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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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Citizen Volunteer Unit

VOLUNTEER-chickdannyThe Citizen Volunteer Unit focuses on individuals who wish to bring their talents and expertise wherever the WCSO finds a need. Some of the positions include administrative tasks, Neighborhood Watch and other duties. The Citizen Volunteer Unit provided 5,689.31 hours of assistance in 2013 with approximately 38 volunteers.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office Posse started in 2010 with ten members and has now grown to twenty-four. The Posse Unit helps augment activities from within the Sheriff's Office and gives citizens an opportunity to get involved with their community. They provide assistance to patrol, emergency services and community events. Its purpose is to save taxpayer money while providing sworn law enforcement officers with more time to respond and focus on violent criminals and complex criminal investigations.

Citizen Posse volunteers patrol the entire Walton County area and are equipped with retired patrol vehicles. The volunteers assist in funeral processions, festivals, fairs, neighborhood patrols and other events that typically require a deputy's presence. The Citizen Posse Unit's greatest contribution is assisting disabled motorists. Volunteers are able to provide someone who was involved in an accident with a ride home. The Citizen Posse are not sworn law enforcement officers and do not possess arrest powers.

PosseIn November, 2013, the WCSO Posses received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. In 2003, President George W. Bush worked with Congress to initiate the "Presidential Volunteer Service Award." The award was for both individuals and groups who dedicated their time for the betterment of their community. The WCSO Posse was nominated for the award and received a gold medal for reaching over 4000 volunteer hours in 2013. The WCSO Posse is the first "sheriff's group" presented the distinction in the State of Florida. The award is presented to groups in the following category: Health, Youth, Parks and Emergency. The WCSO Posse received the award in the "Emergency" category.

Citizen Volunteers and Posse members are required to serve a minimum of sixteen (16) hours per month. Applicants must pass a criminal history investigation and interview. Uniforms and necessary equipment will be provided by the WCSO.

Applications are available ONLINE as well as at the following locations:
  • Sheriff's Office Administration Building, 752 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs
  • Sheriff's Office Substation, 133 Sheriff's Drive, Santa Rosa Beach
  • All School Resource Deputies at the middle and high school level

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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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