BCSO Helps Support Annual ‘Superhero’ Run Benefiting Brevard’s ‘Guardian Ad Litem’ Program
By WAYNE IVEY, BREVARD SHERIFF // February 7, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This past Saturday I was honored to join our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit and Explorer Program as we helped support the annual Guardian Ad Litem “Superhero” 5k at the Avenue in Viera.
This year’s event served to help raise funds for “Friends of Children” which is an amazing organization that financially assists abused children in our community.
In addition to helping with the event, it was also my pleasure to introduce the Honorable Circuit Judge Kelly McKibben who gave the Oath of Office to new volunteers of the Guardian Ad Litem program.
If you are not familiar with the Guardian Ad Litem program, they are volunteers who help make sure that our most precious of victims, our children have a voice and someone to help comfort them in court and along their road to healing and recovery from various crimes.
If you would like to become a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem or simply learn more about their incredible program please visit their website at http://www.brevardfl.gov/GuardianAdLitem/Home or call them at 321-690-6823.
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.