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Crime Prevention

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office would like to help businesses closed due to the COVID-19 virus. The OCSO watch order program will add extra patrol and security checks on closed businesses to deter crime and burglaries. If you would like a watch order for your business. Please email the completed form to Ashley Bailey at


Crime Prevention

The formal definition for Crime Prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of action to remove or reduce the crime through public education. What that translates to is doing all we can to help citizens realize they can be additional eyes and ears in our community to help law enforcement and boost public safety. The Sheriff’s Office offers individuals numerous free educational programs and services.

A few of the most popular programs and services are Neighborhood Watch, Self Defense Tactics Classes, (CPTED) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, vacation security checks, Take Me Home program, and (CASE) Communities Against Senior Exploitation fraud and scam programs.

General Safety Programs

Youth Programs

Programs for Senior Citizens

Crime Prevention Presentations

To schedule any of these free programs or services, or to have a Crime Prevention Specialist give a presentation to your organization, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Ashley Bailey or Carla Von Kaenel at (850) 651-7410 or email to or