Police Hall of Fame Recognizes Outstanding Work

By  //  July 19, 2014

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Donald Thompson, Michael Austin, Richard Knight, Sam Brown, Michael Foster and Susan Ivey were recognized during a ceremony on Thurdsay at the Police Hall of Fame in Titusville. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Police Hall of Fame recognized numerous members of our local law enforcement community as well as Corporal Donald Thompson of the Los Angeles Police Department for their outstanding efforts to help protect our citizens.

Wayne & Susan Ivey (BCSO image)

Susan Ivey was honored with the “Law Enforcement Spouse” Award for her continued support of her husband Wayne through the years as a law enforcement officer, and now as Sheriff of Brevard County. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Cpl. Thompson was awarded the Silver Star for Bravery for his life saving efforts in 2013 to rescue the driver of a burning car that was fully engulfed. Cpl. Thompson was injured during the rescue but was successful in saving the drivers life.

Among those recognized were Michael Austin and Richard Knight of the Titusville Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol and Sam Brown who not only serves as a member of the Titusville Police Department’s, Citizens On Patrol but is also a proud member and Coordinator for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Citizens Observer Patrol (COP) Unit as well.

All three men were praised for their outstanding commitment as volunteers who work countless hours to help protect their community.

Michael Foster of Miami, Florida was recognized for his longtime commitment to law enforcement by being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Foster worked extensively in the south Florida area to help challenged neighborhoods create better environments for their citizens.

Also recognized at the event was my beautiful wife, Susan Ivey, who was honored to receive the “Law Enforcement Spouse” Award for her continued support of me through the years as a law enforcement officer and now as Sheriff of Brevard County.

The “Law Enforcement Spouse” award has only been presented to five other recipients since 1972 and I could not be more proud of Susan for being honored with this award. I am so thankful for her incredible support, love, and understanding of my passion for serving our community and for everything she has done to support our family through the years.

Please join me in congratulating everyone who was recognized and also in thanking the Police Hall of Fame for their continued support of law enforcement officers throughout the country.

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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