During the weeks of spring break, Seaside is using several resources to deter crime and keep its residents and visitors safe, with an increased law enforcement presence and its own year-round courtesy team.
To provide better service and a sense of safety to residents and visitors of Seaside during the busy spring break season, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has a stand-alone substation located adjacent to Perspicasity, as well as a mobile command center that will remain on site during portions of March and April. The goal of the facility and the command bus is to improve response time, speed up report processing and reduce fuel consumption.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Hogeboom says the substation is manned full-time during spring break, and is equipped with computers and a work area to complete reports while staying in the community. “And the mobile command bus will not interfere with day-to-day activities in Seaside,” he adds.
The command center has everything a police station would have, according to Patti Rogers, supervisor for the Seaside Community Development Corp. Courtesy Team. It provides the additional officers Seaside needs during spring break. “Parking it here serves as a visual deterrent for bad behavior,” she adds. “We’ve gotten rave reviews from homeowners, who have given us very positive feedback.”
In addition to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Seaside Community Development Corp. Courtesy Team is on site year-round, providing guests with a safe environment and offering assistance to visitors to the community. During spring break season, the courtesy team works with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in crowd control and safety, keeping order so all guests staying here, young or older, have a great time.