Sheriff’s Featured Warrior Is Agent Derek Cheek

By  //  December 11, 2014

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BCSO recognized as one of the top agencies

Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as one of the top 24 agencies in the country by Military Times Magazine’s “Best For Vets.” The rankings, followed agency evaluations for recruiting, service member related policies, rules for Reservists, and departmental culture. We are truly proud of this incredible national distinction and as such wanted to dedicate each Wednesday to recognizing a member of our agency for their prior and current service in the Armed Forces. (BCSO image)

Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as one of the top 24 agencies in the country by Military Times Magazine’s “Best For Vets.” The rankings, followed agency evaluations for recruiting, service member related policies, rules for Reservists, and departmental culture. We are truly proud of this incredible national distinction and as such wanted to dedicate each Wednesday to recognizing a member of our agency for their prior and current service in the Armed Forces. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as one of the top 24 agencies in the country by Military Times Magazine’s “Best For Vets.”

The rankings, followed agency evaluations for recruiting, service member related policies, rules for Reservists, and departmental culture.

We are truly proud of this incredible national distinction and as such wanted to dedicate each Wednesday to recognizing a member of our agency for their prior and current service in the Armed Forces.

This week’s Wednesday Warrior is Agent Derek Cheek.

In 2003, Agent Derek Cheek started his military career when he was only 18 years old by joining the United States Marine Corps and attending Boot Camp in Paris Island, SC.

Subsequent to attending boot camp, Derek was off to his first of three deployments overseas, as his unit was deployed to Fallujah during Operation Phantom Fury. Derek was attached as point man to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 3rd Platoon, 1st Squad’s Fire Team.

Derek Cheek

Derek Cheek

Derek was one of 1,300 in his Battalion that was a part of over 10,000 Marines sent to Fallujah to take back the town from insurgents. Derek recalls over 100 Marines being fatally wounded in the battle with 13 being from his company during a month long battle that involved going door to door in search of an enemy that had months to plan for their attack.

Derek returned to the United States following his initial deployment and was then assigned as part of the rescue effort in Louisiana during the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Their mission was to aid in the recovery of those stranded after the storm. As part of the rescue team, Derek recalls the incredible devastation from the storm and at times saw devastation that was worse than Iraq.

Derek Creek, above, returned to the United States following his initial deployment and was then assigned as part of the rescue effort in Louisiana during the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Their mission was to aid in the recovery of those stranded after the storm. As part of the rescue team, Derek recalls the incredible devastation from the storm and at times saw devastation that was worse than Iraq.

Derek Creek, above, returned to the United States following his initial deployment and was then assigned as part of the rescue effort in Louisiana during the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Their mission was to aid in the recovery of those stranded after the storm. As part of the rescue team, Derek recalls the incredible devastation from the storm and at times saw devastation that was worse than Iraq.

In 2006, Derek was called back to deployment as part of a Marine Expedition Unit in the Mediterranean Sea where he and his team traveled abroad training allies from other countries on the most current tactics and military strategies. However it was also during this deployment that Derek and his unit were part of a team that evacuated all US Citizens from Lebanon when the embassy was attacked.

Once returning from his latest deployment Derek attended the Law Enforcement Academy of then Brevard Community College in 2007. In 2008, Derek was hired and sworn in as a Brevard County Deputy Sheriff. During his tenure with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Derek has served as a Deputy Sheriff in the North and West Precincts before being selected for our countywide TAC team. Derek is currently assigned as an agent with the Game Over Task force that focuses on the worst of the worst violent offenders in Brevard County.

Derek is currently a member of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and is also active in the Marine Reserves. Derek is actively pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with plans to pursue his Master’s Degree in Counter Intelligence through the American Military University.

We are honored to have Agent Derek Cheek as a member of this Agency and we are proud of the level of humbleness, bravery, patriotism, and professionalism that he carries in all aspects of his life.

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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