‘Most politically incorrect sheriff’ in America touts unusual tactics, humor he uses to nab criminal ‘dirtbags’

A Florida sheriff revealed the sometimes unusual way he handles criminals he calls out as “idiots” and “dirtbags.”

The man who says he has been told he is “the most politically incorrect sheriff in the country” described to Fox News Digital how he keeps thugs from getting the upper hand in his community.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has no “remorse” for criminals who land themselves in jail because of their own actions. He recounted being directed to be more sensitive by referring to inmates as “clients” at a recent law enforcement conference.

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“I looked at him like he had two heads because they are inmates, they’re dirtbags, they’re criminals. They’re in jail for a reason,” he said. “If you’re a criminal, you’re an idiot. That’s just the best way I can put it. Nobody twisted your arm and told you to go break the law. You made that decision. You made that choice. So I don’t have remorse for you.”

“Probably the most politically incorrect thing that I do is I respond to people on Facebook, and I’ll tell them, ‘Shut up. Stop whining.’ If you don’t like what we do, don’t follow our page. Go somewhere else. But if you’re here, then you need to understand that we are going to put bad people in jail, and we’re never, ever going to apologize for it,” said the no-nonsense sheriff.

Ivey’s creative but effective tactics, including programs such as “Mess Around and Find Out” and “Wheel of Fugitive,” have led to a 53% decrease in the crime rate in his county which is also known as the Space Coast, the home of the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

“I’ll let you do the acronym of Sheriff High-Intensity Target,” Ivey said of another program that targets drug dens. “But it’s houses where we respond 80 times for calls for service because the citizens or the neighbors are complaining about them.”

“We shut them down,” he explained. “We don’t mince words here. I mean it. If you don’t come outside, we are going to kick your door in, and we’re going to drag you out in the yard, and all your neighbors and family are going to see you getting cuffed and going to jail.”

Ivey is unapologetic about jailing criminals but admitted he and his team still like to have fun with the job.

“We mix a little bit of humor in most of our stuff. I find that the citizens accept that because they know we have fun and are doing our jobs. And some people get a little offended,” he said. “I don’t apologize for putting bad people in jail. I don’t care if their feelings get hurt.”

Ivey noted that the tough stance on crime has earned even the respect of the inmates, and spoke specifically about the “Mess Around and Find Out” program.

“We’ve often thought about getting t-shirts made to give the criminals when they get out that says, ‘I messed around in Brevard County and found out,'” he said. “What’s ironic is those that are sitting in our jail right now, I can walk through that jail, and they all respect me. They all know we don’t play.”

“When our deputies’ cars pull up, [criminals] know games are over. We’re here to do the job. They respect it,” he added.

There is even a “Weekend Dumb Criminal Arrest Update” feature the sheriff’s office shares on Facebook.

“The Wheel of Fugitive started because I was talking to a civic group one day, and I was telling them about how many fugitives we had,” Ivey recalled about the now-weekly game show.  “I kind of jokingly said my idea is to have a big giant wheel and spin it, whoever it lands on that’s who we’re arresting that day. Well, everybody applauded, and so I decided to field test it.”

Ivey asserted that the program works, as 88% of those who make the wheel either turn themselves in or are apprehended within the first 3 to 5 days.

“So it works. Really, it’s about being partners with your citizens and engaging them, getting them to come to the table,” he said.

Ivey made it clear there is no room for political correctness in the business of apprehending criminals and keeping a community safe.

“I wasn’t elected to protect people’s little feelings. I was elected to protect our citizens, our cops, and our Constitution. And that’s what I’m going to do,” he told Fox News Digital. “We need our law enforcement leaders that are going to stand on the edge and dare you to cross the line and break the law. That’s what we need.”

“The message is very simple: If you think you want to be a criminal, my advice to you is don’t do it. But if you can’t help yourself, and you have to be a criminal, you better go to Orange County [in California] where they let criminals do what they want over there,” he continued. “Because if you do it in Brevard County, you’re going to mess around and find out.”

Frieda Powers


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