Beware of scams
Scammers continue to target everyone, regardless of age, gender, education or income level. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office has received numerous complaints of possible scammers in Okeechobee County.
Follow these golden rules to help protect yourself and your family from scams.
- If it looks too good to be true—it probably is.
- Use your common sense: the offer may be a scam.
- ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
- Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.
- Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
- NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
- Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
- Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, (863)763-3117.
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the Year" of 2013.
Six employees were recognized for the Employees of the Year 2013. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: Administration Employee, Citizen Volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administration Employee – Amy Fisher
Citizen Volunteer – T.J. Parrish
Detention Deputy – James "Roy" Bush
Law Enforcement – Sgt. Rob Coleman, K-9 D/S Matt Crawford, D/S Joe Gracie
Administrative Employee of the Year – Amy Fisher
Amy Fisher was nominated by Captain Bell. "Amy has been a great asset to road patrol during the transition to the new Spillman system. She has put in countless hours and has answered all questions with help provided to everyone that has asked. She has definitely made the change a lot easier."
Volunteer of the Year – T.J. Parrish
T. J. was nominated by Captain Gary Bell. Captain Bell stated, "T.J. serves as a SRT Medic. As a volunteer, T.J. receives no pay however, whenever we have called T.J., he is there for the SRT team and stays as long as needed. I nominate T.J. on behalf of the entire SRT Team."
Detention Deputy of the Year – James "Roy" Bass
Roy was nominated by Sgt. Randy Worth and Lt. John R. Rhoden. Sgt. Worth stated that "Roy deserves the award for his consistent hard work, good personal and work ethics, professionalism, ability to get along with everyone, ability to learn and teach. His job proficiency and many other great traits that make him a great employee and an asset to the department". Lt. Rhoden nominated Roy for his attempt at saving a life. In May, 2013, Officer Bass, on his way to work, stopped at a convenience store. A worker found an unconscious person. Officer Bass and the store worker initiated CPR until instructed to stop. Unfortunately the person was pronounced deceased. Lt. Rhoden stated, "Officer Bass showed no hesitation in acting as a first responder through the training received at this department. It is through his actions that give me faith in his ability to prove asset to this department."
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Rob Coleman, Matt Crawford, Joe Gracie
Sgt. Rob Coleman, D/S Matt Crawford and D/S Joe Gracie were all nominated for Deputy Sheriff of the Quarter by Captain Bell. On February 16, 2013, Martin County had a homicide and the suspect was in route to Okeechobee County, still armed. Law enforcement from both agencies pursued the suspect. The suspect's vehicle landed in Henry Creek. The suspect would not comply with orders given. The listed deputies entered the water to gain control of the suspect and rescue two juvenile females, the suspect would not turn over to deputies. Subsequently, the suspect was apprehended and the juveniles were rescued unharmed. I know what it's like to enter water to apprehend a suspect and I can assure you it is not pleasant. These deputies show that they have what it takes to carry out a mission and not complain. This is most certainly a job well done."
Sheriff May said,"It is my pleasure to recognize these employees for their outstanding performance. I'm proud of all my employees and I could not ask for a better group of people to work with. They continuously amaze me on a daily basis."
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the 4th Quarter" of 2013.
Four employees and one squad were recognized for the fourth quarter of 2013. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: Administration Employee, Citizen Volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administration Employee – Tammy Cale
Citizen Volunteer – James Garner
Detention Deputy – Chad Mills
Law Enforcement – Cari Arnold
Unit Citation – A Squad Communications (Dispatch)
Tammy Cale was nominated by Sgt. Mark Garland, who stated, "Tammy is dedicated to her work and is always willing to assist when necessary. She is never too busy to answer questions or look up information when asked to do so. She has also been commended by FDLE for her timely submission of the fingerprint cards."
James Garner was nominated by Lt. Scott Deloney. Lt. Deloney stated, "James is a member of More to Life. He has worked hard to help reach the inmates in the County Jail. His program has been so well received by the inmates that we had to separate the Pods into two separate groups due to space limitations. James has also added an additional Bible study program for each Pod. I want to say thanks to James Garner who tries to help and hopefully reach at least one person. If more people were like him this world would be a better place."
Chad Mills was nominated by Sgt. Mark Garland, Sgt. Randy Worth and Lt. John R. Rhoden. "Officer Mills has went above and beyond his job duties. Recently he has conducted many searches and removed several bags of homemade alcohol, along with many other items of contraband. In one of the searches he found three weapons, two were sharpened with handles and the other was a metal pipe that was in the process of being sharpened. It is expected that Detention Deputies conduct regular searches, but Mills exceeds this expectation and is constantly conducting searches to find this type or any other type of contraband. Mills' hard work and dedication to his job is definitely making this jail a safer place to be for both staff and inmates."
Cari Arnold was nominated by Captain Gary Bell. While on duty November 23, 2013 D/S Arnold was placed on a call regarding a suspicious person propositioning young females. After gathering the information she was able to locate the suspicious person within a short amount of time. Have him indentified and arrested. Having been so diligent and vigilant in her duties she was able to prevent anyone further from being a victim.
"A" Squad Communications(Corporal Kelly Lancaster, Communication Officers Savannah Yates and Eric Till) was nominated by Karla Pittman and Lt. K.J. Ammons. Both stating, "After an automobile accident that included both fatalities and severely injured, dispatch was having difficulty finding a medical helicopter that would fly due to weather conditions where they were stationed. With desperation and a miracle they were able to obtain a medical helicopter to fly the severely injured to Lawnwood Medical Center. All these tasks were accomplished due to the fact that this Squad worked as a team keeping their composure, with diligence and professionalism."
Sheriff May said of these employees, "These employees do a wonderful job, day in and day out. I'm very proud of each and every one of them. I could not ask for better people to work with. We all hear about it when one of our employees does something wrong, but they do a lot right. There is hardly a day that goes by that, either by telephone or in person, that a citizen does not tell me of a good experience they had with one of my employees. I am very proud of that."
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.