Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s Video Message About Terrorism Sweeps Across Brevard With Positive Support

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"It takes a community, to protect a community"

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey had a strong message for the local community about the latest events in the world and addressed the growing threat of terrorism and violent shooters.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey had a strong message for the local community about the latest events across the world which addressed the growing threat of terrorism and violent shooters.

With most recent events in Europe, around the world and approaching the one year anniversary of the Pulse Orlando massacre, Sheriff Ivey addressed the need for citizens to have a plan and be prepared if a person finds themselves in a terror situation or active shooter event.

“As everyone knows, I am probably the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country, and to be honest, I’m good with that,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

“What I’m not good with is sitting back and letting the emergency happen, or even worse, sitting back saying “it wont happen here or it won’t happen to me.”

Ivey mentioned the ‘Four A’s To Survival’ made available on BCSO’s website that includes a 5-minute video that addresses the need for Awareness, Arm (arming yourself), Avoidance and Attack.

ABOVE VIDEO: 4 A’s of Survival

“It’s very important to remember while the terrorist or violent attacker may have a weapon or even the element of surprise, a team of citizens working together to attack the suspect has a much greater chance of survival than allowing the suspect to operate unimpeded,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“It takes great courage to attack someone who is trying to attack you or your family but unfortunately it may be the only thing that saves your life and the life of those you dearly love.”

Ivey noted the events of 9/11 and how devastating the thousands of lives that were lost.

However, a group Americans took action aboard United 93 and teamed up to save many lives after attacking the four terrorists that had taken over the flight. United 93 crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after a struggle within the cockpit between the passengers and terrorists. That action, by those brave Americans, didn’t let the terrorists use the plane to hit their target on that fateful day and saved countless lives.

ABOVE VIDEO: United 93 (2006) hijacking ending scene.

“It takes a community, to protect a community,” Ivey added. “

“And right now is the time to prepare for the emergency, so we can do everything possible to protect ourselves and those around us should that day ever come. Best case scenario, you are mentally and physically prepared and that day never happens.”

The Brevard County Sheriff talked about one of the courses his office offers to the public, “Self Defense Through Tactical Shooting & Decision Making” Course.

The course is an 8-hour course that is designed to give civilians the opportunity to learn safe gun handling skills as well as the legal aspects of gun ownership. BCSO says the course is delivered in 4 parts:

  • Part 1 – Sheriff Wayne Ivey will speak on Self Defense Through Mental Preparedness
  • Part 2 – State Attorney Phil Archer will speak on the Law-Stand Your Ground and the Castle Doctrine
  • Part 3 – Tactical Shooting/Weapon Retention/Firearms Safety
  • Part 4 – Shoot, Don’t Shoot Scenarios
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Upon completion of this course, BCSO says that citizens will receive a certificate as verification of training that satisfies the State training requirement to acquire a Concealed Weapons Permit from the State of Florida. BCSO encourages citizens to contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing at (850) 245-5691 for further information about the permit process.

BCSO adds that the Concealed Weapons Packets can also be picked up at your local precinct.

Click here to find the precinct nearest you.


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.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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.

*Brevard County Sheriff’s Office contributed to this report.