The Walton County Sheriff's Office Polygraph Unit was created October 2012 and offers forensic polygraph support to law enforcement. The Polygraph Unit is comprised of an expertly trained and certified Forensic Polygraphist. This Polygraphist provides a valuable investigative tool and is utilized for criminal investigations, pre-employment applicants and internal investigations. A total of seventy-one (71
) polygraphs were conducted in 2013 with a confession rate of 95%, saving the agency numerous investigative hours and money.
Forensic polygraph examinations are used daily to affirm or dispel individuals suspected in criminal cases for law enforcement agencies. Utilizing this tool assists in narrowing investigative issues and lowers investigative expenses. The Polygraph Unit is often requested to administer examinations for the purposes of law enforcement employment. Every sworn applicant is required to submit to this examination prior to employment with the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
The Polygraph Unit's polygraphist is also a Certified Police Applicant Background Investigator. Before an applicant is hired, a background investigation is conducted by Human Resources on each applicant that applies with the Walton County Sheriff's Office. The polygraphist assists Human Resources with this task and any additional background duties at their request.
The Polygraph Unit continues to perform at the highest level of professionalism within the Professional Standards Division. The commitment and dedication of the Forensic Polygraphist remains the model for the Polygraph Unit within the Walton County Sheriff's Office.