Online crime reporting now available in Okaloosa County

Residents can now file certain online criminal reports with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. (OKALOOSA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - In an effort to better protect our citizens and our deputies from non-essential face to face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office is implementing web based on-line and telephone reporting for many lower level, non-violent crimes which have already occurred, (i.e. are not in progress at the time you call).

Examples range from misdemeanor criminal mischief and petty thefts to scams and lost property.

Citizens can now file certain criminal reports directly to our website and click: https://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/news/submit-an-online-report/ to determine if you can submit your report on line.

There is a series of questions to determine if your incident type qualifies.

You can also contact 850-651-7400 and speak to a communications officer who will help you determine if you can go to the website, connect you with a deputy sheriff to take the report over the phone or decide if a deputy needs to respond in person.

The new system has been set up so citizens who report on line will be e-mailed a confirmation that the report was received and will be given a reference number for tracking. You may also be contacted if the Sheriff’s Office needs additional information from your initial report. As your on-line report moves through our system, you will be updated with automatically generated emails.

Again, these steps are a proactive way for the OCSO to help our community and our deputies limit unnecessary in person interactions as we all work together to the best of our abilities to stop the spread of COVID-19.