The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is now utilizing volunteers and members of the OCSO Posse to help check on juvenile probationers who have mandatory curfews.
Sheriff Larry Ashley implemented the new program June first in a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
“This action allows us, at no additional cost to the taxpayer, to help Juvenile Probation Officers ensure that juveniles assigned in-home probation are complying with the court-ordered requirements and in addition, are not out during that time committing additional crimes,” said Sheriff Ashley.
“I want to say a huge thank-you to these volunteers who are donating their time to help keep teens on track and keep our community safer.”
In the first two nights of random checks on twenty-eight juvenile probationers, volunteers found 17 were not in compliance.
There are currently approximately 400 juveniles in Okaloosa County on the so-called “CODY” probation list.
They are to be at home by 8 p.m. every night, under the direct supervision of a parent or court-approved guardian.