A Message From Your
FIVE SIMPLE SUMMER
The 4th of July is action-packed
not just for residents lucky enough
to have the day off to celebrate our
country’s independence, but for our
deputies who deal with the influx of
tens of thousands of visitors hoping
to have a good time.
From Crab Island to Highway 98,
beachgoers and boaters are
everywhere and the call volume for
our officers can be a real
So this holiday, make safety a
priority for you and your family!
Don’t drink and drive—or drink
and boat—and practice patience
when dealing with the expected
crowds. Stay vigilant and stay safe!
1. Never swim alone or in rough seas.
2. Stay sober—don’t swim or operate a
motorized vehicle or vessel while
3. Know the forecast and watch the
4. Protect yourself and your pets from
5. Never leave children alone near the
ECONOMIC CRIMES UNIT
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is expanding a pilot project
involving the formation of an Economic Crimes Unit. The Unit will work
directly with local financial institutions on combating crimes ranging from check
and credit card frauds to identity theft.
The head of the OCSO Criminal Investigations Division, Capt. Arnold
Brown, met with local banking officials to discuss the partnership that will allow
bank personnel to have direct contact with a team of assigned investigators who
focus on their particular crime issues.
“Fourteen percent of the cases assigned to our Criminal Investigations
Division involve economic crimes,” said Capt. Brown. “This proactive
initiative will allow us to train and educate banking personnel, share
information such as bulletins of suspects, and to form a type of crime watch
system within the local financial industry.”
Investigators say the direct access will also mean they get information more
quickly on details of the suspect activity, which in turn will enhance their ability
to make quicker apprehensions. In the past, patrol deputies took initial reports
from bank personnel, then passed the reports on to investigators.
A trial run of the new concept began in January 2012 with Eglin Federal
Credit Union and was deemed very successful.
OCSO NABS TWO
ON THE RUN
A deputy responding to a call of a
prowler in progress around 7:20 p.m.
June 13 th at 108 Antiqua Cove in
Bluewater Bay arrived to hear the sound
of breaking glass in the rear of the house.
He confronted two men carrying
two bags who took off running in
different directions. He found a black
Ford Ranger truck parked nearby and
checked the license plate. It returned
to Steven Oldroyd, who matched the
description of one of the burglars.
While other units arrived to help, a
silver car came down the street at a high
rate of speed. The deputy recognized a
passenger as Michael Wojciechowski, a
known associate of Oldroyd. A traffic
stop was made and both Oldroyd and
Wojciechoswki were detained, along
with the female driver. Wojciechoswki
requested an attorney but Oldroyd
admitted to the burglary attempt.
21-year old Michael Steven
Wofciechowski and 20-year old Steven
Reese Oldroyd, both of 4600 Range
Road in Niceville are charged with
burglary, possession of burglary tools,
trespassing, and criminal mischief.
Deputy Earl Crist,
Deputy Eddie Perillo,
who will stay on parttime,
Michael Hull, and
Corporal Greg Porch
for their service to the
agency and Okaloosa
Kyle Lowery on his
OKALOOSA YOUTH WEEK 2012!
DEPUTIES VS DANCERS FUNDRAISER!
(AS OF JULY 2ND)
THE PRECIOUS GIFT
“Freedom”—the state or quality of being free;
liberation from control of some other person or
power.” The month of July we think about being
free. For many it is taken for granted. For several it
cost a lot, someone’s life. As I write this, there are
those who are in harm’s way, both in other countries
and even in our own. There is always a cost for
something so precious as freedom. Many of you
have served in the military and helped protect
our freedom. All of you who are deputies are
serving here and now and providing protection
of our freedom from being victims of crimes.
Know it does not go unnoticed. Many, many years
ago One gave His life so we could have freedom
from our sin by believing in His ability to save us. All
we have to do is to accept His free gift. It is my
prayer that as you celebrate all our freedoms, you
have taken the opportunity to have this one as well.
Thank you to all who have served and are serving
now. May God keep you and protect you.
Chaplain Dennis Walker