for immediate release
March 2, 2001

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Beginning Saturday, March 3rd, some cellular telephone customers will have a new way of contacting the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Cellular-One users may use #OCSO to call the Sheriff's 24-hour communications center to report reckless drivers, suspicious activity, or summon assistance from a Deputy.

The new #OCSO number replaces *OCS, previously used by Cellular-One for the same purpose. The new number was made necessary by changes being made by the cellular company.

There is no change to the *SO number offered by Alltel to its cellular subscribers. Both services are free of charge, and are intended to reduce the call volume on 9-1-1 lines, which frequently become overloaded with calls from cellular telephones.

Cellular users are encouraged to use #OCSO or *SO instead of 9-1-1 to report traffic crashes, suspected drunk or aggressive drivers, and other incidents.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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