for immediate release
September 27, 2002

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris wishes to remind all citizens that neither his office, nor the Florida Sheriff's Association ever conduct telephone solicitations.

I recent days and weeks, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has answered questions from citizens who have received telephone calls soliciting support for the "Florida Sheriff's Deputies Association." Inquiries are also frequently received about other organizations with law enforcement related names conducting fund raising.

Sheriff Morris urges all citizens to thoroughly investigate any charitable organization before making a decision to contribute money.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office does not endorse any organization that uses telephone solicitation for fund raising. More information about charitable fund raising can be found on the Sheriff's web site at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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