WATCH: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey, BPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins Discuss Security Specialist Program

By  //  October 16, 2018

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first class of School Security Specialists complete training, 27 have been placed countywide

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins announced the implementation of the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian/BPS Security Specialist Program during a press conference on Monday at the Brevard Public Schools headquarters in Viera.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins announced the implementation of the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian/BPS Security Specialist Program during a press conference on Monday at the Brevard Public Schools headquarters in Viera.

“I would like to personally applaud the efforts of our Superintendent, Dr. Mark Mullins and his Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Beth Thedy,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“Additionally, I would like to thank the School Board members for their approval of such an important security process. Their efforts to get us to this point have been absolutely exceptional. We are pleased to announce that today the first class of School Security Specialists are graduating.

“This was all accomplished in line with our “4 Layers of Protection,” said Sherif Ivey.

The training program was 176 hours, which exceeded the statutory mandate of 132 hours:

• 80 hours of FDLE certified firearms training.
• 24 hours of Tactical Pistol training.
• 24 hours of active shooter training including first aid and CPR.
• 16 hours of defensive tactics training including weapon retention.
• 12 hours of legal issues training.
• 12 hours of diversity training.
• 8 hours of mental health training.

With today’s graduation, 27 School Specialists have been placed countywide. There may be SROs and a Specialist at a school, and they may be moved around to locations to increase security where there is a threat or concern.

The process started immediately after the Board approved the School Specialist Security Plan on May 22.

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“The vetting process consisted of BPS employment application, possession of Concealed Weapons Permit, background investigation, physical abilities test, drug screening, physiological evaluation, and oral interview,” said Sheriff Ivey.

Effective August 10, 2018, there were 57 School Resource Officers in place. There are no part-time school security operations in any capacity at any BPS campus.

Schools without an SRO have been and will continue to be covered by off-duty law enforcement officers.

The Florida Department of Education opened the statutory reimbursement project award process on July 17, 2018, with a closing date of August 1, 2018.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $863,475.80 on September 12, 2018, to address the statutorily approved expenses as related to the Guardian Program.

Expense reimbursement includes assigned duty gear, background screening costs, professional liability insurance, training expenses. Duty gear does include a weapon and bullet resistant personal protective vest.

The funding for the Guardian Program includes all publicly funded schools: BPS 87 and Charter 14

A second training session is currently being scheduled to fulfill any additional Guardians required.

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The training program was considered a complete success with a group of outstanding specialists. Their background experience consisted of:

• Previous Law Enforcement Experience: 248 years
• Previous Military Experience: 211 years
• Previous Correctional Experience: 47 years
• Previous Security Experience: 68 years

“This was a very thorough process to ensure our students, teachers, parents and visitors are safe and secure,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“Our School Security Specialist will continue to exceed all statutory training requirements with quarterly firearms qualifications, legal updates and physical ability tests.”

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