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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

  • SUSPECT ADMITS TO BEING HIGH ON XANAX WHILE HE AND ASSOCIATES BURGLARIZE HOMES/CARS IN ROSEMARY BEACH

      Rosemary Beach, Fla— A 27-year-old Walton County man is behind bars after admitting to WCSO deputies he was “high on Xanax” and running from law enforcement while he and his associates burglarized neighborhoods in Rosemary Beach.  Jeremy Ray Thomas of Inlet Beach told WCSO investigators on the night of July 30th he was with multiple other individuals who he knew were checking door handles of vehicles, “rummaging” through vehicles, checking door handles of residence, and burglarizing houses in the area of West Water Street. A resident called 911 after she says she had a suspicious encounter with someone who had broken into her pool deck.   Thomas admitted in a post Miranda interview to jumping a fence or gate and being present in the back of a residence, which had a pool ...

    Monday, 03 August 2015
  • DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN BRINGS POT INTO JAIL AFTER HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ARE ARRESTED FOR METH

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Just before 3:30PM Wednesday July 29th deputies responded to a home on Popcorn Avenue in DeFuniak Springs in reference to a domestic dispute.   When deputies arrived on scene the complainant, Crystal York, 37, was observed acting erratically and told investigators the suspect, Rodney Svetlik, 42, had fled on foot.   York gave permission for deputies to search the premises and further investigation revealed methamphetamine inside the home along with equipment and tools used to manufacture meth. A small amount of marijuana was also found inside the residence.   Svetlik was found walking along the roadside shortly after and was put into custody.   Svetlik and York were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing m ...

    Thursday, 30 July 2015
  • WCSO/ABT EXECUTE UNDERAGE BUY OPERATION

    Walton County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco performed an underage buy operation for the sale of alcohol to minors at several businesses in the county. The detail ran from 7:30pm to 10pm on July 22nd. The following is a list of places WCSO and ABT conducted underage test buys on. Two buys were made from Wine World at Water Color and Tom Thumb Store #80. Eilene McGarey and Brian McGough were both given a Notice to Appear as a result of the operation.   BUDDYS FOOD MART #2 10970 Hwy 98 Inlet Beach   PEDDLER'S PUB10343 E. COUNTY HIGHWAY 30A KIOSK 1 Seacrest Beach   TOM THUMB FOOD STORE #863871 E COUNTY HWY 30A Santa Rosa Beach   PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS, INC #0153110 WATERCOLOR WAY Santa Rosa Beach   ...

    Wednesday, 29 July 2015
  • YETI COOLER STING OPERATION LEADS TO TWO JUVENILE ARRESTS

               More than a dozen deputies are to thank for performing a flawless buy/sting operation leading to the recovery of two YETI coolers in Walton County over the weekend. The top-of-the-line coolers are a hot item for thieves looking for an opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. While working three burglaries and thefts of three YETI coolers Saturday evening on Eastern Lake Road one of the victims told deputies they found a post on Craiglist advertising two Yeti coolers identical to the ones stolen. Deputy Nick Embry checked the posting and agreed the items listed were the victim’s coolers. WCSO Sergeant Cory Webster was notified and obtained permission to conduct a buy/sting in Inlet Beach. Deputy Don Fernandez changed into stre ...

    Monday, 13 July 2015
  • Aaron Kromer Arrested by WCSO for Battery

    On Saturday night deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Winston lane at Inlet Beach in Walton County, Fla in reference to a battery. When they arrived deputies spoke to the caller and learned three boys had been fishing on the beach when the suspect, later identified as Buffalo Bills Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer, and the suspect’s son confronted them over the use of beach chairs left by a beach access. Victims told deputies Kromer grabbed their fishing pole and threw the pole into the water and then pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face. It was stated Kromer then told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them. The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his fam ...

