Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey Says Goodbye to 2020, Welcomes in Bold New Year
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // January 2, 2021
SHERIFF IVEY: I believe Brevard County is one of the greatest places in the world to call home
SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: My personal “New Year’s Resolution” is to do exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 40 years of my life…putting bad people in jail, partnering with our citizens to lower our crime rate, standing up for victim’s and animal rights, and working hard every day to protect our citizens, our cops, and our constitution.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Now that 2020 is thankfully behind us we can breathe a sigh of relief as we look forward to a bold new year and new blessings to come for our community.
While there is no question that 2020 was one of the most challenging years we have faced as a community, it was also one of the greatest opportunities we have ever had to show just how strong a community we are, how we can put our differences aside for the good of others, how we can achieve amazing milestones, and how we can withstand any test we face, by working together.
I mean think about it…in the midst of a health pandemic, we developed local protocols and strategies to protect our citizens, we dug deep to help charities who help others, we launched a crew back into space for the first time in nearly a decade, we shared emotions and sorrow over national tragedies and protected victims by dropping our Crime Rate even further than it was the previous year.
Looking back it would be real easy to say 2020 was the worst year ever, but was it really?
There’s no doubt that it had its challenges, but it gave us so many opportunities to overcome and show why this community of ours is so incredible.
In fact, it kind of reminds me of the Apollo 13 Mission when many projected it could be the worst disaster in U.S. Space Flight, but instead it became our finest hour as a Space Program and a Nation.
As we look forward to the new year, it’s time to once again set goals for ourselves as individuals, our agency, and of course our community.
Since each of us generally chooses a “New Year’s Resolution” for ourselves, my personal “New Year’s Resolution” is to do exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 40 years of my life…putting bad people in jail, partnering with our citizens to lower our crime rate, standing up for victim’s and animal rights, and working hard every day to protect our citizens, our cops, and our constitution.
As an agency, our goal has always been to have one of the most professional agencies in the country and to partner with our citizens to keep our community safe.
In the past eight years, we have successfully partnered together to lower our crime rate by almost 42 percent, with fewer victims of crime being reported than any other time in the past forty years.
While that is an amazing accomplishment we still need to work hard to lower our crime rate even further by continuing to create innovative programs that will target criminals and protect victims.
In addition, our goal as an agency is to make certain that we represent our citizens and our community with pride, honor and integrity while also never losing sight of the fact that we serve our citizens and that we are truly blessed to work as Law Enforcement Officers in Brevard County where our citizens love us, trust us, and protect us, just as much as we love, trust, and protect them.
And finally, our goal as a community should be to do exactly what we did this past year, as I could not be more proud of our community as we served as a model for others to follow as we demonstrated how to stand together to face challenges.
Regardless if it was COVID-19 related, emotionally filled critical incidents at the national level, space launches, or even helping small businesses recover from the pandemic, Brevard County showed the world how to stand together, shoulder to shoulder to face adversity and celebrate success.
That’s who we are and is why I believe Brevard County is one of the greatest places in the world to call home.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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