF DAN SWARTZFAGER

Deputy Chief Dan Swartzfager is a native Floridian, being raised in the Daytona Beach area and a graduate of Spruce Creek High School. Dan served in the United States Navy after high school and began his law enforcement career with the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) where he served in the Patrol Division, Street Crimes Units, Narcotics, Special Investigations Unit, Criminal Investigations Division and Motorcycle Unit. After promotion, Dan was assigned as a Deputy Shift Commander in Patrol, Supervisor of the Office of Special Investigations, Motor Unit Supervisor, and Narcotics Task Force Commander (Acting).

Deputy Chief Swartzfager supervised agents assigned to the DEA Task Force, Volusia County East Side Narcotics Task Force and the FBI Task Force.

           


As the Motor Unit Supervisor, Dan was responsible for the planning and management of over 100 personnel during special events that gained International attention (Daytona Speed weeks, Bike week, Spring Break, Black College Reunion, Biketoberfest, Turkey Rod Run and Sound Crafter stereo car shows) and involved numerous agencies to include State and Federal Officers.

Deputy Chief Swartzfager briefly worked with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff for 18 months after his retirement from DBPD. Dan was asked to return to DBPD in 2006 as the agency's Training Coordinator. Dan has almost 28 years of law enforcement experience.

Deputy Chief Swartzfager was the recipient of the FOP Police Officer of the Year award 1990, runner up Bernard Schneider Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 1989, and has received in excess of fifty (50) letters of commendation. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Keiser University where he was also an adjunct professor.

Deputy Chief Swartzfager is married to his wife Patti and they have three children and three grandchildren.

West Melbourne Police Department Organizational Chart


MEMBERS OF OUR DEPARTMENT'S EXECUTIVE TEAM

Captain Finsted 

Captain Charles Finsted
SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION
Lt Thompson 

Lieutenant Mark Thompson
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
 Lt Cordeau

Lieutenant Richard Cordeau
UNIFORM PATROL DIVISION
(serving since 1993)
(serving since 1989)
(serving since 1998)




OUR FIRST LINE SUPERVISORS

 Sgt Black

Sergeant Roy Black
(serving since 1986)

Sgt Grenier 
Sergeant David Grenier
(serving since 1990)
Sgt Rothery 
Sergeant Eric Rothery
(serving since 1994)
 Starnes
Sergeant Jody Starnes

(serving since 1999)
 Sgt Dick
Sergeant Jennifer Dick
(serving since 1999)
 Sgt Navedo
Sergeant Carlos Navedo
(serving since 2002)
Sgt Cantees 
Sergeant Justin Cantees
(serving since 2003)