for immediate release
April 27, 2004

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has recognized Deputy Robert Przybysz and Crime Prevention Specialist Kathleen Larney as his Employees of the Quarter for the First Quarter of 2004.

Deputy Przybysz, who is on a patrol shift in the Destin District, has been with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office since October, 2002. His supervisor comments, "Deputy Przybysz shows meticulous attention to detail in his investigations, uses common sense, and demonstrates sound decision skills." His professional and thorough handling of a report of alleged child abuse on March 12 directly led to the discovery of a crystal methamphetamine lab in a house in Destin, resulting in felony Drug Trafficking and Child Abuse arrests that day, and the removal of small children from that environment.

Crime Prevention Specialist Larney has been with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office since August, 2002. Her supervisor credits her with "single-handedly resurrecting the Civilian Volunteer Program from near-entropy... she has similarly rejuvenated the Citizens' Academy, the Women's Self-Defense Class, and the Neighborhood Watch Program. She is a bargain for the taxpayers of Okaloosa County, taking advantage of Explorers, citizen volunteers and other resources to provide services comparable to agencies that devote as many as four full-time positions to Crime Prevention."

Photographs and information about current and past honorees may be seen on the Sheriff's website at


(NOTE: Przybysz is pronounced "PRIZZ-bizz")

for more information contact Sgt. Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420