Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody just issued a disturbing update on the dramatic increase in Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Violent attacks against law enforcement officers are on the rise. So far this year, 11 Florida law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty compared with two line-of-duty deaths during the same time period last year.
So far, an overwhelming majority of the law enforcement officer deaths in 2021 are at the hands of violent attacks. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Florida has unfortunately proven to be the deadliest state thus far this year for law enforcement officer deaths due to felonious acts. Even in the face of these disturbing numbers, Florida law enforcement officers continue to show up daily to protect Floridians.
Sgt. Jeff McGreevy joins Karen Curtis on Full Rigor to talk about what really happens behind the thing blue line. Officer McGreevy, (Ret.) is the Program Development Manager for 911 At Ease International; 911AEI provides free confidential counseling services to police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, EMS, and their families. They contract with culturally competent, trauma trained clinicians to keep our first responders strong.
Sgt. Jeff McGreevy joined the US Marine Corps at age 17 and was in the police academy at age 21.
Was a Sergeant with a Southern California police agency during the Rodney King beating trial and the OJ Simpson murder trial of the century and retired in 2020 after 29-years of service.
Assignments including patrol, field training officer, community policing, Special Enforcement Unit, SWAT team member for 10 years, and he also worked as a K-9 handler with a cross-trained patrol/explosive detection K-9.
Additionally spent a short time on an FBI Gang Task Force and was a Detective who worked Gang & Robbery cases.
As a Sergeant, he supervised the Neighborhood Policing Team and Coordinated his departments Crisis Intervention Team and Peer Support Programs.
Sgt. McGreevy has been involved in Trauma Support and Peer Support since 2004. He has coordinated several wellness, leadership and resiliency events in Ventura County and has been recognized by his community for his leadership, commitment and community engagement efforts. He would like to make these services available to officers in Florida.
Listen to the Full Rigor episode with Sgt. McGreevy here.