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"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

  • 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
  • Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect for Stealing from Employer

    Keelan Michael Clemmons, 21, of 1237 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested on Wednesday, February 11th, for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, larceny and narcotic possession.  Clemmons was hired by the victim to do construction work on a separate apartment which was attached to the victim’s Santa Rosa Beach home.  The victim left the residence for approximately 1 hour and upon her return, she noticed two rings laying on the kitchen floor of her residence.  In addition, two necklaces valued at $500 were also found missing from her jewelry box and $400 in cash was missing from a chest of drawers.  The victim reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and upon arrival, deputies interviewed Clemmons.  The investigation revealed that Clemmons was in poss ...

    Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Catherine Rodriguez


Public Information Officer (PIO)

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Catherine has more than five years of experience as a Community Relations Coordinator and Public Information Officer as well as experience in media relations and crisis communication. Prior to her employment with the Walton County Sheriff's office, Catherine worked for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the University of West Florida and the US Embassy in Honduras. During her time at Okaloosa, she was chosen to assist the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to improve media policies and procedures for their special fugitive operations. While at the US Embassy, Catherine worked with senior members of the US Country Team such as the US Ambassador, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Regional Security Office, as well as key members of the Honduran Government covering political unrest, crime, drug and arms trafficking and a host of other issues.

Catherine is on-call 24 hours a day and is responsible for developing and delivering crisis communications, public awareness campaigns, media interviews, upkeep of social media outlets, documenting the Agency through photography and videography and communicating WCSO initiatives to the public. She serves as a Public Information Officer co-chair for the Northwest Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Region One and is secretary for the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.

Catherine holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Northwest Florida State College.

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  • 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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