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On March 30, 2022, the Melbourne Police Service held its annual awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate police officers, communications officers and civilian employees for their outstanding performance, dedication, courage and professionalism. Within these groups, the ministry has also singled out leaders and employees who have stood out even among these outstanding winners. The 2021 winners of these prestigious awards are:

Officer of the Year: Detective Johnny Bynum

Detective Bynum served the Melbourne Police Department for over 26 years, 16 of which were in the Criminal Investigations Division where he investigated nearly 2,000 cases. Over the years, he has built an impeccable reputation in the Brevard County law enforcement community and is known for his tenacious work ethic and commitment to the citizens of Melbourne. Here are the highlights of his exemplary work in 2021:

  • He served as the division’s domestic violence investigator, reviewing all domestic violence complaints that come into the agency (an average of 225 per month) and triaging them for appropriate follow-up.
  • He worked with the state’s attorney’s office to recommend improvements to the filing and sentencing of certain cases. In 2021, it officially adopted 50 of those cases and solved half of them with arrests. He was also able to settle 22 other such cases for a close rate of 94%.
  • He uncovered the true identity of a domestic abuse suspect who had been living under a false identity for months and had used multiple aliases over the past 10 years. He discovered the subject was a New York City parolee on the run with active felony warrants for armed robbery and was also suspected of murdering his girlfriend in New York City in 2020. Det. Bynum coordinated with the NYPD, NY Department of Corrections and US Marshals Service to locate the suspect the NYPD had been looking for for 10 years.
  • He helped solve two cold cases – one from 2015 that required him to travel to multiple locations across the state to interview incarcerated witnesses and one from 1980 that ended the family of a woman who had disappeared 42 years ago.

Communications Officer of the Year: Ashleigh Mulla

Ashleigh Mulla has been recognized for her positive attitude, professional demeanor and excellent work ethic. In 2021, she did a great job on radio while having three consecutive high priority calls while she trained. She also went above and beyond to locate the owner of a found dog. She produces a monthly newsletter for Communications Center employees and recently became a Communications Training Officer, training new employees in all phases of training.

Employee of the Year: Brandy Orr

Brandy Orr recently joined the department and learned her new position with minimal help. In 2021, she served as the sole payroll clerk in the department and completed advanced training in FMLA and HR legal issues – while maintaining a workload designed for two professionals. She later onboarded a new payroll administrative assistant while maintaining a steady work pace and attention to detail.

Detective Achievement Award: Eric Gould

In 2021, Detective Eric Gould investigated many high profile cases that led to the arrest of several dangerous criminals. These included a sting operation that ensnared a man and woman who had lured an elderly victim into a violent home invasion using a website known for prostitution. His work in 2021 led to the arrest of a subject who was found in possession of a short-barrel shotgun and 4,400 rounds in direct violation of a risk protection order. He also located and worked with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to apprehend a man suspected of committing aggravated violent assault on a Melbourne police officer which resulted in serious injury.

Outstanding Field Training Officer Award: Joseph Kravtzoff

Detective Joseph Kravtzoff is known for his dedication to the training unit, his exceptional knowledge and skill, and for consistently demonstrating the highest level of professionalism. In 2021, he trained five officers for a total of six months. He has been relied upon to train officers to phase one level on two occasions. This is usually a more difficult training phase and devoted to training inexperienced police officers. Detective Kravtzoff has been praised for always putting the needs of trainees first and for seeking opportunities to improve their skills.

Supervisor Excellence Award: Daniel Desormier

sergeant. Daniel Desormier supervises the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU). The TEU is authorized to have eight posts; however, for most of 2021 it was only staffed with four people. Despite this shortage, Sgt. Desormier maintained a positive and dynamic attitude, followed the job requirements and did an excellent job of keeping the team motivated and productive. Under his leadership in 2021, the TEU responded to 935 traffic accidents, issued 2,841 tickets and 865 written warnings, and investigated 12 traffic homicides. He also developed 27 Incident Action Plans for City and third-party events and managed the Crossing Guard program.

Pictured L-R: Chief David Gillespie, Detective Johnny Bynum, Administrative Assistant II Brandy Orr, Communications Officer III Ashleigh Mulla.


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