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

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

Still, both officers say the rewards of helping the public outweigh the personal sacrifices.

“I love this job,” Sarment said. “This is a great agency to work for.”

Like any job, though, patrolling north Okaloosa can have drawbacks. After investigating a minor collision, Carrico sighed as he entered the data into his laptop.

“The ticket; this is the bad part,” he said as his portable printer spit out a citation. “I hate having to give somebody a ticket.”

Contrary to urban legend, officers don’t have ticket quotas, and almost the entire amount of the fines go to Tallahassee. Only a few dollars per ticket are allocated to the issuing agency.

Still, the most frustrating part of the job is encountering motorists who have been needlessly hurt.

“In 26 years I’ve never seen anybody die from having their seat belt on,” Carrico said.

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