Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Newest Deputy, K-9 ‘Cargo’
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 25, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is very pleased to welcome one of our newest 4 legged Deputies, K-9 Cargo.
As part of our new role at Port Canaveral we are blessed to have a wonderful working relationship with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that provides K-9’s and training as part of a critical role in the protection of Port Canaveral.
Through this fully funded program with TSA and our partners at Port Canaveral, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office now has 5 fully equipped Deputy teams (Handler and K-9). One of our newest teams is Deputy Bob Aoun and his four legged partner Cargo.
Cargo is a very special dog, a proud veteran who served and supported our military services in Afghanistan for almost 3 years.
Cargo is a tactical IED K-9 detection specialist, who while working with his US Marine Corps partner, cleared thousands of roadways and passages to protect our troops while convoys and platoons safely maneuvered. Cargo, after serving approximately 4 years in the military, now works with Deputy Robert Aoun protecting the millions of visitors, employees and citizens at Port Canaveral.
They are a tremendous resource available around the clock. Deputy Aoun is a 22 year veteran with the BCSO and specifically selected Cargo as his new partner from various dogs that were available for deployment.
TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program trains and deploys both TSA-led and state and local law enforcement-led canine teams in support of day-to-day activities that protect the nation’s transportation systems.
These highly trained explosive detection canine teams have proven to be a reliable resource at detecting explosives and provide a visible deterrent to terrorism directed towards transportation systems. The success of this partnership is a prime example of federal, state, and local governmental entities working together with a common goal — to protect our citizens.
We are truly honored to have so many incredible active military and veterans working with our agency to continue their service to our nation and protecting our citizens, even our 4-legged veterans.
Please join me in welcoming K-9 Cargo and thanking the leadership at the Canaveral Port Authority and our partners at TSA for their continued support and commitment to protect our citizens and visitors.
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.