CRIME TIP: Sheriff Focuses On Importance of Parenting In Today’s World
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 22, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As Father’s Day draws to a close I thought we would focus our Weekly Crime Prevention Message on the importance of parenting in today’s world and the importance of being involved in our children’s lives at every level.
Currently the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is the only agency in the country that presents the parenting program titled “It’s Time To Be A Parent Again” that was created by our agency to empower parents to be the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in their child’s life.
Over the next few weeks we will explore some of the dynamic points of the It’s Time To Be A Parent Again program to offer parents every resource possible to steer their kids toward success!!
FIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOOD PARENTS:
Loving – Make sure that your children know how much you love them by communicating it to them both verbally and by your actions. Ask them if they know you love them and more importantly if they know how much.
Responsible – Teach them the importance of being responsible by showing them your levels of responsibility. If they learn to be responsible for their actions as a child they will truly understand the importance of being responsible as an adult.
Accountable – Demonstrate to your children that being accountable for your actions is one of the most vital characteristic in society. By teaching them that there are consequences for their actions we teach them to be accountable in life for decades to come.
Role Model – Part of being a parent is understanding that everything our children see us do translates into them seeing us as a role model. Our job as parents is to try and always exhibit positive examples for our children to follow to include being responsible and accountable in our every day lives.
Effective Communicator – As parents we routinely tell our kids what to do and how they should do it as we try to guide them through their young lives. Part of effective communication that can’t be overlooked however is being a good listener and reader of our children’s actions. What our children tell us is equally as important as what we tell them and they must always know that no matter how bad a situation is they can always turn to their parents for help.
Next week we will focus our attention on some of the philosophical differences in parenting today verses yesterday.
As always, thank you for taking time to read this Crime Prevention Message and for sharing it with your family and friends!!
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.
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. 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.