NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420



     Investigator Bob Grappone has been chosen as the Okaloosa County Sworn Officer of the Year for 2008.

Sheriff Charlie Morris made the announcement during awards presentations Wednesday afternoon.

       Investigator Grappone was honored for his role in a large-scale and ongoing counterfeiting case. Because it is still active, details of the investigation cannot be released at this time.

       Grappone is admired among his peers who constantly seek his skills and assistance.  In an armed robbery spree of Pay Day Loan businesses, he assisted another investigator by getting a complete confession from the suspect.  He never fails to support them with their requests and needs even though he clearly has more investigative responsibilities of his own.  His enthusiasm and motivation never wavers and sets the standard for his co-workers.