Danny Dean, Okaloosa County School District Safety Program Director, Deputy Sheriff Jeramy Dobkins, SRO Bruner Middle School and Debbie Cutchen, FLDOE Office of Safe Schools (Okaloosa School District)

Bruner Middle School’s School Resource Officer recognized by Department of Education

Danny Dean, Okaloosa County School District Safety Program Director, Deputy Sheriff Jeramy Dobkins, SRO Bruner Middle School and Debbie Cutchen, FLDOE Office of Safe Schools (Okaloosa School District)

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Deputy Jeramy Dobkins received a certificate of appreciation from the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools for developing a QR code for the FortifyFL Suspicious Activity Reporting App. 

In 2018, the Florida Legislature created and funded FortifyFL as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The QR code has been adopted throughout the State of Florida and is posted in every school across the state for students to have rapid access in submitting tips regarding threats in their schools. 

  • Students can provide a description of the threat, share pictures and videos anonymously or may choose to submit their contact information. 
  • All information is instantly relayed to the appropriate law enforcement agency as well as school officials.

“The partnership between the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the school district has been used as a model for districts across the state and nothing is more important than the safety of our students and employees,” said Superintendent Marcus Chambers. 

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In November of 2021, Dobkins received a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of Superintendent Marcus Chambers recognizing him for his “profound innovation” and “exceptional dedication to the safety and security” of the district. 

The FortifyFL app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Tips can also be submitted online at GetFortifyFL.com.

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