WATCH: Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s Focus On Social Media Has Played Big Part in Brevard’s Steep Crime Rate Decline
By Space Coast Daily // August 19, 2019
Brevard County Crime Rate has declined 29.07 percent since Ivey became Sheriff in 2013
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey talks with Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone on the latest crime rate update and how the Sheriff’s Office uses social media to communicate with the public.
SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: ‘SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BECOME COMMUNITY POLICING OF THIS CENTURY’
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County crime rate has dropped almost 30 percent since Sheriff Wayne Ivey was elected in 2012 as Brevard’s “Top Cop,” and he attributes much of that success to his agency’s effective use of social media to communicate with the citizens of the community.
“I am extremely pleased to share that the 2018 UCR data reflects another significant decrease of 12 percent in our reported Crime Rate as compared to 2017, and an overall decrease of 29.07 percent for the areas of our responsibility since January 2013,” said Sheriff Ivey.
With a focus on technology and social media, Sheriff Ivey is the embodiment of the 21st Century lawman and is the most engaged, and visible, public official in the community – while reducing crime activity to the lowest level in 20 years.
“I have always believed that the only way to truly impact crime is to partner with our citizens and to provide them with vital crime prevention information before they become a victim, and not after,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“By partnering together, we give our citizens every tool they need to protect themselves, their families and their businesses so that they don’t become crime’s next victim.”
Sheriff Ivey has been a national trendsetter in establishing creative and entertaining content on social media to keep citizens up to date and educated on ways to protect themselves and what perils to be aware of during critical times.
Keeping criminals off the streets of Brevard is a major initiative and his “Wheel of Fugitive” has been emulated across the country by other agencies. In addition, other innovative productions designed to catch dangerous fugitives include “Hook ’em and Book ’em,” “Cooking Up Justice,” and “Fishing for Fugitives.”
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office robust social media presence also gives the agency a mainline into the community to issue scam warnings, crime updates and spotlight the great work of the 1,500 members of BCSO.
Sheriff Ivey came well prepared for the job, as in addition to his more than three decades of law enforcement experience, he 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 sheriff, Ivey was with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for more than 20 years.
When it comes to law enforcement, Brevard is certainly among the most challenging counties in the state due to its many venues including Port Canaveral, 72 miles of coastline, long stretch of I-95, military and government installations, and growing population.
In addition, the Sheriff’s Office plays a major role in protecting our vital tourism trade, natural resources and animal services.
“I have absolutely no doubt that the significant change in our crime rate is because of our agency’s aggressive stance on crime coupled with the amazing partnership we enjoy with our citizens,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“By working together to prevent and solve crimes, we have made the largest dent in the Crime Rate that our county has ever seen.
“I believe these results are largely attributable to our outstanding partnership with our citizens, aggressive patrol, investigations and corrections services, and strong judges and prosecutors,” said Ivey.
SEEN ALL OVER TOWN SUPPORTING PHILANTHROPIC CAUSES
Sheriff Ivey also maintains a rigorous personal appearance schedule, regularly speaking on crime prevention topics as well as philanthropic and social causes.
Sheriff Ivey and his wife Susan’s philanthropic efforts are a literal laundry list of the area’s most visible, and worthy, causes including the United Way, Health First Foundation, Crosswinds, Hospice of Health First, Indiafest, Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter, Promise In Brevard, the American Cancer Society, Grape Escape, National Night Out, The Women’s Center, Boys and Girls Club, Central Brevard Humane Society and many more.
“While we are extremely fortunate to have lowered our Crime Rate by almost 30 percent over the past six years, we need to keep in mind that now is not the time to let up, but instead, is the time to keep our boot firmly planted on the throat of crime and boldly state that while lowering our crime rate is our goal, keeping our citizens safe is our number one priority,” said Ivey.
“On behalf of the 1,500 proud men and women that I have the honor of serving with, we hope you truly know how much we appreciate your incredible support and partnership.”
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