BCSO SWAT, CRT Compete In International Competition
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // November 18, 2013
geared towards real life scenarios
This past week our SWAT & CRT teams competed in the annual SWAT Round-Up at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Range in Orlando, Florida.
This year’s event included 57 SWAT teams from around the world, including13 teams from international law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff’s Office competed with SWAT teams from Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Kuwait, Los Angeles Police Department and Boston Police Department, just to name a few.
The events are geared towards real life scenarios that challenge the team to function as a unit and accomplish mission driven tasks during stressful and difficult conditions. The event is not only a competition, but most importantly a training opportunity where instructors present information relating to critical high-risk incidents and responses from around the world.
“We are all competitors on the event field and comrades off, who proudly serve our communities throughout the world no matter what type of badge, shield or star we may wear,” said Lt. Jim Dodson. ’We strive to place first, but were honored to compete against so many incredible teams.”
The BCSO SWAT team consisted of Agent Brad Bellflower, Lieutenant John Boyd, Agent Todd Holland, Agent Zach Brown, Agent Steve Dishong, Agent Alex Sorokin, Agent Chris Neel and Deputy Colby Woodward.
The CRT team consisted of Corporal Timothy Fay, FTO Michael Ingram, Corrections Deputy William Bradshaw, Corrections Deputy Ronald Collins, Corrections Deputy Benjamin Smith, Corrections Deputy Jonathan Terryn, Corrections Deputy Danny Dean and Corrections Deputy Daniel Sacino.
“We are all competitors on the event field and comrades off, who proudly serve our communities throughout the world no matter what type of badge, shield or star we may wear,” said Lt. Jim Dodson. ‘We strive to place first, but were honored to compete against so many incredible teams.”
COMPETITION WAS OUTSTANDING
During each event element, the participants were tasked with running, negotiating obstacles then making precision shots with handguns, sub-machine guns and long rifles. The sniper element required participants to negotiate the same running and obstacles courses and then were asked to make shots of fingernail sized targets at varied distances between 70 and 300 yards.
“The competition this year was outstanding and our team was talented and experienced,” said agent Chris Neel. “I am truly honored and proud of the way they represented the Brevard County Sheriffs Office and our citizens. This competition is challenging, pushing every participant to be better, physically and mentally.”
Please join me in congratulating our teams for their hard work, dedication and commitment. This event means much more than competition. Each team develops and improves with networking and training relating to incidents that have changed our world, and bringing new methods and experiences back to better serve our citizens.
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.