Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s New Program Offers Parenting Guidance
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // March 11, 2016
no cost for parents
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Today’s parents and children face challenges like never before.
Drugs, gangs, bullying and even social media have completely changed our ability to keep watch over our children and give them constant guidance.
Parenting is the most demanding job in the world. To make matters more challenging, many parents are unsure of what they can legally do to keep their children on the right track.
In response to a growing call from parents, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office introduced two incredible programs to help parents and point troubled kids on a new path.
The stark reminder about the importance of parenting our kids is evident on every flyer for the It’s Time To Be A Parent Again program: Because…It’s Hard to Tough Love Your Kids; It’s Harder to Visit Them in Prison; It’s Almost Unimaginable to Visit Them in a Cemetery.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey and State Attorney Phil Archer present this empowering program designed to help parents become the chief law enforcement officer in their children’s lives by giving them the tools, resources and philosophy to steer their kids away from trouble and toward success.
After meeting with many exasperated parents, an additional component was added. The Brevard Attitude Modification program is designed to take youth, ages 10 to 17, into a jail-like setting to give them a realistic look at where continuing to make bad choices will lead them.
It also gives them an alternative path and guidance toward positive choices for the future.
The program is designed to help parents with kids who are making bad choices in life, starting to get in trouble or aligning themselves with poor associates.
On program day, youths appear before a circuit court judge and are sentenced to the B.A.M. program. They are then handcuffed, shackled and loaded onto our transport bus, which transports them to the B.A.M. facility. Upon arrival at the facility, youths are booked in and changed into real jail attire.
Then the program really begins with an interactive experience with jail staff and prisoners. From there, the youths begin to learn how life is in jail, and the consequences of their choices.
This phenomenal program was designed to encompass the consequences of poor attitudes, bad decisions, and committing crimes.
In this program, we hold nothing back. The program gives youth a healthy dose of realism and educates them about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol. We also educate them on making smart decisions when dealing with peer pressure from friends.
We will not only teach them what not to do, but offer them instruction and guidance in a new direction for the future. Positive choices are presented through life skills training and even a career fair.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is incredibly proud to present these programs at no cost to parents.
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.