Welcome to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office website where our goal is to provide a user-friendly tool that provides the public important information about our agency and its operations. We will offer daily crime and arrest reports, profiles on various wanted fugitives, sexual offender and predator identification, on-line neighborhood crime mapping tools, crime prevention tips, news and traffic and weather advisories, budget documents, and more. As Sheriff, I feel it is imperative to do all we can to give our citizens more insight and a better understanding of our public safety mission. As you’ll see on this site, we are strong advocates of social media outlets such as Facebook as well, to communicate with you and to receive your valuable feedback.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office serves and protects nearly 200,000 year-round residents as well as hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, with approximately 250 sworn personnel and ninety civilians. As Sheriff, I am not only honored to serve alongside these men and women to combat crime, I also feel privileged to have such a wonderful community to call home.
Thank you for your interest in the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and your feedback is always appreciated.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office protects the County’s residents and tourists with a full range of Law Enforcement services.The Administrative Building of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is located in Shalimar. Two full service offices are located at the Courthouse Annex in Shalimar, and in Crestview. Smaller substations are maintained in Destin, Bluewater Bay, Okaloosa Island, Sylvania Heights, Baker, Laurel Hill and Hetherington.
Okaloosa County is located in Northwest Florida, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the State of Alabama to the North. The emerald Gulf waters and open stretches of beaches are among the most beautiful in the United States . Along with boundless water activity, residents and tourists can enjoy deep sea fishing, links of golf and multiple family recreational activities.
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- A suspicious vehicle led Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase along Highway 98 Monday evening before deputies called off the pursuit due to heavier traffic and the driver’s speeds.
The driver has now been identified as 30-year old Laderick Sankey of Montgomery Alabama man and the OCSO has applied for warrants on charges of fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest without violence and traffic violations.
The incident began when the OCSO received a complaint of a suspicious car in the parking lot underneath the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island around 5:30 p.m.
A deputy who approached the car noticed the black Nissan Pathfinder did not have a tag. Sankey told the deputy he and the 17 year old girl from Montgomery in the passenger seat were just checking out the area. The deputy ran a check and learned Sankey had a suspended license and the teen had been reported as a missing juvenile out of Alabama. When the deputy asked the girl to get out of the car, Sankey sped off onto Highway 98. Deputies began to pursue the car towards Destin and a spike strip was placed near the Marler Bridge however Sankey was able to avoid it. He continued down Highway 98 through Destin into Walton County, disregarding the safety of other cars, leading the OCSO to end the pursuit and issue a regional “Be On the Lookout” or BOLO.
Deputies were able to determine that the missing teen was not abducted, but apparently ran away from a group home with Sankey, who case officers in Alabama say is her boyfriend. The OCSO has applied for a warrant for the teen on a charge of resisting an officer.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.
Destin beaches become breaker central
Destin beaches become breaker central
- The 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is scheduled for this area on Wednesday, March 26th. Last year’s event drew several runners from the surrounding agencies to include our Sheriff’s Office, Eglin Security Forces, Crestview PD, Ft. Walton Beach PD and Parole & Probation. We have strongly supported this charity event for numerous years and making this year’s event just as memorable for the athletes. In this year’s event, we plan on having a Crestview route and a Ft Walton Beach route.
9:00 am – Torch Run from Publix (Hwy 85 and Redstone) up Hwy 85 to War Memorial
Ft. Walton Beach Route:
11:15 am – Torch Run from Publix (Racetrack Road and Eglin Parkway) south on Eglin Parkway to Brooks Street and Hwy 98.
12:00 NOON – End Torch Run at Brooks Landing (City Park).