Brevard Volunteer Gets Presidential Service Award

By  //  February 11, 2015

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Joe Downs volunteered over 500 hours

Earlier this week, I had the honor of presenting Joe Downs a member of our Citizen Observer Patrol, with the Presidential Volunteer Award for volunteering over 500 hours to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. (BCSO image)

Sheriff Wayne Ivey, right, presents Joe Downs, a member of BCSO’s Citizen Observer Patrol, with the Presidential Volunteer Award for volunteering over 500 hours with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — I had the honor of presenting Joe Downs, a member of our Citizen Observer Patrol, with the Presidential Volunteer Award for volunteering over 500 hours to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

BCSO-STAR-180Joe mainly volunteers helping with our Project Life Saver Program.

PLS is a program that helps with tracking and locating persons with Alzheimer’s and related mental dysfunction disorders such as Down’s Syndrome or Autism.

In addition to working with our PLS Program, Joe also coordinates our Time To Be A Parent Again pilot program in three other counties and also serves as the Board Chair for TRIAD in Brevard County.

Earlier this week, I had the honor of presenting Joe Downs a member of our Citizen Observer Patrol, with the Presidential Volunteer Award for volunteering over 500 hours to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Please join me in thanking Joe for everything he does for our agency and community and congratulating him for receiving this amazing award. (BCSO image)

In addition to working with the Brevard County Sheriff Office Project Life Saver Program, Joe Downs, center, also coordinates BCSO’s Time To Be A Parent Again pilot program in three other counties. He also serves as the Board Chair for TRIAD in Brevard County. (BCSO image)

Please join me in thanking Joe for everything he does for our agency and community and congratulating him for receiving this amazing award.

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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