Chief Mike Cantaloupe administered the Police Officer’s Oath to the newest member of the department. Jerry Nava, 38, was sworn in Monday afternoon. He is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela and came to the U.S. in 1997 with his mother and two brothers. In 2006, Nava joined the Fort Myers Police Department where he worked for four years. He later joined the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico before coming to Cocoa.
Nava will spend approximately three months with a field training officer learning the department’s policies and procedures before being deployed to solo duty. Officer Nava was among more than half a dozen new officers hired in 2016. The Cocoa Police Department continues to actively recruit for ongoing vacancies due to anticipated retirements and normal attrition.