Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Rolls Out New Program ‘Decide Your Ride’
By WAYNE IVEY, BREVARD SHERIFF // May 2, 2017
Want "Decide Your Ride" Bus at your school or a local event? Call 321-264-7755
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This week our agency rolled out our latest Crime Prevention tool at Rockledge High School in an effort to keep kids focused on school and out of trouble.
The “Decide Your Ride” Bus is a newly designed concept vehicle that is half school bus and half jail transport bus, putting emphasis on the importance of staying in school and getting a great education.
While the exterior of the bus is painted to resemble a school bus/jail transport bus, it’s the inside of the bus that truly delivers the message of “Stay in School!!”
Once seated inside the bus, the students watch a video message about the value of getting a high school education and college degree.
The video focuses on staying away from drugs and alcohol, picking the right friends and the various types of jobs that can be attained with a college degree.
Once the students have viewed the video they tour the rear portion of the bus that is a mock jail cell demonstrating what happens when you make bad choices in life instead of good choices like staying in school, getting a college degree, and finding a great job that you truly love.
There is no doubt that there is a direct correlation between declining grades and kids getting in trouble. Statistics show that when kids turn to crime they are often starting to struggle in school and are looking for approval in the wrong places.
The goal of the “Decide Your Ride” Bus is to show kids in our community that the decision to stay in school is not only the right decision, but is also one of the most important decisions they will ever make in their life!!
I would like to personally thank Teacher Edward Tardiff of the Rockledge High School Law Academy for allowing his students to tour the “Decide Your Ride” Bus and for all he does to promote the profession of Public Safety in our Community.
If you would like to have the “Decide Your Ride” Bus at your school or a local event please contact our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 321-264-7755.
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.