Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Initiatives Receive Awards
By Space Coast Daily // October 24, 2014
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Team were recognized with State-Wide honors from the Florida Crime Prevention Association at the annual awards banquet held on October 23 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando.
The President’s Award honors the law enforcement administrator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to crime prevention by actively participating in prevention strategies and supporting prevention efforts through the resources of their law enforcement agency.
The Crime Prevention Unit of the Year award recognizes the special efforts and exceptional accomplishments performed by an agency’s Crime Prevention Unit.
The Florida Crime Prevention Association is the oldest crime prevention association in the United States and annually honors law enforcement and community partners for their efforts toward preventing crime, while educating and involving their communities in effective, long- lasting prevention strategies.
“I am truly honored our agency was recognized by receiving this award,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“Our Community Services Team has done an exceptional job in building partnerships and delivering our Crime Prevention message to our community. Our extensive focus on crime prevention has resulted in many new and innovative programs, such as the Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force, which improves the quality of life for our communities.”
“Without question the Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force concept with our local agency partners has helped to strongly engage our citizens in the war on crime. I firmly believe crime prevention and education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.”
Both Sheriff Ivey and the Community Services Unit were selected from nominations received throughout the State of Florida and over 200 law enforcement personnel were in attendance at the awards banquet.
Members of the Community Services Team include:
Commander Mike DeMorat, Lieutenant Mike Scully, Sergeant David Marich, Corporal Pamela Hibbs, Corporal John Martinez, FTO Sherri Somers, Crime Prevention Officer Wanda Mulcahy, Teen Driving Coordinator Tonja Tucker, Community Services Support Specialist Elizabeth Humphreys, Community Relations Coordinator Lindsey Deaton, Public Information Officer David Jacobs, Media Programs Manager Cheryl Sink, Media Productions Engineer Ray Dils and Citizen Volunteers Catherine Nedrud, William Donovan and Joseph Downs.
Major accomplishments of the Community Services Team include:
• Establishing Brevard Sheriff TV which makes Sheriff’s Office Public Service Announcements and crime prevention tips available to anyone with Internet access.
• Social media reaching on average 800,000 people per month. Weekly Crime Prevention Tips and Public Service Announcements are sent out through our agency Facebook page.
• Community Presentations and Special Events
• Brevard Safe Kids Academy: This concept and curriculum was developed by our Community Services Team and is offered to children ages 5-12. It is conducted in a classroom setting and children receive hands on practical experience in stranger awareness, dialing 911, internet safety, home safety, anti-bullying and fire safety.
• County-wide Crime Prevention Task Force: Is a multi-agency partnership designed to work collaboratively on crime prevention initiatives in an effort to reduce crime throughout Brevard County.
• Project Life Saver GPS monitoring program serving clients who suffer from a diminished mental capacity and have displayed the likelihood of walking away from their residence.
• Neighborhood Watch programs
• Residential and Business security surveys
• “Shop with a Cop” Holiday Program serving children from families in financial need by providing them the opportunity to shop with a deputy sheriff with donated funds for gifts for themselves or family members.
• Teen Driver Challenge: the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Teen Driver program continues to be the number one provider of teen driver instruction program in the State.
• Anti-Bullying Presentation
• Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy
• Sheriff’s Explorer’s Program
• “Camp Chance” Program: Children from local not-for-profit organizations interact with deputies and experience canoeing, fishing, basketball, airboat rides, K-9’s and helicopter displays as well as Safe Kids Academy demonstrations by agency personnel.
• College Bound Readiness class provides outgoing high school seniors with a variety of crime prevention tips as they prepare to enter college.