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

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 19:16 PM.

“We get a lot of animal calls,” Carrico said. “Sometimes we’ve got to corral them.”

Sometimes he patrols near the Alabama line near Paxton to deter underage drinkers.

“The kids come over the border to buy liquor,” Carrico said. “I think the fact of going across the state line gives them the feeling of not being able to be caught. It’s a jurisdictional kind of thing.”

Sarment and Carrico’s shifts rarely end on time, and sometimes can last much longer than scheduled because of incidents that occur near the end of their shift. Sarment said some calls require paperwork to be filled out and sent to a judge before an officer can end his shift.

“There have been times where I have put 16 or 17 hours in one day,” he said.

However, supervisors and fellow deputies work with each other to make sure they do not accumulate too much overtime, Sarment said. He said he has taken over on a call that occurred at the end of another deputy’s shift, and other deputies will do the same for him.

When things get busy, “lunch isn’t always on the schedule,” Carrico said. “Some days I only eat once a day.”

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