Mitch Matthias Completes BCSO Summer Internship

By  //  July 20, 2014

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FOLLOWING IN DAD'S FOOTSTEPS AT BCSO

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Mitchell Matthias, above left with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, completed the BCSO’s Internship Program with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office this summer. Matthias, a sophomore at Minot State, and a Merritt Island High graduate, was impressed with the way the Sheriff has created the internship opportunity, “because it has given me an overview of how the agency relies on every unit to function as a whole,” he said. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – We would like to congratulate Mitchell Matthias as he completes his Internship Program with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Some of you may recognize the last name, as Mitch is the son of BCSO Lt. Mike Matthias. 

Mitch, 20, is a graduate of Merritt Island High School and currently attends Minot State University (Minot, North Dakota) on a football scholarship, where he studies Criminal Justice as his major, with a minor in Administration and Management. He is one of seven college students that are taking advantage of the Internship Program at BCSO this summer.

When asked about his experience as an intern with our agency Mitch said: 

Mitch Matthias plays linebacker for for Minot State in Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder starred at Merritt Island High School for the Mustangs. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Mitch Matthias plays linebacker for Minot State in Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder starred at Merritt Island High School for the Mustangs and is planning to follow in his dad’s footsteps at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

“This summer I participated in the Internship Program that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office offers, and absolutely loved it. The members of this agency are all very informative and knowledgeable, and happy to help us understand why things work the way they work. Growing up with a father who is a Lieutenant with BCSO, I have a general understanding of the duties that a deputy performs; however, this internship has provided me great insight into how every unit within the agency works.

“I learned something new each and every day. Upon graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree, I plan a career in law enforcement, and will proudly pursue one of the many opportunities that the BCSO has to offer. I am so impressed with the way the Sheriff has created this internship opportunity, because it has given me an overview of how the agency relies on every unit to function as a whole. The Unit that interested me the most was the K9’s, because they were so diversely utilized, so well trained, and share an inseparable bond between dog and handler.

“I would strongly recommend this internship opportunity to anyone considering a career in law enforcement (at any level), because it will show you that this profession is so much more than just a deputy chasing bad guys or writing tickets. You will be investing time to learn more about a profession than you could ever imagine.”

We would like to thank Mitch and all of our interns for bringing an eagerness to learn, interest in our agency and educational insight! Enjoy the last several weeks of your summer and good luck with your all of your future endeavors.

If you or someone you know may be interested in our Internship Program, please call our Career Development Unit at 321-264-5281.

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.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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.

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.

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.


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