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June 25, 2001

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Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has returned from the "Buckle Up Florida" awards banquet with a second-place award in both national and statewide competition. The award recognizes the many ongoing efforts of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office to make the roadways safer.

Entries in the "Law Enforcement Challenge" were judged on the basis of policy, officer training, public information and education, enforcement activity, innovative local programs, effectiveness, and quality of the award submission package. The judges were specifically looking for programs and efforts that help reduce speeding and drunk driving, and increase safety belt and child restraint usage.

The "Buckle-Up Florida" awards were announced Friday (June 22) in Kissimmee. The prize awarded to the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office included a Laser Mapping Unit worth approximately $7,000. The device will enable Deputies to produce high quality diagrams of major crash scenes and crime scenes.

In addition to the Law Enforcement Challenge in which the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office participated, Steve Baldwin of the Radio People in Fort Walton Beach was named as "Third Place Recipient" among Media Professionals in Florida for his efforts to promote public safety.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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