Dr. Melanie Bevan, chief of police for the Bradenton, Florida police department, was recently appointed to the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. Bevan, who has been with the police department for nearly two years, was appointed to the council by Governor Rick Scott.
Bevan’s placement on the council caps off her 31-year career in law enforcement. Prior to joining the Bradenton Police Department, Bevan was assistant chief at the St. Petersburg Police Department. In addition to her police work, she served as a consultant for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, an adjunct professor at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and as an authenticator for Major League Baseball.
According to her official police profile, Bevan’s police work includes the specialized positions of narcotics detective, field training officer and supervisor, SWAT team member, canine unit commander, intelligence unit commander and street crimes unit commander.
Bevan earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota in 2010. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.
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