Sheriff Recognizes Brevard County Deputy That Apprehended Bank Robbery Suspect
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // February 21, 2016
Deputy Matt Simpson honored for his efforts
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I am very proud to recognize the actions of Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Simpson for his efforts in the apprehension of an Armed Robbery suspect.
As a member of public safety you very rarely have time away from your commitment to protecting your community as most Law Enforcement Officers continually monitor dispatch while maintaining a constant awareness of what is going on around them.
While it can often prevent the ability to relax and enjoy family or time off, the actions of Deputy Simpson yesterday afternoon are a perfect example of the type of commitment and dedication our Brevard County Deputies have to protecting their community.
On Feb. 19, Matt was off duty when he learned of an armed robbery that had just occurred in the immediate area where he was running some errands.
Deputy Simpson subsequently observed an individual that appeared out of place and was acting suspiciously by constantly looking around as if he was worried about being followed. Deputy Simpson then contacted our Communications Center for a detailed description of the suspect.
The detailed description matched the individual who Deputy Simpson then followed and made contact with after the suspect realized he was being watched. Deputy Simpson then identified himself and detained the subject until the Calvary arrived at his location.
The subject was taken into custody and determined to be in possession of a large amount of U.S. Currency and the actual note that was used in the robbery.
Deputy Simpson’s actions while off-duty not only led to the capture of an armed robbery suspect, but also serve to exemplify the courage and commitment of the 1500 proud men and women of our agency.
Matt and the other members of our BCSO family are the reason we have such an incredible agency and are looked upon as one of the most professional agencies in the nation.
Please join me in commending Deputy Simpson for his actions and also in thanking the employees of the Bank who while under tremendous stress calmly provide law enforcement the information needed to locate and arrest this criminal.
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ABOUT BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY:
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.