CRIME FIGHTER! Brevard County Sheriff Ivey Slashes Crime Rate 19 Percent Since 2013
By Space Coast Daily // February 13, 2018
Aggressively Pursuing the Worst of the Worst Criminals, Innovative New Partnerships
CRIME FIGHTER! Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey talks with Giles Malone of Space Coast Daily in an exclusive interview about the 5.8% decrease in the reported Crime Rate as compared to 2016, and an overall decrease of 19.05% for the areas of BCSO’s responsibility since January 2013.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office announced that they have submitted the 2017 Uniform Crime Report information, which reflects the lowest Brevard County crime rate in the past 22 years.
The 2017 UCR data reflects a significant 5.8% decrease in the reported Crime Rate as compared to 2016, and an overall decrease of 19.05% for the areas of BCSO’s responsibility since January 2013.
The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) contains official data on crime that is reported from law enforcement agencies across the United States. Florida UCR numbers reflect the crimes reported by Florida law enforcement agencies. The UCR focuses on seven major crimes, including homicide, robbery, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny/theft and arson.
“As the Sheriff of Brevard County, I am so proud of the cooperative initiatives between Brevard’s Law Enforcement agencies and the partnerships we have forged with our citizens,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“The incredible efforts of Brevard County’s Law Enforcement Officers and State Attorney’s Office, coupled with strong prison sentences for violent offenders, are truly making a difference. Let there be no doubt, if we keep violent criminals behind bars, the crime rate goes down. It is really that simple! Criminals have no boundaries, so partnerships between Law Enforcement, our State Attorney and our citizens are vital to lowering our crime rate and keeping Brevard County a safe place to live, work and raise our families.”
State Attorney Phil Archer added, “The reduction in the crime rate is a direct result of our Sheriff, Police Chiefs, State Attorney and community working together to ensure criminals are arrested, prosecuted and convicted. It sends a strong message that criminal behavior will not be tolerated in our community.”
Aggressively Pursuing the Worst of the Worst Criminals
While there are many factors that have aided in lowering the crime rate, collective partnerships between Brevard County Law Enforcement agencies and local citizens have been one of the most impacting.
“By partnering together with programs like the GAMEOVER Task Force, the Economic Crimes Task Force, and one of the first in the country, Crime Prevention Task Force, Brevard County Law Enforcement agencies have partnered together to protect the citizens of Brevard County,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“For example, the GAMEOVER Task Force and the Graffiti Busters Program were initiated to combat violent crime and gang activity within Brevard County. Resources from various agencies were used to identify, monitor, and arrest violent offenders.”
Sheriff Ivey said that by working together and sharing resources, intelligence information, and inter-agency communication, BCSO greatly enhanced and accomplished its goal of a safer community. The initiative was designed to measure success not by the number of arrests, but in the quality of arrests made. By targeting and aggressively pursuing the “worst of the worst” criminals, a clear message is sent to criminals that Brevard Law Enforcement agencies are serious about taking them out of the game.
Innovative New Partnerships
Recently, Brevard County’s Law Enforcement community launched two new innovative partnership concepts, the Economic Crimes Task Force and the Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force, that were both designed to share resources to protect Brevard citizens.
“The Economic Crime Unit is responsible for investigating identity theft, exploitation of elderly, schemes to defraud, income tax fraud, public assistance fraud, money laundering, and/or any substantial fraudulent type crimes where the victims suffer a loss,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“This initiative, through a three-prong approach of coordinated efforts in the areas of Aggressive Investigation, Victim Advocacy, and Prevention demonstrates a “Best Practice” approach to combating this ever-pressing problem.”
The Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force is a multi-agency partnership designed to work collaboratively on crime prevention initiatives in an effort to reduce crime throughout Brevard County.
“In addition to the creation of consistent crime prevention messaging, the partnership works collectively to develop innovative crime prevention programs for our communities,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“The Task Force serves as a force multiplier in the area of Crime Prevention for all participating agencies and their communities. Combining personnel and resources allows each participating member to broaden their respective crime prevention efforts.”
Aggressive Crime Prevention
While developing this concept, other programs around the country were researched regarding their respective operations, effectiveness and efficiency. While other prevention programs do exist, this concept appears to be the first where multiple law enforcement agencies, volunteers and citizens have partnered together for the purpose of reducing crime.
“This unique concept is based on educating our citizens while equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard themselves, their families and their homes,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“Through an aggressive crime prevention program, we provide our citizens with the information needed to protect them from ever becoming a victim. Our advocacy program provides victims with the resources needed to recover from their losses while our investigative efforts identify and arrest those who prey upon our citizens.
“Each of these initiatives was created using existing personnel with no additional financial impact to the citizens of Brevard.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION regarding crime prevention efforts, please call your local law enforcement agency or visit at brevardsheriff.com or you can call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 321-264-7755.
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