Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Inmate ‘Chain Gang’ Assists In Lagoon Fish Kill Cleanup

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has provided approx. $175k annually in free labor

Earlier this week, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Inmate "Chain Gang" was assigned to assist in the cleanup efforts of the Lagoon Fish Kill. (BCSO image)

Earlier this week, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Inmate “Chain Gang” was assigned to assist in the cleanup efforts of the Lagoon Fish Kill. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Earlier this week, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Inmate “Chain Gang” was assigned to assist in the cleanup efforts of the Lagoon Fish Kill.

County Manager Stockton Whitten had requested support in the “cleanup” that is impacting our community.

Our “Chain Gang” was immediately assigned to assist and work closely with the Parks and Recreation Department that was taking the lead in the cleanup effort.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Inmate “Chain Gang” is the only Chain Gang in the state of Florida and one of very few in the country. The program is designed to serve as a deterrent toward crime and to use inmates to offset labor costs in an effort to save our taxpayers money.

The true value in our Chain Gang is awareness. By working along our roadways, those who are thinking about breaking the law can see what will happen.

The Chain Gang has provided approximately $175,000 annually in free labor to assist in various projects throughout Brevard County.

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The Chain Gang works daily to provide labor for projects such as cleaning kennels at our Animal Care Centers, walking dogs for Animal Services, roadside cleanup, assisting Keep Brevard Beautiful, assisting in the “It’s Time To Be A Parent Again” program, assisting in the Brevard Attitude Modification (B.A.M.) program, and other labor driven tasks throughout Brevard County.

If you know of a project on Public Property that needs some type of cleanup or improvement, please contact our Inmate Work Program at 321-747-0205. Our Inmate Work Program Supervisors will evaluate the request for assistance and utilize inmate labor to facilitate the need.

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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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