NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris announces he is beefing up road patrols in significant numbers over the holiday season. Many of the extra deputies on duty will be in unmarked cars.  They'll not only be keying in on impaired drivers, but on thieves who target homes or businesses.

     In addition to the additional deputies on the roads, the Sheriff's Posse members are adding to the workforce with stepped up patrols around shopping areas.

     Residents who notice any suspicious behavior are asked to contact law enforcement immediately. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 but otherwise the Sheriff's Office numbers are 850-651-7400 and 850-689-5650. 

     If you have information that can help solve a crime and don't want to give your name, you can also call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS and earn a cash reward of up to $1000.00.

     The Sheriff's Office asks that everyone keep safety in mind during the holidays. And remember to always have a designated driver if you're going out on the town to parties or other events that could involve alcohol.