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Welcome to the Walton County Sheriff's Office Website

"We have been recognized as a leader in law enforcement innovation and have received state accreditation. The men and women of your sheriff's office have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and a commitment to service to the citizens and visitors of this county. It is an honor and privilege to serve with them." ~ Sheriff Mike Adkinson

  • Laurel Hill Resident Racks up Meth Lab Charges and Failure to Pay Child Support

      On Saturday, March 21, 2015, deputies responded to the home of William Mitchell Golden, 46, of 1892 Flowerview Blvd, Laurel Hill, for an active warrant for failure to pay child support.  Deputies located Golden and a second individual identified as Gregory Parmer, 51, of 6370 CO Hwy 147 Laurel Hill, in a shed located on the property.  Golden was wearing a mask over his nose and mouth, along with safety googles.  Deputies immediately smelled a strong chemical odor in the shed, and saw paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine in plain view.  Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived and performed a consensual search of the property.  Several used “one-Pot” cooking vessels were found, along with a small a ...

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015
  • One Arrested for Making False Report of Armed Robbery

        Last night deputies responded to 180 Miami Street, Miramar Beach, in reference to an armed robbery.  Deputies were advised by the victim, 22 year old Christopher Catlett of Hot Springs, AZ, that two men approached him while he was in his front yard and attempted to rob him.  Deputies detained an individual based on a description given by Catlett.  The WCSO K9 Unit responded to the area to begin a track to locate the other suspect, but was unsuccessful.  Investigators advised Mr. Catlett that a full investigation into the matter would be conducted to verify the accounts of his story.  At that time, Catlett became very nervous and had a hard time articulating how the armed robbery took place.  Catlett revealed to investigators that he had fabrica ...

    Sunday, 22 March 2015
  • Walton Citizen Recognized for Supporting the Law Enforcement Community for 25 Years

    Sheriff Adkinson honored a Walton County resident today by presenting Mr. Michael Brower the Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Award. Sheriff Adkinson stated, "I am very proud to present this award to Mr. Brower who has supported the law enforcement community and FSA over the last 25 years.” ...

    Thursday, 19 March 2015
  • Sheriff Adkinson Recognizes Young Citizen for Life-Saving Efforts

        On January 31st, 2015, around 12:15 pm, C W Roberts employee, Mr. Eric Wright, a flag man, was manning a lane closure off SR 20 near Basin Bayou, while his co-workers were laying sod along the shoulder of the road.  A Mercedes, which was stopped at the flag station, was rear ended and then side swiped by a Chevrolet SUV.  The SUV came to a rest in the water on the North side of SR 20 in Basin Bayou.  Mr. Wright made sure all traffic was stopped and checked to see if the woman in the Mercedes was injured.  He notified his supervisor of the accident and without hesitation, swam out to the SUV to help the individual.  When Mr. Wright reached the SUV he was unable to open the door, but instructed the driver to roll down the window.  Mr. Wright pull ...

    Thursday, 19 March 2015
  • Deputies Locate 92 Year Old Female within 17 Minutes Utilizing Project LifeSaver

    Within 17 minutes, Deputy Jeff McIntosh was able to locate a 92 year old female utilizing Project LifeSaver equipment.  The caretaker called the Sheriff’s Office around 11:30 am on Sunday, March 15, stating that the 92 year old, who had just become a client with Project Lifesaver five days earlier, had walked away from her Santa Rosa Beach home.  Deputy McIntosh responded to the area with the mobile tracking system and was able to locate her due to the pings that were transmitting from the clients personalized wristband.  She was found in good health, sitting in a vehicle and was returned to her loved ones.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “Minutes count when it comes to searching for a loved one and I am pleased that we have certified members in our agency to answer the ...

    Monday, 16 March 2015
  • Update: Suspect Wearing a Green Thong Sexually Batters Two Teenagers

        The Sheriff's Office is continuing saturation patrols in Miramar Beach with regard to the sexual battery of two teenagers by a white male who jumped out of the bushes wearing a green thong, flip flops, a ball cap and a sweatshirt. The incident occurred last night around 10 pm in the area of South Holiday Road and Scenic Gulf Drive. If anyone knows the identity of the individual in the picture, please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 850.892.8111 or Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS. ...

