State Attorney’s Office Hosts Annual Brevard County Victim’s Right Awards Breakfast
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 14, 2016
Cyndi Young honored as Officer of the Year
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the 32nd annual Brevard County Victims’ Rights Awards Breakfast that is put on by our State Attorney Phil Archer and his team each year.
Each Award recipient is nominated by their peers for not only serving victims and their families but also advocating for them to receive the help they need so they can find closure in each case.
Award recipients were:
• Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Agent Cyndi Young, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
• Norman R. Wolfinger Attorney of the Year – Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Denick
• Outstanding Service Award – Jennifer LeVasseur, Rockledge Police Department Victim Advocate
• Outstanding Service Award – Wanda Heffner, Juvenile Sex Crimes Secretary
• Kathy L. King Victim Advocate Award – Lisa Mister, State Attorney’s Office and Jacqueline Ares, the Women’s Center in Titusville.
I could not be more proud of all of this year’s recipients and the incredible work they do to help victims of crime in our community. There is no question that each and everyone of them have made a difference in the lives of victims who were searching for closure in each case.
Please join me in thanking State Attorney Phil Archer and his team for putting together such a great event, Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs and his staff for everything they did to assist in the event as well as congratulating all of this years award recipients.
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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.