Sheriff Ivey Wins Proposal To Provide Port Security Services

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CPA COMMISSION VOTES 3-2 IN FAVOR OF BCSO

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey made a compelling presentation this morning to the Canaveral Port Authority, and will now provide Law Enforcement and Public Safety services at Port Canaveral.

UPDATE: May 14, 2014, 11:15 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey made a compelling presentation this morning to the Canaveral Port Authority, who then voted 3-2 in favor of  transferring the Law Enforcement and Public Safety services from the Port Canaveral police to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Voting in favor of the transfer was CPA Commissioner Chairman Tom Weinberg, Commissioner Bruce R. Bruce Deardoff and Commissioner Frank Sullivan. Voting against the proposal were Commissioner Jerry W. Allender and Commissioner Hank Evans.

The Port staff and sheriffs department will now work to formalize the contract with October 1 as the intended date for the transfer.

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ORIGINAL POST: Sheriff Proposal  Will Save Port  Money, Improve  Security Services

Proposal Details Transfer of Law Enforcement and Public Safety Services From the Canaveral Port Authority Police To the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey will present a proposal to the Canaveral Port Authority on Wednesday morning to transfer the Law Enforcement and Public Safety services from the Canaveral Port Authority police to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office proposal will save the Port Authority about $1.15 million from the Port’s projected fiscal year 2014-15, according to Sheriff Ivey’s memo sent to Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Tom Weinberg last month.

“The BCSO is the county’s recognized leader in Law Enforcement and Public Safety services,” said Sheriff Ivey in the memo.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

He went on to say, “The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has the resources, expertise, personnel, management and leadership to effectively address Port Canaveral’s business development and growth potential.
• The BCSO currently provides effective and efficient law enforcement and public safety services for the citizens of Brevard County to include the communities of Cape Canaveral, Grant / Valkaria and Malabar.
• The BCSO actively engages a Community Service, Crime Prevention and Customer Service Friendly philosophy, instrumental for current and future Port success.
• The BCSO model for the safety and welfare of our citizens has resulted in a positive partnership with our communities and businesses to include an incredible collaboration and communication with our local, state and federal Public Safety partners.”

Primarily, the reduction in costs is attributed to elimination of redundant supervisory and support positions. The BCSO’s current infrastructure will be utilized to fulfill all necessary functions.

The Sheriff’s Office, which serves approximately 550,000 citizens, said that they continue to operate very cost effectively where Brevard’s citizens pay much less for their Sheriff’s services than citizens pay in other counties.

“Effective and efficient public safety services translate to operational savings that can be used to attract new tourism and business revenue into our community,” said Sheriff Ivey.

BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SECURITY PARTNERSHIPS INCLUDE:

• Member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) since it is inception,
• Has agents currently cross designated with the Secret Service, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, ATF, Department of Homeland Security / ICE, IRS and the DEA,
• Active member of Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) which is a compilation of 17 state, local and federal agencies for the purposes of effective and timely dissemination of information sharing,
• Actively engaged in border searches in Port Canaveral,
• Member of the Internal Revenue Service-Secret Service (SCIRS-SS) a multi-jurisdictional task force,
• Active member of Central Florida HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) whose mission is to reduce the drug trafficking and violent crime in Central Florida,
• Active member of the Central Florida Regional Anti-Terrorism Task Force (RATTF). Duties include coordination of training, law enforcement disaster response, terrorist threat assessment and criminal investigative efforts. Conduct mandatory Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Level training for tactical response teams such as SWAT or Emergency Response Teams. Provides enhanced Unified Command Training. Conducts an annual full-scale functional exercise to validate training and maintain a state of readiness.

The Port Canaveral Police Department, which was began operations in 2009, currently has 30 sworn personnel providing law enforcement services and 44 non sworn personnel providing cargo security, badging, support services and dispatch.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, which has 900 deputies and 300 civilians employees, provides Law Enforcement and Public Safety Services for unincorporated Brevard County, and also for the cities of Cape Canaveral, Grant/Valkaria and Malabar. Also, later this year, the Sheriff’s office will begin directing the operation of Brevard County Animal Services.

Among the direct Port Authority benefits that was highlighted by Sheriff Ivey in his memo is access to the considerable resources of the Sheriff’s Office, and the return to the Port’s primary mission of business development and the production of strong economic growth opportunities in all four business lines at the Port — cargo, cruise, real estate and recreation.

The Canaveral Port Authority meeting to hear Sheriff Ivey’s proposal will start at 9 a.m. at the CPA building located at 445 Challenger Road in Port Canaveral.

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