It's Time to be a Parent again
First and foremost, I strongly believe that the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in a child's life is not the Sheriff or Chief of Police, but instead is the mom, dad, grandparent, or foster parent that is raising the child. As a young man growing up in North Florida, I never worried about being in trouble with law enforcement, as I was more worried about being in trouble with my parents. Granted, today's parents and children face challenges like never before. Drugs, gangs, bullying and even social media have completely changed our ability to keep watch and hold them accountable for their actions. Today's parenting is 24 hours a day and one of the most demanding jobs in the world, but it is also one of the most rewarding opportunities that life has to offer.
As a parent of 4, I personally know how hard it is to Tough Love your child. As a veteran law enforcement for over 35 years, I know that going to visit your child in prison is even harder, and going to see them in a cemetery is truly unimaginable! Unfortunately, in today's society those may just be the only choices you have. That's why it's important for you to have every tool possible, to be your child's personal cop.
Thank you for attending and here are some helpful tips to start our series on how to stay involved in your child's life, hold them accountable for their actions, and also how to recognize potential problems they may face..
Sheriff Wayne Ivey
Meet the Sheriff: Wayne Ivey
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.
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.