Report Shows Brevard County Crime Down 8.9 Percent
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 12, 2013
attributable to outstanding partnership
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The State of Florida’s release of the 2013 Semi-Annual Crime Report (January 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013), reflects a significant reduction in crime for Brevard County residents.
A review of 2013 crime statistics for the areas served by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office shows the lowest level of crime activity since 2005.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reflected an – 8.9% reduction, the county of Brevard reflected an overall – 6.3% reduction and the State of Florida reflected a – 5.2 reduction in crime.
Crime statistics are compiled from UCR data and published annually by the FBI and FDLE. UCR focuses on seven major crimes, which include: homicide, robbery, forcible rape, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny/theft and arson.
AGGRESSIVE STANCE AGAINST VIOLENT, REPEAT CRIMINALS
I believe these results are largely attributable to our outstanding partnership with our citizens, aggressive Patrol, Investigations and Corrections services, and strong Judges and Prosecutors.
The citizens of Brevard County are blessed to have an outstanding cooperative relationship between their municipal, state and federal law enforcement partners, who together have taken an aggressive stance against violent and repeat criminals.
SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: I am proud of the innovative efforts and partnership of the GAME OVER Task Force, a multi-agency effort targeting gang and violent offenders. This Unit has made a huge impact in the community, making over 1,000 arrests since it’s inception in 2008.
As such, I am extremely proud of the efforts of our Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force, that is a collaborative effort of local law enforcement agencies working together to deliver vital Crime Prevention information to our citizens before they become a victim, not after.
This program was one of the first in the nation to use a “Task Force”concept to prevent crime from happening by getting vital information to our citizens timely, so they become an extension of law enforcement and help protect our community.
I am also proud of the innovative efforts and partnership of the GAME OVER Task Force, a multi-agency effort targeting gang and violent offenders. This Unit has made a huge impact in the community, making over 1,000 arrests since it’s inception in 2008.
IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO BE EVER VIGILANT
Among the offenders arrested by this team are murders, career criminals, sex predators, home invasion/robbery suspects, fugitives from justice and those considered to be the “Most Wanted” throughout the county.
While the Semi-Annual Crime Report marks a significant reduction in our Crime Rate, it’s extremely important to remember that criminals adapt quickly to any effort made by law enforcement to combat crime.
That is why it is vital that our citizens continue to use Crime Prevention tools to help protect themselves, their families, and their community. Now is not the time to let up on our efforts, but instead, is the time to apply even more aggressive pressure to make sure we send a strong message to criminals and continue to reduce our crime rate.
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.