BCSO Communications Receives NPST Recognition
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 17, 2014
Telecommunicator Team of the Year
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Yesterday, our Communications Team was recognized along with all Telecommunicators from across the county by our Board of County Commissioners in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Appreciation Week.
The Commissioners presented each public safety agency with a Resolution honoring the tremendous efforts of these incredible employees.
I truly can’t thank our team members and those of our Public Safety partners enough for all they do to keep our Deputies, Police Officers, Firefighters and citizens safe.
Additionally, I am extremely proud to announce that the APCO Florida Public Safety Communications Awards Program has selected the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Communications Unit as Florida’s Telecommunicator Team of the Year.
APCO presents awards to public safety communications personnel who have demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the line of duty.
APCO will be formerly presenting the award at the annual Conference opening breakfast, May 19, 2014, in Orlando.
BCSO COMMUNICATION’S 2013 ARMED KIDNAPPING RESCUE
The incident leading up to this nomination involved a 2013 pursuit of an armed kidnapping suspect that began in Volusia County.
The BCSO communications team worked seamlessly together and quickly activated the Florida Interoperability Network (FIN) to allow direct communication between Volusia and Brevard.
They then coordinated quickly to inform Sheriff’s Offices, Police Departments and FHP as the vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph south on I-95.
As the incident progressed, the suspect called via 911, threatening the life of the victim and the engaged deputies. The call ended with the vehicle being stopped and the victim rescued.
The team worked extremely quick and efficiently together with not only each other, but all the other agencies they also contacted. Their actions personified the very definition of teamwork during a highly stressful and critical incident.
Please join me in congratulating this incredible Team.
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.