BCSO Bomb Unit Competes In Regional Advanced Robot Operations Competition

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22 teams competed in different categories

This week, our BCSO Bomb Squad competed in the 2015 Regional Advanced Robot Operations Competition, which was held in Orlando. (BCSO image)

This week, our BCSO Bomb Squad competed in the 2015 Regional Advanced Robot Operations Competition, which was held in Orlando. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This week, our BCSO Bomb Squad competed in the 2015 Regional Advanced Robot Operations Competition, which was held in Orlando.

The two-day training and competition included Bomb Squads from around the state Florida.

There were 22 teams competing in several different expertise skill challenges and competitions.

More than just a training event or competition, the Bomb Squad Robot Rodeo is much greater and encompassing.

Ultimately it is an opportunity for Bomb Squad members from across the state to come together as one to train and learn from each other.

Each of the skills challenges put on during the two-day event are geared for simulation of real life scenarios and are intended to physically and mentally challenge the team as a unit,

At the conclusion of the event, the BCSO Bomb Squad brought home a fourth place finish in the robot skills challenge, as well as a second and fourth place in the Bomb Suit X-Ray challenge.

I could not be more proud of this year’s team for the dedication and commitment they demonstrated towards representing our agency in this prestigious event.

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Our Bomb Squad members are one of only a few in the state who are FBI certified, they are highly trained and equipped to address the worst of the worst to keep our communities and citizens safe.

We are very proud of our team members who not only support our needs but also respond and address every request and need for all federal, state, and local partners 24 hours a day 365 days a year! Essentially, they respond to every call for service of this nature in our county including all calls for service at the Port.

Our Bomb Squad unit is comprised of Sergeant Kurt Benfant, Corporal Scott Carson, Corporal James Kirby, corporal Ben Wheeler, Agent Jay Church, Agent Troy Deavers, Agent Mike Fletcher, Agent Mike Helms, Deputy Steve Diliberto, Deputy Jason Diogo, Deputy Jason Holmes, and Deputy John Jeffries.

Please join me in congratulating the team for their incredible accomplishments, efforts, and commitment to protecting our community.

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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