Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Serves as Keynote Speaker for Florida Association of School Resource Officers
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // July 25, 2022
event was attended by over 900 School Resource Officers from as far away as Hawaii
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Friday morning I had the honor of serving as the keynote speaker during the closing ceremonies of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers week-long Conference and Training Program at the Rosen Shingle Creek, in Orlando.
The event was attended by over 900 School Resource Officers from as far away as Hawaii, who are tasked each and every day with protecting America’s schools.
During the presentation, I spoke about the role they serve in protecting our schools against violence, but also about the opportunity that each of them has to make a difference in a kid’s life, as they get to these kids before they get to us.
How the role of keeping evil away from the campus is just one of the many roles they play and how important the long-lasting relationships they develop with the students, teachers, and parents will be in changing lives.
You see, I can speak firsthand about the amazing impact a School Resource Deputy by the name of Mike Lawrence had on my life, as he is the person in 1979 who got me interested in Law Enforcement.
Deputy Lawrence introduced me to the Explorer Program at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and because of him, today I am a 42-year veteran of law enforcement who has the honor of serving as the Sheriff of our great county.
Yesterday’s event also gave me the opportunity to share with 900 law enforcement officers that the job of School Resource Deputy/Officer will without question be the most important job they have.
More important than serving as Sheriff, Chief, Commander, or even Agent, the job of a School Resource Deputy/Officer gives them the opportunity each and every day to make a difference in a child’s life.
It gives them the opportunity to become Deputy Adrian Moss-Beasley who passed away a few years ago after a courageous battle with cancer.
During his time with our agency, Adrian served as a Deputy Sheriff, Deputy in Court Security, and a Deputy at our Port, yet somehow, when we posted on social media that we had lost him, it was his time as a School Resource Deputy that prompted thousands of comments on the post, about the impact he had on their lives as students, teachers, and parents.
It was the little things that Adrian did that changed lives such as having lunch with a child that was sitting alone, taking a student to the father-daughter dance who had recently lost her father in an accident, making teachers feel safe, and being the kindest most strong soul they had ever seen.
Folks, as I thank the members of FASRO for allowing me to speak at their conference, I want you to know that I could not be more proud of our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies and School Resource Officers from our partners at local police agencies who protect our school campuses, our students, our teachers, and our parents who visit our schools.
I am truly amazed at their commitment to protecting our schools and I have total confidence in their abilities to impact our kids while standing guard at the door to keep evil away.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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