Back To School Safety Tips From Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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School back in session TODAY

As school starts back so do after school and weekend activities. While we should routinely tell our kids not to drink or do drugs we must also routinely talk to them about making “good” choices on other matters as well.

As school starts back so do after school and weekend activities. While we should routinely tell our kids not to drink or do drugs we must also routinely talk to them about making “good” choices on other matters as well.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As we continue to focus our Crime Prevention efforts on child safety and back to school type activities I wanted to share with our parents some ideas about how to talk with their children concerning safety and doing the right thing.

The BCSO Crime Prevention Unit, Patrol Unit and Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) members were out in force at Publix stores across the county supporting their Back to School child safety event by providing fingerprinting services and K9 demonstrations. "I would like to thank all of our staff and Publix for their continued support to keep our community a safe place to call home," said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

The BCSO Crime Prevention Unit, Patrol Unit and Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) members were out in force at Publix stores across the county supporting their Back to School child safety event by providing fingerprinting services and K9 demonstrations. “I would like to thank all of our staff and Publix for their continued support to keep our community a safe place to call home,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. (BCSO image)

As school starts back so do after school and weekend activities. While we should routinely tell our kids not to drink or do drugs we must also routinely talk to them about making “good” choices on other matters as well.

Sometimes how we talk to them is the difficult part that often creates a communication barrier. While we should always be firm with our kids in directing them to make the right choices we must also let them know that it is okay to let us know that they have done something wrong or not made a good choice.

The last thing we want is for our kids to be afraid that they can’t share a mistake with their parents because they will be in trouble.

While there are always consequences for our actions our kids need to know they can come to us in time of trouble.

As a parent of four children I have found that it is often easier to lead kids where we want them to go than it is to push them there.

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If your child is away from home and has a cellular telephone a subtle text message CAN BE an effective and accepted method to remind them that they should make “good” choices.

I have also learned that there are generational differences in communication and that our method of delivery is often the determining factor in how they receive our message.

If your child is away from home and has a cellular telephone a subtle text message CAN BE an effective and accepted method to remind them that they should make “good” choices.

I recently saw a great brochure from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration that offered the following great subtle reminders that can be delivered by text message to your child and still have a reminding effect.

REMEMBER THESE HELPFUL TEXTS

• Remember don’t drink tonight. If you are offered something to drink tell them you PROMISED ME you wouldn’t tonight.
• Have fun tonight. Remember your curfew and if you need anything please call me.
• Have fun tonight. Remember alcohol can lead you to say things that you can never take back.
• Hey!! Have fun tonight. Wanted 2 remind you not 2 drink at the party.
• Hey! Let me know what u r doing tonight and where u r. You know I worry about you!
• Hey, where r u? Let me know. Love u.
• I trust you 2 make good decisions 2nite. Let me know if you need anything.
• I want you to have fun 2nite but remember to be safe.
• Just because ur friends drink doesn’t mean u have to.
• Don’t forget if your plans change, let me know.
• I’m so glad you are my son/daughter. You make me so proud!

Always have a code that if you child is in an uncomfortable situation they can text so you know they need help.

Thank you again for taking the time to read our Weekly Crime Prevention Tip and as always please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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