Chief Melvin “Mel” Williams, Retired
Chief Mel Williams has served as the Director of Public Safety for Bethune-Cookman University since October 2009. Chief Williams was a member of the Titusville Police Department from 1988 until he retired to come to Bethune-Cookman University. He held the rank of “Major” at the time of his retirement and was in charge of the Support Services Division. He has been a police officer since 1980, starting his law enforcement career with the Orlando Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, auxiliary motorcycle officer, mounted patrol officer, field training officer, field training coordinator, patrol sergeant, administrative assistant to Deputy Chief of Patrol, and investigations sergeant over Youth Services.
As a member of the Titusville Police Department, he worked in the Uniformed Patrol Division, with the Tactical Patrol Unit, and with the Neighborhood Patrol Unit (Bicycle Patrol). He has supervised the Special Investigations Section, Community Services Division, Youth Services Division, Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and the Administration Division. He served as the department’s Training and Community Policing Coordinators. He also served as the supervisor of the Color Guard and Honor Guard Units, as a member of the Recruitment Team, as team Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team, and as Commander of the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and is past Executive Director of the Titusville Police Athletic League (PAL).
Chief Williams graduated from the University of the State of New York with an Associate of Science degree in Liberal Studies, from Excelsior College with his Bachelors degree in Administrative/Management Studies, and from the University of Central Florida with his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has also attended numerous other management and executive leadership courses, including the prestigious Southern Police Institute’s 109th Administrative Officers Course, FDLE’s Chief Executive Seminar – Class #31, and the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association’s New Chief’s Seminar.
Chief Williams is a current member of the Volusia/Flagler Police Chief’s Association, Florida Police Chief’s Association, HBCU-Law Enforcement Executives Association, Southern Police Institute’s Alumni Association, a member of the board of directors for the Florida Safety Council, past President of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Alumni Association, past Secretary of the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police, past Treasurer of the Titusville Police Athletic League, immediate past president of the State of Florida Association of Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, is past president of the Florida Safety Council, is the past President of the Titusville Sunrise Kiwanis Club, was an Advisory Board member for the Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration (Brevard County Weed and Seed Initiative), and has served as a member of the Brevard County United Way Neighborhood Partnership Committee. He is also a former adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Keiser University and a current adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Bethune-Cookman University.