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.
The West Melbourne Police Department traces its roots back to 1959 shortly after the City was created. Today our department has 48 sworn officers and 10 support staff. Together we are responsible for the protection and safety of West Melbourne's 21,360 residents as well as the many visitors that come and go through our city every day.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
It is important for us to stay connected within the community we serve. It is also important that you are informed about what we do, how we accomplish our work and how you can assist us in being successful with our public safety endeavors. Our website is one tool we use to achieve this goal. Thank you for visiting our Police Department's website and we welcome your suggestions, comments and views on how we can better meet your needs.
The West Melbourne Police Department applied for Accreditation status in August 2014 through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). To be accredited we had to come into compliance with over 260 Commission approved standards, mostly relating to life, health and safety.
On June 22, 2016 our Department appeared before the full Commission (comprised of Judges, Police Chiefs, Sheriff’s and administrative personnel) where the status of an accredited agency was conferred. View the final report (PDF) of our full compliance assessment to the Commission.
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. 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 and 4 grandchildren.
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF WILEY
Providing exceptional police services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships are a top priority for the West Melbourne Police Department. We subscribe to core values together with honesty and integrity, personal accountability, ownership, consistency and fairness, creativity and innovation, positive attitude, teamwork and a strong work ethic. We are a growing, progressive agency in an energetic community and are fortunate to have a very supportive elective leadership.
DEPUTY CHIEF RICHARD CORDEAU
Originally born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Deputy Chief Cordeau moved to Brevard County prior to the start of grade school. He graduated from Palm Bay High School in 1996 and immediately enrolled in the Brevard Community College Police Academy in Melbourne. After graduating from law enforcement class 97L-1, he spent approximately 8 months as a Reserve Police Officer at the West Melbourne Police Department. In March 1998, Deputy Chief Cordeau was hired as a full time police officer.
In 2006, Deputy Chief Cordeau was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he led a squad of officers in the Patrol Division. He was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2007 where he served as Day Shift Watch Commander, Night Shift Watch Commander, Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander and Public Information Officer. After being promoted to the rank of Captain in January 2015, Deputy Chief Cordeau served as the Patrol Division Commander and Support Services Division Commander.
Deputy Chief Cordeau was named Officer of the Year in 2000 and Supervisor of the Year in 2011. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Administration from Barry University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Institute of Technology. Deputy Chief Cordeau attended the 268th Session of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He serves as a trustee on the Police Pension Board and is the President of the West Melbourne Police Athletic League Board of Directors. Deputy Chief Cordeau is a member of the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police, National Academy Associates and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is married to his wife Mary and has a daughter Jordan and son, Zachary.
captain charles finsted
Patrol Division Commander