Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Corrections K-9 Bloodhound Units Locate Arsonist
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 28, 2015
assists rockledge police in locating suspect
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy FTO Jared Conaway was dispatched to assist the Rockledge Police Department with an arson call on Saturday.
Upon arrival, Deputy Conaway discovered that the call was in connection with a Rockledge police officer’s home and patrol vehicle that had been set ablaze.
The Rockledge Police Department had also determined that the suspect had intentionally set a propane tank under the officers home in an effort to create further devastation during the fire.
The police officer’s patrol vehicle was a total loss and his home and personal property suffered significant damage.
FTO Conaway and his K-9 partner Koda tracked from the scene of the crime for approximately 25 minutes to a suspect residence.
FTO Conaway then contacted Corporal Chris Spencer, who arrived with his K-9 partner Cletus to complete a confirmation track.
Pursuant to the confirmation track, Rockledge police detectives, using the information supplied by the K-9 Deputies and additional investigative leads, made contact with the residents in the suspect home.
Once the residents came out of the home, K9 Cletus ignored all bystanders and alerted to a single juvenile male.
Due to both handlers tracking to the same location and after speaking with the juvenile, the State Attorney’s Office authorized RPD to arrest the juvenile suspect for 3 counts of Arson, Attempted Murder and Burglary.
The juvenile was then transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.
I could not be more proud of the actions of our Corrections K-9 Unit who worked closely with Detectives from the Rockledge Police Department to take an extremely dangerous individual off our streets.
This case is a perfect example of what happens when agencies work closely together to prevent and solve crimes.
Our agency’s thoughts are with the Rockledge officer who was targeted by this disturbed suspect and I ask that you join me in congratulating FTO Conaway, Corporal Spencer, their partners K-9’s Koda and Cletus and Detectives from the Rockledge Police Department for their outstanding efforts in identifying and locating this dangerous suspect.
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.