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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

  • Lightning Strike Effects Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail

    Due to yesterday’s lightning strike, the jail’s inmate phone system and video visitation is currently down.  The water supply was also down for several hours but has been fixed. We are working quickly to resolve the issues and appreciate the public’s patience during this outage.  ...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office to Host Citizen Law Enforcement Academy

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce its next Citizen Law Enforcement Academy, which will begin on October 9, 2014.  For citizens who want a truly eye opening experience about law enforcement, this is where it all starts.  Participants will spend about three hours in a class room once a week for approximately 10 weeks.  The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is a great program for any citizen who wishes to learn more about the field of law enforcement and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The class is FREE and will take place at the Sheriff’s Office Administration building located at 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs.  A background check will be conducted on all participants who sign-up.  To sign-up please visit http://waltonso.org/wcs ...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014
  • WCSO Arrests Individual for Soliciting a 14 Year Old Girl

      Garrett Scott Teal, 21, of 2609 Palamino Trail, Crestview, was arrested on Saturday, September 6th.  Teal is charged with “obscene communication use computer to seduce lure child.”  An undercover investigation began in May 2014, using a smartphone application to target individuals soliciting minors to engage in sexual activity.  On May 6, the investigator posted “Bored young female…J.”  On the same day, Teal replied to the post by sending a private message.  During the course of the conversation, it was made known to Teal that he was communicating with a 14 year old girl.  Teal knowingly solicited the minor to engage in sexual activity.    Teal has been ordered by Judge David Green to have no contact with minors.    ...

    Friday, 12 September 2014
  • Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments about the Walton County Sheriff’s Office

      A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive October 20, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support service.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.     As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through Walton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Catherine Rodriguez at [email protected]        F ...

    Thursday, 11 September 2014
  • WCSO Makes Arrest in Toddler Drowning

      The mother of three year old Karson Howell, who drowned in the family pool September 3rd, was arrested early this evening.  Stephanie Ann Howell, 22, was arrested without incident at 8212 Hwy 331 North, DeFuniak Springs, by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.  Howell is charged with child neglect.   Howell is booked at the Walton County Jail and will see the judge tomorrow morning where bond will be set.      More information will be released as it becomes available.   ...

    Thursday, 11 September 2014
  • Sexual Offender Bud Henry Flanagan Change of Address Notification

      Flanagan was adjudicated on 04/24/2003 for lewd or lascivious molestation victim under 12 years old in Walton County, FL.  Flanagan’s current address is 95 Seminole Drive, DeFuniak Springs.   Flanagan is a 26 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 168 lbs.   There are currently 144 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.   ...

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014
  • Sexual Offender James Michael O’Briant Address Notification

      O’Briant was convicted in Columbus, Ohio for Pandering Obscenity VIC Minor on 05/21/2014.  O’Briant’s new address is 316 Bonita Drive, DeFuniak Springs.    Sapp is a 46 year old white male with a brown hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 220 lbs   There are currently 144 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, 08 September 2014
  • Suspect Charges Upgraded to Sexual Battery

    On Sept 5, 2014 Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Freeport, Florida in reference to a complainant’s grandson molesting her 5yoa cousin. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot. A short while later, the suspect, Vincent Edward Barrett, 21yoa, of North Jackson in Freeport, Florida was located and taken into custody. Vincent was taken to the Sheriff’s office where an interview was conducted by investigators. Vincent was originally charged for Lewd and Lascivious molestation on a child under 12 and taken to the Walton County Jail.  Upon further investigation, Vincent is now being charged with Sexual Battery on a child under 12.   ...

    Monday, 08 September 2014
  • Suspect arrested for Lewd & Lascivious

        On Sept 5, 2014 Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Freeport, Florida in reference to a complainant’s grandson molesting her 5yoa cousin. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot. A short while later, the suspect, Vincent Edward Barrett, 21yoa, of North Jackson in Freeport, Florida was located and taken into custody.   Vincent was taken to the Sheriff’s office where an interview was conducted by investigators. Upon conclusion of the interview, Vincent was arrested for Lewd and Lascivious molestation on a child under 12 and taken to the Walton County Jail.   ...

    Saturday, 06 September 2014
  • Sexual Offender Julius Edward Brown Address Notification

    Brown was adjudicated in Okaloosa County, Florida, on 06/10/2008 for lewd, lascivious battery sex with a victim 12 to 15 years of age.  Brown’s new address is 511 Howlin Road, DeFuniak Springs.    Brown is a 28 year old black male with a black hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 185 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.   ...

    Thursday, 04 September 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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