Statement From Sheriff Wayne Ivey Regarding Deadly Shooting Of Orlando Police Officer

By  //  January 9, 2017

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As most of you are aware, earlier today Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran with the Orlando Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty while attempting to apprehend a violent fugitive in Orlando, Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As most of you are aware, earlier today Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran with the Orlando Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty while attempting to apprehend a violent fugitive in Orlando, Florida.

Additionally, a Motor Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was killed in a vehicle crash while supporting efforts to search for the suspect. Anytime we lose a member of our law enforcement family, it takes a piece of each of us who share this profession.

In an effort to show support for our brothers and sisters from the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office I am requesting that black mourning bands be worn by our uniform personnel until the conclusion of funeral services for both Officers.

While information regarding funeral arrangements will be released when they become available, I ask that you keep the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orlando Police Department, and the families of our fallen heroes in your thoughts and prayers.

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These two officers made the ultimate sacrifice today in trying to protect their community and one another.

It is a very sad day for our State and our nation and I ask you to join me in prayer for their families as they face this tragedy.

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. 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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