Crime Prevention Task Force Partners With B.E.L.T.
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // January 13, 2014
engages citizens to assist law enforcement
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — This past week the Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force started a new program to further engage our citizens in helping our law enforcement agencies keep our communities safe.
Brevard Employees Lookout Team (B.E.L.T.) allows us to partner with the employees of our local business community to be on the lookout for criminal activity and various types of suspicious behavior that otherwise may go unreported.
By providing education and awareness on the various crime trends to the thousand of employees in our community we immediately engage them in serving as lookouts for criminal activity.
The unique feature of this new program is that it works to educate employees of ALL businesses to be on the lookout for criminal activity while they travel to and from work as well as go about their daily lives.
IN-DEPTH OVERVIEW OF TYPES OF CRIMES
In addition to talking with the employees about the various ways they can contact law enforcement to report suspicious activities, the program provides an in-depth overview of the types of crimes and activities to be on the lookout for such as Narcotics, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Burglary, Violent Crime, and Human Trafficking.
I would like to personally congratulate and thank Bansbach Easylift of Melbourne for being the first business in Brevard County to have their employees become B.E.L.T participants.
If you are interested in having your business and employees become part of the B.E.L.T program please contact our Community Services Unit at 32-1 264-7755 to arrange for a presentation.
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.