Sheriff Ivey Commends Agency For Professionalism
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // March 1, 2014
Expresses Condolences, praises family
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Yesterday, members of our agency were forced to confront an armed man who had responded to the Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore Justice Center in Viera, posing and immediate and active threat to the safety of our citizens.
The man chose a location in direct proximity to a school, government office complex and courthouse for his designed tragic intentions. While the exact details of the incident are still being investigated, we are blessed that no innocent victims were harmed.
On behalf of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of the individual for the their loss.
I would also like to commend them for their immediate actions. For their concern of his harmful intentions led to the initial warning notifications in an effort to protect possible victims.
“I am extremely proud of the professionalism demonstrated by our agency members. This was a fluid situation concerning an individual who was, and had previously threatened the courthouse, judges and law enforcement. Each individual component of our response to this critical incident worked as designed, following specific protocols that are in place to ensure the safety of our community.” – Sheriff Wayne Ivey
While these incidents are truly unfortunate, law enforcement officers must always train and prepare for confrontations with individuals who have made a choice to threaten or harm a community.
Our deputies responded in a manner that was designed to contain a threat and then neutralize that threat based upon the actions of the individual. In this specific case, there were two attempts to use a less lethal response to an active threat, commonly known as a taser.
The man through his own actions resisted those attempts, determining how the incident would unfold and ultimately end.
I am extremely proud of the professionalism demonstrated by our agency members. This was a fluid situation concerning an individual who was, and had previously threatened the courthouse, judges and law enforcement.
Each individual component of our response to this critical incident worked as designed, following specific protocols that are in place to ensure the safety of our community.
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.