The new service is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has begun taking low-level crime reports with a new online- and telephone-based reporting service.


The service is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Crimes the service is intended to address include “lower level, non-violent crimes which have already occurred,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Friday.


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Those are crimes that aren’t happening when the person calls, such as misdemeanor criminal mischief, petty thefts, scams and lost property.


To use the service, follow this link:


( https://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/news/submit-an-online-report/ )


Answer a series of questions to determine if the incident type qualifies.


Residents can also call (850) 651-7400 and speak to a communications officer who will determine if the caller can go to the website, connect the caller with a deputy 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 that people who report online will be e-mailed a confirmation that the report was received and will be given a reference number for tracking. As the online report moves through the system, the caller will be updated with automatically generated emails.


Residents may also be contacted if the Sheriff’s Office needs additional information.