First Responders Put Lives On the Line Every Day
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // August 31, 2013
INTRODUCING BREVARD PUBLIC SAFETY CHARITIES
ABOVE VIDEO: The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremony recognized and celebrated the many outstanding accomplishments and heroic actions taken throughout the year by BCSO employees.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As I travel throughout our county and talk with our community, I am so proud to hear the amazing number of positive comments about the job our Public Safety Officers do each and every day to protect our citizens.
Public Safety Officers includes our county law enforcement officers consisting of both the Sheriff’s Office and local Police Departments and our Fire/Rescue Partners. These employees make up our “first responders,” a collective group of local heroes who put their lives on the line every day to protect our community and help to keep us safe from harm.
During my 33-year law enforcement career, I have all too often seen members of our Public Safety family fall upon difficult times with personal concerns, family medical issues, or loss of life.
Each time a member faces a critical incident or tragedy, the community does everything possible to support them both emotionally and financially.
Commonly, the respective agency quickly arranges fundraising events and other activities to do everything they can to support their member.
I am always amazed and humbled by how much support the community provides to help Public Safety Officers during times of tragedy.
I am always amazed and humbled by how much support the community provides to help Public Safety Officers during times of tragedy. In fact as Sheriff, one of my initiatives was to create a public safety non-profit charity that would help members of our Brevard County Public Safety partners during these difficult or tragic times.
INTRODUCING BREVARD COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY CHARITIES, INC.
Over the past several months our team has been working hard to make that happen.
As a result, I am very pleased to announce that we have established the “Brevard County Public Safety Charity Inc.” This program will work with our community to help support those that work everyday to protect us.
The concept is to no longer wait for the emergency to happen, but to go into action now by creating a not-for profit that would facilitate events annually, generating the financial support for when that time of need arises.
Ideally, there will no longer be a need for a respective agency or community to react to a significant incident in an effort to provide support, but rather, would be able to concentrate their efforts on providing emotional stability for the Public Safety Officer. This newly created non-profit also provides for the creation of scholarships and other support activities for the community.
BATTLE FOR THE BADGES SET FOR SEPT. 14
In an effort to kick-start this worthy cause, we are holding “Battle For The Badges” BBQ Cook-Off, Cupcake War and Cornhole Tournament that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne (map above).
We are currently accepting registrations for each event, so regardless if you are a great cook, baker, or athlete, this is the event for you to showcase your talents while helping to support a very worthy cause.
Please plan to join us on September 14 for a great time with plenty of food, live music performed by several of our own members, kids games, raffle prizes (including firearms) and many more fun activities. With your generosity and support this event will be a great success!!
Thank you in advance for supporting this special community event. For additional information concerning the event or how to contribute, please visit BrevardSheriff.com or contact our Community Relations Coordinator Lindsey Deaton at 321-505-8752.
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.
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. 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.