Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Week

By  //  May 17, 2016

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7:45 p.m. Friday at Police Hall of Fame

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This week is National Police Memorial Week (May 15-21, 2016), a week when we stand united to recognize our fallen heroes who are resting in peace knowing that they were servants, peacemakers and protectors!

In 2015 there were 126 Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty throughout the United States. All who were lost shared a common bond, the desire to protect their communities and a willingness to stand against evil. They didn’t make the choice to become a Law Enforcement Officer for money or prestige, but for the love of the job and a passion for service!

For the past 36 years, I have served proudly as a Law Enforcement Officer and quite honestly, could never imagine doing anything else. I grew up being taught by my parents that Law Enforcement Officers were our heroes and were to be respected as public servants.

But today, we see Law Enforcement Officers being physically and verbally attacked for their service.

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As part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, this coming Friday at 7:00 P.M., the American Police Hall of Fame will host a Law Enforcement Memorial Service for Officers that have died in the line of duty. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily)

Through some unexplainable twist of morality, everything that happens is now law enforcement’s fault, not those who intended on victimizing our communities.

Just 15 years ago, Law Enforcement Officers were heralded as heroes as they along with our Firefighter partners ran into the World Trade Center to save lives as it collapsed around them. Yet today they are the victims of malicious attacks from those who think it’s okay to harm the very men and women who stand to protect them as they sleep safely in their beds.

When did that become okay? When did it become okay to turn on those that protect us? It didn’t, and it never will!

I am very proud to tell you that in Brevard County we are truly blessed to have an incredible community that respect us, that trust us and that has partnered with us to fight crime and protect our community!! For that, we will forever be grateful, as there is no greater tribute than to have the respect and admiration of our citizens and community!!

To those who speak ill of us and the job we do, I respond by saying, we are truly blessed to live in a country where everyone has the right to peacefully express their opinion.

However, I can only hope that your opinion, if negative, will turn positive when you realize that we stand as your first and only line of defense to protect you from criminals.

If your loved one is missing, I promise you that we will respond in full force to help find them. If your family is harmed by criminals I promise you that we will work around the clock to seek justice. And more than anything else if you will stand with us I promise you that together we will protect the community that we all love!

To those who would attack us with an evil intent to hurt or kill, let there be no doubt, we are a unified family.

No matter what color of uniform or shape of badge on our chest, we will respond with swift justice against anyone who attempts to harm us or our citizens. We will prevail in stopping crime and we will not allow criminals to harm us or those we took an oath to protect!

As part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, this coming Friday at 7:00 P.M., the American Police Hall of Fame will host a Law Enforcement Memorial Service for Officers that have died in the line of duty.

The annual event is in recognition of slain Law Enforcement Officers from around the country where family and friends will gather together to honor their memory.

Those in attendance and the thousands of others holding similar ceremonies across our great nation will stand in unity, symbolizing an incredible family who join together to recognize service and sacrifice in honor of those who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.

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The ceremonies are sullen as the names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice are read, with each name proudly memorialized for their passion and memory as they were a spouse, mom, dad, son, daughter, brother, sister, or friend.

Memorial services are about passion and honor. Passion for our lost loved ones and those who continue to serve. No one joins this profession just to have something to do. Law Enforcement Officers are different, different because of their passion and commitment for doing a job that requires them to put their own life in harm’s way to protect others. They are different because they each live with the distinct possibility that each and every shift may be the last time they see their family and friends. Different because for far too many, that possibility becomes reality!

Please join us at the Police Hall of Fame this Friday night at 7:45 P.M. for the Memorial Service to honor our great heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

I would also like to personally thank the Police Hall of Fame and every group or civic organization who reaches out to the survivors of our heroes in love and support.

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Please take a moment this week to pause in silence and reflection for our heroes for in America, our heroes live on in our hearts forever!

I would also ask that as you go about each day please take a moment to thank any Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, or member of our Armed Services for their commitment to protecting our community and great nation.

Believe me, that smile, hand shake or pat on the back is a truly powerful message that he or she will forever cherish.

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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