G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R. ® (Gangs and Major Epidemic of Violence Enforcement Response) is a collaberative effort addressing criminal activity in our communities due to gangs. It is a partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Cocoa Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Melbourne Police Department, Palm Bay Police Department, Rockledge Police Department, Titusville Police Department and Brevard/Seminole State Attorney’s Office and includes federal and state criminal justice partners from various disciplines such as United States Attorney’s Office, the Florida Department of Corrections (Parole and Probation), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Department of Juvenile Justice and Central Florida’s Crime Line.
Gang violence and other violent crimes have dramatically increased in the state of Florida. Florida has seen a significant influx of gang activity and an even more disturbing increase in the number of violent crimes that are being committed throughout the state. The pace of violent criminal activity has elevated at an alarming and steady rate with documented increases in the number of murders, sexual batteries, robberies and home invasions. Causes of the increase in violent activity have been associated with increased gang activity and the drug trade. Historically, violent offenders were localized and remained within certain geographic boundaries. This is no longer true, as violent offenders from one city are now being connected to violent offenses in other cities, counties, and even states. The increase in criminal activity has mandated that local, state and federal criminal justice agencies develop a well-organized, pro-active approach to combat the problem.
The concept of G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R. ® is a multi-pronged approach that is inclusive of intelligence collection, investigative techniques and technology utilization. Each local area has identified repeat, suspected perpetrators of violent offenses that remain free to commit criminal activity. The G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R.® Task Force will utilize resources from various participating agencies to identify, monitor, track and subsequently apprehend these violent offenders during the actual commission of criminal acts.
The team will work in concert with the State Attorney’s Office to prosecute the various individuals for all criminal offenses, to include violent crimes, probation violations, weapons charges, narcotics violations and other associated crimes. The involvement of the prosecutive teams as task force members will ensure that each perpetrator is processed through the judicial system in accordance with the level of criminal activity.
By employing recently developed technology and good old-fashioned police work, the task force members will be able to apprehend habitual violent offenders and gang members committing violence from the various communities within Brevard County. By maintaining vigilance over the course of prosecution and sentencing phases of the various offenders, the team’s efforts will help to eradicate violence in the area.
Unit Contact Information
For additional information concerning these investigations, please contact Sgt. Jason Drinkwater at:
Phone: (321) 633-1216
“They say that crime will rise to the level we will tolerate. I assure you that the Brevard County Law Enforcement community has a very low tolerance for crime!”
~ Sheriff Wayne Ivey