WATCH: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Announces New BCSO Charity Initiative ‘Dream for the Badge’
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // August 16, 2021
WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey announces “Dream for the Badge,” a new initiative of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity that will enable children with terminal illness and adults with different abilities to experience a day as a law enforcement officer. You can help support this great cause by visiting DreamfortheBadge.com and purchasing raffle tickets to win a brand new Chevy Corvette.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and BCSO charity partner together to launch a new initiative that makes dreams come true for children with terminal illness and adults with different abilities
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – One of the things I learned a long time ago is just how blessed I am to be able to do this job…not just the job of Sheriff, but the job of serving as a law enforcement officer.
Serving as a law enforcement officer is a job that I dreamed of as a child and was extremely fortunate to achieve.
Sometime back though I realized that no matter how much some children may dream of one day wearing the badge, it is a dream that may never come true because of perhaps a terminal illness or a different ability that keeps them from being able to serve in our profession.
For some, children and adults alike, the dream of wearing the uniform was always out of reach…maybe because time was too short because of a terminal illness, a birth defect, or their different abilities somehow prevented them from being qualified for the job.
While up to now that may have always been true, it’s not anymore!
Starting today, every kid with a terminal illness, a birth defect, or other factors that prevent them from achieving their dream of serving as a law enforcement officer, will have the chance to serve for a day as a Deputy Sheriff with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office or as a Police Officer with a local Police Department.
The opportunity to serve for a day as a Law Enforcement Officer is being made possible as part of a new initiative started by our agency in partnership with our not-for-profit, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity and local business leaders who are committed to making dreams come true.
“Dream For The Badge” will give kids and adults as described above the chance to be a cop for a single day as they put on their custom-made agency uniform, equipment and the badge they always dreamed of.
After they are sworn-in they will get to hit the streets with a real Deputy Sheriff or local Police Officer to respond to non-violent calls, ride in airboats, tour our Aviation Unit, ride in our SWAT vehicle and of course, learn to eat donuts or “power rings” as we now call them.
The initiative is funded by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity through generous donations and partnerships with our local business leaders, Boniface Hiers, Frogbones Family Shooting Center and the Cocoa Beach Hotels Association.
Our first Dream Deputy will be taking place in the next few weeks but starting August 13 you can help support this great cause by visiting DreamfortheBadge.com and purchasing a raffle ticket, or 20 raffle tickets if you will, to win a brand new Chevy Corvette – compliments of AJ Hiers and Boniface Hiers Automotive.
To apply for the opportunity to achieve the dream, please send a brief summary by email to Lindsey@BCSOcharity.org that provides details about the child or adult applicant and their specific story of how they have always had a Dream for the Badge.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey