NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
August 21, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     When a child goes missing, minutes matter. Okaloosa residents now have a new method available to help ensure vital information can be placed quickly into the hands of law enforcement and media outlets.

      Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris today announced his agency, in partnership with Beach Community Bank, will be the first in our region to offer the SafeAssured Digital ID Kits. The free kits allow parents and guardians to put a childss identifying information and video on a mini-CD that is maintained by the family. The mini-CD will include a high quality digital photo, digital video showing mannerisms and gait, a full set of digital fingerprints, and a digital voice file, along with general personal information.

     Sheriff Morris says having that kind of information ready for quick dissemination is critical to any effort to find a missing child and return him or her to their family safely.  Beach Community Bank is sponsoring the first wave of SafeAssured ID Kits for Okaloosa youngsters with a $10,000 donation.

      The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Beach Community Bank will hold the first sign-up event September 6th, from 9 a.m. til noon, at the bank's main office, 17 Southeast Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Future events will be announced through the media and published on the OCSO Website, under the Crime Prevention section.