Before an officer can begin an investigation, you must successfully trace at least two of those calls and document the trace. Information about how to do this is printed in your telephone book or call your telephone company for help. After the traces, you must call the telephone company as well, before you can report it to police. When you do call the police department, we will have you fill out a misdemeanor affidavit, which then is sent to the State Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors there will decide whether to prosecute the case.

Caller ID is not the same thing as tracing a call. If you have a Caller ID box, you still must work with the telephone company to trace the call. Caller ID is not admissible in court.

Can I have the police department run a tag, check a driver’s license, or see if there is a warrant for someone?

Absolutely not. Florida regulations prohibit the police department from sharing information from the statewide FCIC/NCIC computer system with non law enforcement personnel. The department can be fined and/or lose its terminal for violating these regulations.

What do you have to do to become a police officer? How do you get in the police academy?

Contact the Northwest Florida State College for information on becoming a police officer and entrance into the police academy. The police academy is located at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, located at 100 College Blvd, Niceville, Florida 32578. The Criminal Justice Center can be reached by telephone at 850.729.5378.  Further information is available on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website here.



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