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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

  • 911 Hang Up Calls Lead to Arrest for False Imprisonment

      Last night (Saturday), several 911 hang up calls were received by Sheriff’s Office Dispatch. During the 911 calls, the victim was able to relay to dispatchers that she was a passenger in a car and that the driver, Michael Huber, was refusing to let her out of the vehicle.  Dispatch was able to ping the 911 hang up calls on multiple locations along Highway 98 heading east bound.  The last ping was in the area of Highway 98 and 395.  Deputies in the area observed a vehicle turn into a business complex off Watersound Parkway.  The vehicle, along with Huber and the victim,   were located in a parking lot behind a business.       The victim was unharmed during the incident and taken home by law enforcement.  The suspect, Michael Hub ...

    Monday, 02 March 2015
  • Update: WCSO Arrests One for Shooting into an Occupied Residence in Bruce

      Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Billie Ray Thompson, 41, of 898 Chesser Road, DeFuniak Springs, for armed burglary and shooting into an occupied dwelling early this morning (Sunday).  Per victim and witness statement’s, Thompson, forcefully opened a locked door to a camper located at 108 McCewen Street, Bruce, FL.  The two victims inside the camper called 911 and told Thompson to leave.  Thompson exited the porch of the camper and discharged nine rounds from his .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol, which penetrated the inside and outside of the camper.  The victims inside the camper were not injured when the shooting took place.    The .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol along with .40 caliber ammunition was recovered from Thompson’s residence ...

    Monday, 23 February 2015
  • WCSO Investigating Shooting into an Occupied Residence in Freeport

    Members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 3 am this morning. The incident took place at a trailer located in Simpler’s Fish Camp in Freeport, Florida. The caller reported that a male subject had fired several rounds into an occupied residence. Deputies quickly responded to the scene along with members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Technicians. No injuries were reported and further information will be released once available.   ...

    Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • DNA Link Leads to Arrest of Repeat Miramar Beach Burglar by Walton County Sheriff's Office Deputies

      During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 24, 2015, Robert William Woods, 20, of 468 Forest Shore Drive, Miramar Beach, burglarized a home and vehicle off Bayshore Drive in Miramar Beach. Woods first entered an unlocked vehicle and then attempted to enter the home by gaining access through the pool area by cutting the screen.  As Woods attempted to open the back sliding glass door, the residential alarm sounded and he fled the area.  Upon investigation, deputies and crime scene investigators discovered a blood transfer on the fence which Woods damaged.  DNA was taken and a lab report was received yesterday, February 19th, matching Woods.   A second incident occurred on January 24th at a residence off Shore Drive in Miramar Beach, where Woods ...

    Friday, 20 February 2015
  • WCSO Deputies Investigating Occupied Residential Burglaries

      WCSO Patrol Deputies are investigating three cases of occupied residential burglaries that have occurred in Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach.  In all 3 cases, the residents were home and asleep, when an individual entered their residence and took wallets, purses and other valuable items.  Deputies were told by the victims that the garage doors were left open with the interior garage door unlocked.  The cases have been forwarded to the criminal investigations bureau of the sheriff’s office.    The WCSO wants to inform the public of what is happening and urges everyone to be proactive and secure their personal items and LOCK their doors.   ...

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015
  • WCSO Investigating Impersonation Phone Scam of Sheriff’s Office Employees

    The WCSO has received multiple complaints of a con man posing as a sheriff’s office employee in an attempt to get money. The caller states that a family member has a warrant for their arrest but in lieu of arrest, the caller requests money over the phone.  Another ruse is telling potential victims they missed jury duty and they are being fined $2000.00, but if the person settles the issue that day, they will accept $500.00 transferrable electronically.   At no time will the sheriff’s office ever solicit money and wants to remind citizen’s to not give out any personal information over the phone.  Anyone who has fallen victim to the bogus caller is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 850.892.8111.  ...

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015
  • WCSO Wants to Advise Public of Impersonation Scam

        The WCSO has received reports of an individual impersonating himself as a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.  The victims stated that the caller had an arrest warrant for a family member and identified himself as “Deputy Arrowwood.”  The case is under investigation.   The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens to not give out any personal information over the phone.  If anyone has concerns or had been contacted by this individual, please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.   ...

    Friday, 13 February 2015
  • LEO Appreciation Luncheon by SmartBank

    Thank you Smart Bank for showing your love for the Walton County Sheriffs Office staff. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated. The lunch prepared and cooked by your team was amazing. It's nice to know we are appreciated!! And Thank You to the other businesses who contributed to make the lunch perfect. ...

    Friday, 13 February 2015
  • Deputies Respond to HealthMark after Report of Alleged Man with a Gun

        The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 3 pm today by the DeFuniak Springs Police Department that they received a call from a help hotline that a male was threatening to harm himself.  The hotline advised him to go to the nearest hospital.  A member of the HealthMark staff contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised there was a man waiting in the ER with a gun.  Deputies arrived on scene, made contact with the male and did not find a gun in his possession.  The male was taken into custody and Baker Acted.  The weapon, a 25 caliber pistol was located inside the male’s vehicle.  No injuries were reported to any parties involved.   ### ...

    Thursday, 12 February 2015
  • WCSO Receives Golden Star Award from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

      The WCSO has received the Golden Star Award from the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches for raising over $60,000 dollars through fundraisers for the organization.  The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and give them the opportunity to better themselves and become productive members of society.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “Our deputy sheriffs can help kids get back on the right track by supporting this incredible organization that does so much for our youth”.   For more information about the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches please visit            Pictured is Captain Donnie Clark, Sheriff Mike Adkinson and School Resource Deputy Phillip Spires   &nb ...

    Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Captain Chari Rivers


Chief of Professional Standards Bureau

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Captain Charisse Rivers serves as the Bureau Chief for the Office of Professional Standards. 

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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