Deputies, FHP troopers say no day is typical in north Okaloosa

Highway patrolmen

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kelly Carrico has been at the agency for 26 years.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 19:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW— Outside city limits, police patrols throughout northern Okaloosa County’s 450 square miles are handled by sheriff’s deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

Fortunately, a cordial synergy exists between the two agencies and their officers.

On a recent morning, Trooper Kelly Carrico, a 26-year FHP veteran, and Deputy J.D. Sarment, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, were on the road. On a typical day, three troopers and eight deputies patrol the area, supported by local fire and rescue crews.

“We all get along very well,” said Sarment. “We treat each other with respect.”

Carrico said as necessary, fellow troopers from the Pensacola barracks might cover neighboring counties as incidents arise. Although his area technically is the north end of the county, one of his first calls that morning was a fender-bender in Fort Walton Beach. His south end colleague had handled a wreck on Interstate 10 when the accident call came in.

“I have from time to time gone over as far as Bay County,” Carrico said. “It depends on how short-staffed we are.”

Like Carrico, Sarment is a Crestview resident. He just recently started patrolling the northern zone. Almost all of Carrico’s calls involve traffic incidents, while Sarment covers a variety of incidents.



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