for immediate release
January 29, 2003

N E W S   R E L E A S E

During the year 2002, Okaloosa Sheriff's Deputies responded to an average of one call for assistance or other incident every three and one half minutes. The total call volume for the year of 144,179 was an increase of almost five percent over 2001.

Deputies reported a total of 20,814 traffic stops during the year, and 16,757 other traffic-related incident; traffic activity accounted for more than 26-percent of the 144,179 calls during the year.

The most common incidents handled by Deputies, with activity totals for the year:

assistance to citizens = 8,474

serving or attempting to serve criminal warrants = 7,585

theft = 7,266

responding to false alarms = 6,751

verifying 911 calls = 5,200

non-domestic fights & disturbances = 4,801

investigating suspicious persons/vehicles/activity = 4,628

serving or attempting to serve subpoenas & injunctions = 3,674

security checks of homes/businesses & other property = 3,580

assistance to other agencies = 2,903

transporting prisoners = 2,439

criminal mischief (vandalism) = 2,092

trespassing = 1,878

welfare checks (of individuals) = 1,695

harassment/stalking & harassing telephone calls = 1,692

domestic violence, custody disputes & injunction violations = 1,690

A more complete chart may be seen at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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