Sheriff Wayne Ivey Releases Statement On Being Named Space Coast Daily Person of the Year
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // December 11, 2016
"It Takes A Community To Protect A Community"
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – While I was honored and humbled when I learned of this announcement, without question, it is the proud men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office who truly deserve the recognition for the amazing things they do to make our agency one of the most professional agencies in the country.
As your Sheriff, I am surrounded by 1,500 incredible men and women of our agency who do amazing things to protect our community!!
They are true community heroes and I am just smart enough to stay out of their way. In fact, staying out of good people’s way is what I consider my best leadership quality!!
We are also very blessed to have one of the finest command teams and staff professionals who help lead our agency with tremendous experience, vision and core values of doing the right thing!!
In Law Enforcement you will often hear terms such as “support unit” or “support personnel.”
In our agency there are no “support personnel,” as each and every member of our agency plays a unique and vital role in protecting our citizens and creating our successes.
Regardless of their assignment, if you take one part out, the agency looses its strength and ability to serve our community in the capacity we do.
Most work around the clock in areas that are not as visible to the public as our Patrol Deputies, but all are absolutely critical to the operations of our agency!!
In addition to being surrounded by amazing agency members, we as an agency are surrounded by an amazing community that protects us just as much as we protect them. In Brevard County our citizens love us, trust us and have partnered with us to help keep Brevard County a safe place to call home.
I am firmly convinced that “It Takes A Community To Protect A Community,” is the perfect recipe for keeping citizens safe and helping those in need.
And of course, I am blessed to have an amazing wife and family who know just how much I love my job and our community. My wife Susan Ann is my dream come true and I am so thankful for her patience and understanding in knowing that for me, this job is like going to Disney World, I waited my whole life to get here and I’m gonna ride every ride in the park before the park closes!
This coming year our agency has a number of new and innovative Crime Prevention measures that we will be implementing to further protect our citizens by partnering with them to prevent crime. Our goal as an agency is to not only be the most professional agency in the country, but to make sure that our citizens have a safe environment to live, work, and raise a family!
Lastly, I would like to thank the entire Space Coast Daily Team! They provide an incredible service to our community by ensuring accurate and timely information is shared with our citizens. By sharing information such as our Crime Prevention messages and even our adoptable pets from our Animal Care Center they partner with us to protect Brevard County.
On behalf of our entire team, thank you for all of your support and love for our agency! We are truly blessed to serve you in Brevard County.
–Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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.