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five simple summer safety tips - Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

JUNE/JULY

2012

A Message From Your

Sheriff

FIVE SIMPLE SUMMER

SAFETY TIPS

.

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

challenge.

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!

Sincerely,

1. Never swim alone or in rough seas.

2. Stay sober—don’t swim or operate a

motorized vehicle or vessel while

intoxicated.

3. Know the forecast and watch the

weather.

4. Protect yourself and your pets from

excessive heat.

5. Never leave children alone near the

water.


OCSO LAUNCHES

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

BURGLARY SUSPECTS

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.

Michael Wojciechowski

Steven Oldroyd

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.


OCSO

RECOGNITIONS

Sheriff Ashley

recognizes retiring

OCSO employees

Deputy Earl Crist,

Deputy Eddie Perillo,

who will stay on parttime,

Information

Technology Manager

Michael Hull, and

Corporal Greg Porch

for their service to the

agency and Okaloosa

citizens!

Congratulations to

Corporal

Kyle Lowery on his

promotion to

Investigations!


GETTING INVOLVED

&

GIVING BACK

OKALOOSA YOUTH WEEK 2012!


GETTING INVOLVED

&

GIVING BACK

DEPUTIES VS DANCERS FUNDRAISER!


WANTED!

(AS OF JULY 2ND)


JUNE/JULY

PHOTO COLLAGE


CHAPLAIN’S

CORNER

THE PRECIOUS GIFT

OF FREEDOM

“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

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