Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Swears In New K-9 In Honor of Former Sheriff Rollin Zimmerman
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // June 10, 2016
Bloodhound K-9 'Rollin' Sworn In
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This past week we were honored to swear in one of our new Bloodhounds K-9 “Rollin,” in honor and recognition of former Sheriff Rollin Zimmerman who served Brevard County from 1962 – 1981.
Throughout his career, Sheriff Zimmerman served as Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and was elected Sheriff in 1977.
Ironically, Sheriff Zimmerman who will turn 101 years of age in July dedicated his entire career to working closely with kids to keep them on the right track so our team thought it was only fitting to name one of our Bloodhounds who search for missing children after him.
K-9 Rollin was donated by the Jimmy Ryce Foundation to search for missing / endangered persons and fugitives and is part of our Corrections K-9 Team at the Brevard County Jail Complex.
We are truly blessed to have such an incredible partnership with an organization that donates dogs to law enforcement agencies across the country and to be able to use the resources to help find missing children, seniors with dementia, or fugitives from justice.
It was truly an honor to recognize Sheriff Zimmerman and continue his wonderful legacy to Brevard County and our citizens with his namesake.
Attending the ceremony with Sheriff Zimmerman were his family members, Tom Zimmerman, Betsy O’Hern, Dawn Burt, Eric Burt, Zoey Burt, Sadie Burt, Janet Buck, Robert Buck and Jeff Buck.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is very grateful and proud of Sheriff Zimmerman, his family, and our new life saver and crime fighter “Rollin!!”
Please join me in welcoming our new K-9 “Rollin” and in thanking Sheriff Zimmerman for his incredible service to our agency.
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.