Operations Review Bureau is comprised of the Staff Inspection, Accreditation, and Intelligence-Led Policing Units. Lt. James Fannin oversees the section and he reports directly to Major Preston. Staff Inspections are a quality control management tool designed to objectively review the WCSO’s organizational units. Staff inspections involve the examination of all Agency operations for efficiency, safety, effectiveness, policy compliance and adequacy of management controls. The Staff Inspection Unit has the authority of the Sheriff to inspect various areas of operations within the Agency.
The Intelligence-Led Policing Unit is new to the WCSO. The Operations Review Section has one crime analyst who is responsible for analyzing and producing all crime reports. The crime reports are provided to the various bureau chiefs so staffing can be adjusted to new and varying crime trends.
Intelligence Led-Policing (ILP)
In an effort to reduce the crime rate within Walton County, Operations Review staff drafted the agencies Intelligence Led-Policing (ILP) general order. Lieutenant Fannin conducted a staff study to address ways the Walton County Sheriff’s Office can identify and monitor prolific and priority offenders (PPO) in Walton County. A small portion of offenders are responsible for a disproportionate amount of the crimes committed within Walton County.
ILP staff drafted and published twenty four (24) activity reports, along with twelve (12) peak call time reports. These reports were used by the Patrol, Special Operations and Criminal Investigations Bureaus for effective and efficient resource allocation.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Florida State University, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice to support the Agency’s ILP program. The goal of this partnership is to manage the crime rate by taking a scientific look into crime trends in Walton County.
In January 2012 a new Awards Committee was selected. The quarterly award recipients were selected in both sworn and non-sworn categories. The award for Deputy of the Year 2012 went to Investigator Josh Sconiers (left). The award for Employee of the Year 2012 went to Lori Maddox (right).
Operation Review conducted three (3) staff inspections in 2012: Special Operations-Beach/Marine/Traffic Units, Human Resources, and Training Division. These staff inspections focused on specific aspects of each unit in which the staff inspection was being conducted. During these staff inspections, operations review staff found opportunities to improve operational efficiency. Once the corrective measures were implemented, the service to the citizens was improved.
Operations Review participated in the drafting of the WCSO’s strategic plan for the Operations Review Bureau.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office entered into a contract with the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation in February 2012 to continue with Agency accreditation. The 2011 annual report was completed and submitted to the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Accreditation Staff continues collecting required proofs, and to date no deficiencies have been discovered.
Lieutenant Fannin assisted the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation in conducting four assessments on other law enforcement agencies: Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Gulfport Police Department. Lieutenant Fannin was also selected to serve both on the Training Committee for the Florida PAC and the SRIC Committee for the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is 100% compliant with all mandatory and non-mandatory standards
Operations Review managed approximately 3 million dollars in grants throughout the year supporting programs such as the SLERs communication project, E911 program, ballistic vest purchases, in-car cameras, aggressive driving programs, anti-firearm interdiction and other programs utilized by the Agency. This included applying for new grants and managing ongoing grants.