WATCH: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Uncompromising In Providing Quality Training For School Resource Officers

Brevard School Resource Officers being trained on high tech interactive simulation MILO Range

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: When it comes to protecting our children on school campuses, Brevard County Wayne Ivey is uncompromising in providing the very best training tools and techniques for Guardians, School Resource Officers and Deputies.

BREVARD COUNTY • SHARPES, FLORIDA – When it comes to protecting our children on school campuses, Brevard County Wayne Ivey is uncompromising in providing the very best training tools and techniques for Guardians, School Resource Officers and Deputies.

This year, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will have a highly trained School Resource Officer in every unincorporated Brevard County public school and both Alternative Learning Centers.

District Security currently serves 104 campus locations, including 90 Brevard Public School locations and 14-Charter School campuses.

School Resource Officers are being trained on the high tech MILO Range, which is the world-leading provider of interactive simulation training products and is widely regarded as the nation’s fastest growing manufacturer of best-in-class firearms and use-of-force training systems.

Brevard County School Board member Tina Descovich experiences first-hand why today’s use-of-force simulators are much more than shoot, don’t shoot tools. They are extremely sophisticated training tools with scenarios that can branch in dozens of different directions based on the student’s actions and the instructor’s interpretation of the student’s performance.

Today’s use-of-force simulators are much more than shoot, don’t shoot tools. They are extremely sophisticated training tools with scenarios that can branch in dozens of different directions based on the student’s actions and the instructor’s interpretation of the student’s performance.

“The training value of these simulators has made them invaluable tools in contemporary law enforcement training,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“Our career development team wanted to get the very best training technology available because we are training our Guardians, School Resource Officers and Deputies to protect our most precious of assets – our children – and so we wanted to have the very best equipment.”

Immersive, emotionally vivid MILO simulations prepare officers to identify, process, and comprehend information about how to respond to any situation.

With the situational awareness training made possible by MILO Range simulation, officers will be able to maintain focus and stay aware of their environment. The result of the training experience is increased safety for both the officer and others on the scene.

“What you see in the MILO system is a great example of that high technology,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“The MILO system puts you in the center of whatever might be going on as you have to look at it from all angles. With our old technology, you were facing the screen and it was very antiquated.”

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office recently facilitated a Public Safety round table discussion at the request of Florida Governor Ron Desantis to discuss school safety and other innovative measures BCSO is using to make sure that Brevard public schools are safe at every level.

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office recently facilitated a Public Safety round table discussion at the request of Florida Governor Ron Desantis to discuss school safety and other innovative measures BCSO is using to make sure that Brevard public schools are safe at every level.

“The round table discussion was attended by members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Command Team, School Security Team, Governor DeSantis, the First Lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis and Andrew Pollack, an incredible advocate and grieving father who lost his daughter Meadow in the senseless murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“The Sheriff’s Office was asked to host the round table discussion and subsequent news conference concerning the issuance of a Governor’s Executive Order because of our strong stance on making certain our schools are hard targets and because of our commitment to the Guardian Program that was included as part of the Governor’s Executive Order.”

Immersive, emotionally vivid MILO simulations prepare officers to identify, process, and comprehend information about how to respond to any situation.

HIGH LEVEL OF TRAINING

Every officer is expected to walk into an emergency situation, any emergency situation and make the right call.

But a high-stress environment naturally constricts our perspective and limits our ability to reason beyond the moment. In these scenarios, situational awareness is a core skill for maintaining focus and being able to identify any threat.

STOMP Certification Training includes:

• 176 total hours of FDLE Certified Training Consisting of:
• 12 hours of Diversity Training
• 80 hours of Firearms Training: 20% more rounds of fire than LE Academy; 85% passing score of FDLE course of fire; Shoot – Don’t Shoot scenarios (Shoot House and Milo); Rifle familiarization (AR15, AK47 and SKS)
• 24 hours TAP  -Tactical Auto Pistol (augmented with Milo and Additional Shoot House training)
• 24 hours active shooter (to include Tactical Combat Casualty Care, First Aid, Trauma Kit & CPR/AED Certification)
• 16 hours Defensive Tactics (to include Firearm Retention)
• 12 hours Legal Issues (taken from Self Defense Through Tactical Shooting and Decision Making, Security G license information to cover the civilian aspects of carrying a firearm, the legal aspects, the difference between criminal and civil liability, difference between misdemeanor and felony offenses, elements of negligence, and elements of assault and battery.)
• 8 hours of Mental Health and Awareness

Quarterly Training

• In-Service Training to update legal, firearm proficiency, self-defense and survival tactics.
• Annual Recertification
• 16-hours of Training to include:
• Firearm’s Inspection
• Firearm Requalification Course
• Tactical Firearms Training
• MILO Shoot / Don’t Shoot Scenario Training
• Defensive Tactics Refresher

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is implementing the training program in complete compliance with statutory requirements, utilizing a Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission model.

BCSO is using FDLE certified Sheriff’s Office resources, high liability instructors and facilities to accomplish all training. Experts in the area of training will provide instruction in certain required fields.

Upon successful completion of the S.T.O.M.P. training, the Sheriff’s Office will issue an approved firearm, ammunition, holster and credentials to statutorily qualified S.T.O.M.P graduates.

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