City News | City of Melbourne, Florida

The Melbourne Police Service is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new headquarters, the Joseph Pellicano Law Enforcement Centre. A ceremony to celebrate this momentous occasion with members of our community and elected leaders will be held September 14 at 11 a.m. at 250 West NASA Boulevard (northeast corner of NASA Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).

Voters in Melbourne approved funding for the design and construction of a new police facility through general bonds in a referendum on November 6, 2018. The new two-storey 76,390 square foot building will bring together all MPD divisions under one roof to help make emergency response more effective and streamline information sharing. Outbuildings on site will include covered storage for oversized vehicles, an auxiliary building for evidence analysis and storage not requiring air conditioning, and secure storage areas for impounded vehicles and equipment. The new facility will also include a community hall where residents and officers can work together to help make neighborhoods safer.

Melbourne City Council named the facility after Officer Joseph Pellicano, who is the only member of the Melbourne Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. Constable Pellicano’s end of shift came on October 17, 1986, when he was struck before dawn while directing traffic at a house fire on Sarno Road. Constable Pellicano had worked at the Melbourne Police Department as a patrol officer for 3½ years at the time of his death. He had been awarded the department’s exceptional service bar twice, including once in 1983 for pulling a person from a burning building. He coached in the Police Athletic League and attended Brevard Community College, where he was working towards his associate’s degree in criminal justice. Officer Pellicano had an excellent reputation in the department and was a respected member of the law enforcement family.