    Sunday, 15 March 2015
  • Suspect Wearing a Green Thong Assaults Two Teenagers

        Deputies are conducting saturated patrols in the area of South Holiday Road and Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach.  Around 10 pm this evening, a white male jumped out of the bushes wearing a green thong, flip flops, a ball cap and a sweatshirt, approached a group of females who are in their late teens and assaulted two of them.  The male is described to be in his late forties.  If anyone knows this individual, we are asking them to call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850.892.8111 or anonymously at emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or 863.TIPS.   ...

    Sunday, 15 March 2015
  • No Seat Belt Violation Leads to Cocaine Arrest and Other Alcohol and Drug Related Charges

        While patrolling west bound on Scenic Gulf Drive on March 11, Deputy Tommy Thillet noticed a maroon GMC Terrain east bound where the driver was not wearing his safety belt.  A female passenger was also seen by Deputy Thillet sitting on a male passenger's lap in the single person front passenger seat. A traffic stop was conducted and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected coming from the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle was asked for his license, registration and insurance.  Deputy Thillet asked if anyone in the vehicle was over the legal drinking age of 21 and all the occupants advised they were under 21 years of age.  Upon observing the occupants of the vehicle, Deputy Thillet noticed they were attempting to conceal bottles of alcohol.&n ...

    Friday, 13 March 2015
  • Force Used in Only 1% of All Arrests Made by the WCSO in 2014

      “We emphasize to our deputies that communication is more effective than anything on their gun belt” -Sheriff Mike Adkinson   On a daily basis, law enforcement officers are expected to make split second decisions to enforce the law, protect the public and bring suspects to justice.  A Use of Force Report is a tool most law enforcement agencies use to capture data such as type of force used in an incident, whether it was deadly or less-lethal and injuries sustained whether by the deputy, suspect or a victim.  Annually, the WCSO reviews all incidents involving use of force.  In 2014, over 3,700 arrests were reviewed, along with 106 incidents involving use of force.  Force was only used against 1 % of individuals while effecting an arrest in 2014.  Forc ...

    Thursday, 12 March 2015
  • 19 Year Old Arrested for Marijuana and Providing False Identification to a Deputy

      A 19 year old was arrested on Tuesday, March 10, for possession of marijuana and giving law enforcement identification that belonged to his 22 year old brother.  While deputies were on scene investigating a reported theft at 9300 W US Highway 98, Miramar Beach, Omotoyosi Sanni, 19, of Oxford, GA, fit the description of a possible suspect involved in the theft.  A deputy made contact with Sanni and asked for his identification.  Sanni reached into his pocket and when he pulled out his identification card, a wadded up $20 bill, cigarette lighter and a partially burnt marijuana cigarette fell out of his pocket.  Upon further investigation, Sanni pulled out a plastic Ziploc bag from his left jacket pocket, which contained several marijuana cigarettes.  Sanni wa ...

    Thursday, 12 March 2015
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Major Joseph Preston

Major-Joe-Preston-2014Director of Law Enforcement Operations

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Major Joe Preston serves as Director of Law Enforcement Operations. Preston was previously Emergency Management Director until December 2013 when it was officially transferred to the Walton County Board of County Commissioners. He has served more than 10 years with the Walton County Sheriff's Office. Major Preston previously served with the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Kansas City, Mo. During his tenure as the WCSO EM Director, Major Preston led the Walton County recovery response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He worked with many local, state, and federal agencies to manage the disaster and instil confidence in the WCSO's ability to manage emergencies.

Prior to entering the law enforcement field, Major Preston spent 20 years in the corporate world with the Fairbanks Scale Company as director of service operations. He previously worked for the Hill-Rom Company as executive director of service operations. His experience is focused in managing large, decentralized operations on a national scale.

Major Preston is an experienced Walton County Sheriff's Office deputy, and has served as a sergeant of patrol, sergeant of traffic, and lieutenant of training. He holds various trainer/instructor certifications including: firearms instruction, defensive tactics, communications, DWI instruction, traffic crash investigation, and traffic homicide investigation. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor for the CJSTC Basic Recruit Academy at Northwest Florida State College where he teaches line supervision, middle management, traffic crash and criminal investigations, communications, and firearms courses. Major Preston has also completed more than 30 courses related to EM, totalling more than 500 hours or coursework. He recently attended the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, KY for 13 weeks of intense police management training.

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What Our Community is Saying

  • I am grateful for the young lives that our sheriffs department have probably saved. Thanks for keeping your citizens and your spring breakers safe. Making a clear statement that underage drinking will not be tolerated prevents an untold number of crimes and injuries from happening. Y'all do an excellent job!
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