Joe is a 39-year veteran of law enforcement who currently serves as the Director of Animal Services where he has been assigned since December of 2014. A Unit that was recently honored as the Animal Control Agency of the Year for the State of Florida. Retiring after 30 years of service from the Melbourne Police Department as the Deputy Chief of Police in March of 2009, he became the Chief of Police with the Canaveral Port Authority, creating Florida’s first Seaport Police Department, where he led the department to accredited status in 2013. In October of 2014, Chief Hellebrand retired from Port Canaveral to join the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Command Team.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He is a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy 197th session; the FBI’s Executive Development Center (LEEDS), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Executive Institute and has attended over 4000 hours of law enforcement training.
During his career he served in a variety of positions to include Field Training Officer, Canine Officer, Swat Officer/team Leader, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Emergency Services Team Commander, Operations Commander, Support Services Commander, Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Police.
Joe Hellebrand is a certified police instructor, an Adjunct Professor for the Florida Institute of Technology and Columbia College, an Advisory Board member for Kaplan University, is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), currently serves on the FBINAA Executive Board as a Vice President and will serve as the National President in 2021. He is a two (2) time President of the Brevard County Chiefs of Police Association, serves as Chairman of the Central Florida Law Enforcement Data Consortium, is a Board Member for the Center for Law Enforcement Technology Training and Research and is a Committee Co-Chair for the Regional Domestic Security Task Force.
He is a proud parent and grandparent who enjoys spending his spare time in the outdoors.