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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

  • After Meth Arrest, Suspect Also Charged with Battery on a LEO

    On July 21, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 190 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. During the afternoon hours, a probable cause search warrant was obtained for the residence. During the search, Investigators located several used “One Pot” cooking vessels, muriatic acid, empty boxes of cold medicine, lithium, and syringes. The resident, Joseph Shawn Moll, 32, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church and preschool, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Moll was transported to the Walton County Jail where he received an additional charge of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer for striking a ...

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Moses Alfred Edmonds Notification

    Edmonds was convicted on 11/14/1978 for rape and abduction for immoral purposes.  Edmonds currently lives in his vehicle, a 2011 Blue Nissan Versa/VA tag number XFF1117, at 24750 Highway 331, Santa Rosa Beach, where he also works.  Edmonds is a 60 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 6’02” and 260 lbs. There are currently 143 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County. The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods. ...

    Monday, 21 July 2014
  • WCSO Assists South Walton Fire District (SWFD) on a Near-Drowning Call

    Deputies assisted the South Walton Fire District in aiding a six year old girl who was pulled from the bottom of the pool at Tops’l Resort, located at 9001 US Highway 98, around 4 pm this afternoon.  Upon the deputies arrival, the girl had been removed from the pool and CPR had been started by a doctor who was there on vacation.  When the ambulance arrived, the girl was alert and responsive, and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  The girl and her family are from Atlanta and visiting the area for a family reunion.  The girl’s condition is unknown at this time.   For further information please contact South Walton Fire District.    ...

    Monday, 21 July 2014
  • WCSO Responds to Water Rescue off Scenic Gulf

    Deputies responded to a water rescue in Miramar Beach around 6:20 p.m. this evening.  45 year old Donato Rios of Texas, was reported drowning in the gulf near Monaco Street.  A “good Samaritan” pulled him to shore and an off duty paramedic along with two deputies (one being a medic on the WCSO SWAT Team), took turns giving Rios CPR until EMS arrived.  His pulse was subsequently detected at the scene and he was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  Rios is currently listed in critical condition.   ...

    Sunday, 20 July 2014
  • Sexual Predator Jaylen Isaiah Powell Address Notification

      Powell was adjudicated on 04/21/2011 for sexual battery by juvenile/victim under 12 in Walton County, FL.  Powell’s current address is 43 Cloud Drive, Defuniak Springs.   Powell is a 17 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’07” and 124 lbs.   There are currently 153 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Charles Edsel Godwin Change of Address Notification

      Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 192 Cypress Avenue, Defuniak Springs.    Godwin is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 lbs   There are currently 152 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and p ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Mark Andrew Gable Address Notification

      Gable was adjudicated on 03/23/2009 for possession of photo of sexual performance by a child in Okaloosa County.  Gable’s current address is 308 Stanley Road, Freeport.   Gable is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 187 lbs.   There are currently 152 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
  • Crafty Deputy Outsmarts a Would-be Thief

      The WCSO is praising one of its own deputies for thinking “outside the box” and finding a way to prevent one of our citizens from no longer being victimized.  On July 11th, Deputy Brian Cokonougher, obtained consent from the victim to count, photograph and document her prescription medication.  The victim believed her bookkeeper, Amy Zagorsky, had been stealing small amounts of her medication for about a month while Zagorsky was in the home, conducting accounting services for her business.  Prior to Zagorsky arriving at the victim’s residence, Deputy Cokonougher parked his patrol vehicle away from residence and hid inside another room in the home while Zagorsky began her duties.  Zagorsky entered the restroom where the medication was located, shortly thereafter, ...

    Wednesday, 16 July 2014
  • WCSO Pet of the Week

    Casey Liening, reporter for Channel 13 News, is helping “Hollywood” find a loving home. Hollywood is a domestic, long hair, black cat, weighing 7 lbs and about 2 years old. She is fully vetted and ready for adoption. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Hollywood please contact the animal shelter at 850.892.8758. ...

    Wednesday, 16 July 2014
  • Woman Held Against Her Will, Escapes in Wal-Mart

    Deputies responded to Wal-Mart in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, July 11th, and made contact with a victim who stated she was being held against her will.  Deputies noticed she was physically and emotionally distraught and was observed to have several injuries to include a swollen black eye.  The victim told deputies that she had been held against her will in her home, by Robbie Skaggs, since Wednesday, July 9th.  Skaggs hit her with the blunt end of a hatchet causing several bruises and lacerations on the back of her head and used a machete causing small lacerations and bruising around the victim’s rib cage.  The victim was not allowed to leave the residence until she accompanied Skaggs to Wal-Mart on Friday evening, where she used the bathroom and asked someone to call 9 ...

    Monday, 14 July 2014
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Captain Chari Rivers

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Chief of North Uniform Patrol Bureau

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Captain Charisse Rivers serves as the Chief of the North Uniform Patrol Bureau.

Captain Rivers began her career in law enforcement as a part-time auxiliary police officer with the Ft. Walton Beach Police Department while working full-time at Eglin Air Force Base in Range Patrol and Security Police Investigations. Captain Rivers worked as a patrol deputy with both the Collier and Hendry County Sheriff's Offices before transferring to the Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) in 1997. In 1998, Captain Rivers was promoted to investigator and spent the next several years specializes in the investigation of crimes against persons. She later became a sergeant within the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Captain Rivers was promoted to lieutenant and served as the agency's accreditation manager, leading to the successful accreditation of the WCSO through the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation. Rivers was promoted in October 2011 to Captain and returned to lead the Criminal Investigations Bureau for two years.

Captain Rivers has accumulated over 2,500 hours of law enforcement and management training, and earned an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Okaloosa-Walton Community College. In May 2013, Captain Rivers graduated from the 129th Administrative Officer's Course at the Southern Police Institute (SPI) in Louisville, KY. She is an assessor for the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation and is a member of the Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association, the National Association for Female Law Enforcement Executives, the Association of Graduates of the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officer's Course and the Walton County Sexual Assault Team. Captain Rivers is a strong advocate for children and is a member of the Walton County Steering Committee for the Children's Advocacy Center.

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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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