For Immediate Release
October 10, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
FLORIDA CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION HONORS OKALOOSA SHERIFF
The Okaloosa County
Sheriff’s Office is getting statewide recognition for its slate of innovative
and proactive Crime Prevention Programs.
Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has been chosen to receive the
“2007 President’s Award of Excellence” from the Florida Crime Prevention
The FCPA President praised Sheriff Morris for his “leadership and
dedication” to crime prevention. Recent new programs implemented by Sheriff
Morris include CASE – Citizens Against Senior Exploitation, Seniors Helping
Seniors, Take Me Home, Internet Dating Safety, and mentoring programs.
The Florida Crime Prevention Association has also selected OCSO Crime
Prevention Specialist Kathleen Larney as the 2007 Crime Prevention Practitioner
of the Year.
Larney was chosen for her education and community outreach efforts on
programs ranging from Women’s Self Defense and the Citizen’s Police Academy
to a Loss Prevention Coalition for local businesses.
Sheriff Morris say agency crime prevention efforts are a win/win
situation for the public and law enforcement. Local residents learn ways they
can better protect themselves and their property – which in turn helps lead to
a safer community.
The awards will be given out October 18 at the Florida Crime Prevention
Association’s 38th annual training conference.
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