For Immediate Release
July 28, 2005
Contact: Catherine Dokey
Public Information Officer
Oriented Policing Squad Suppresses
help combat lives being tragically lost due to underage drinking and driving
incidents, the Problem Oriented Policing Squad teamed up with the Florida
Beverage Department and initiated underage alcohol test buys at eighty-nine
convenience stores throughout
operation was conducted in conjunction with the Florida Division of Alcoholic
Beverages and Tobacco (ABT). Fifteen
Criminal Summons have been issued at convenience stores and six are remaining to
be served. The charges made by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will aid ABT in seeking administrative
charges against each store for the underage sale of alcohol to a minor.
newly restructured Community Services Unit, formerly known as Community
Policing, is composed of the Problem Oriented Policing Squad and the Community
Oriented Policing Squad. Okaloosa
County Sheriff Charlie Morris created this new unit within the Sheriff’s
Office out of existing resources at no additional cost to taxpayers.
The Problem Oriented Policing Squad is responsible for investigation and
suppression of high impact criminal activity ranging from burglary details,
criminal mischief, street level narcotics, prostitution, special events, and any
other need designated by Sheriff Charlie Morris.
The Problem Oriented Policing Unit is one of many divisions of the
Sheriff’s Office who will work aggressively to identify and target problems
and utilize effective tools to combat, monitor, and try to eliminate these
problems from our community.
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