    Monday, 13 July 2015
  • WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INTRODUCES TEXT TO 911

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Available now is a new technology helping residents in Walton County receive emergency services through text message. The service provides a new way to reach 911 never used before in Northwest Florida. Text to 911 is a new feature available on all major carriers in Walton County. Citizens who are deaf, hearing impaired, or have a speech disability can now send a “short message” (SMS) text to 911 during an emergency. When a voice call might be dangerous or otherwise impossible texting to 911 is now a safe alternative. Residents should check with their wireless phone company before texting to 911. In general, you must have a text-capable wireless phone and wireless service subscription or contact with a wireless company with a “data plan”. Texting to 911 is differen ...

    Friday, 19 June 2015
  • GEORGIA MAN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING GUN TO GIRLFRIENDS HEAD

    Seacrest, Fla— A 25-year-old Georgia man is arrested following a domestic dispute at a Seacrest condominium.  On June 5th deputies were dispatched to the Inn at Seacrest where a victim provided a sworn swritten statement that her boyfriend Michael C. Griffin became angry and struck her in the face with an open hand, hit her with a gun, and put the weapon to her head. The victim said the pair had been drinking at a nearby restaurant and had gotten into a verbal argument that quickly escalated. Deputies found Griffin hiding in some thick brush south of the condo where he denied anything physical happened. Further investigation revealed the victim had obvious marks to her face and mouth and a knot was visible on her forehead.   Griffin was placed under arrested for aggravated ...

    Friday, 05 June 2015
  • JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FELONY BURGLARY ALSO WANTED OUT OF OKALOOSA COUNTY

    Mossy Head, Fla— A runaway juvenile wanted out of Okaloosa County is now behind bars once again. On June 4th just after midnight deputies responded to a call regarding a burglary at the Raceway located at 14338 State Road 10 (U.S. Highway 90).  When they arrived deputies discovered the store’s front door had been shattered and while clearing the building found blood by the cigarettes. Surveillance footage from the store shows the suspect making entry, carrying his own plastic bag, breaking the front door glass with a shock absorber from a motorcycle. The part was found at the scene (pictured). Surveillance video also shows the suspect walking into the store wearing a mask to hide his identity in a camouflage hat, jeans, and a long sleeve plaid shirt stealing nineteen cartons of cig ...

    Thursday, 04 June 2015
  • 61-year-old Arrested after Meth Lab Located inside DeFuniak Springs Home

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A trespassing call lands a 61-year-old man behind bars in Walton County after investigators discover a meth lab, paraphernalia, and methamphetamine oil weighing more than 200 grams. Deputies responded to 507 Rockman Lane in reference to a trespassing call for service just before noon on June 3rd. After arriving on scene and making contact with the suspect it was learned the man, identified as Michael Joe Potter, 61, had a warrant out of Holmes County. Potter was read his Miranda rights and then proceeded to tell deputies he had a meth lab inside the home. Investigators found three bottles of a bi-layer liquid, three glass jars with a single layer liquid which were later identified as meth oil. Three pill bottles were also located with finished product methamphetam ...

    Thursday, 04 June 2015
  • PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST OF PANAMA CITY WOMAN DRIVING STOLEN VEHICLE

    Defuniak Springs, Fla— A 23-year-old Panama City woman is arrested after leading Defuniak Springs Police on a pursuit while exceeding 100 miles per hour. On June 1, 2015 just before 6am a Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy on an off-duty detail was dispatched to a pursuit of a vehicle traveling west on Highway 90 passing Kings Lake Boulevard. The vehicle the suspect was driving, a Hertz rental car, was confirmed stolen and the driver was thought to be armed. The deputy drove closer to the location pulling over at Blackstone Golf Course and could see a vehicle passing cars to the east. As the vehicles were approaching the Blackstone Golf Course the deputy spotted the vehicle, a black Buick with Tennessee tags, and a female driver. The deputy pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens activat ...

    Monday, 01 June 2015
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Continuous Improvement

In keeping with the Sheriff's vision of "Commitment to Excellence" a Continuous Improvement Unit (CIU) was formed. The purpose is to look at all processes within the agency and to review and define better ways to implement them.

Utilizing LEAN, a Toyota Manufacturing concept as the model for this endeavour, the primary function of the CIU is to eliminate waste, producing greater efficiency, better operating methods, reduction in time and movement ultimately saving dollars.

While the selection of the processes to improve is driven by the Executive level, the ideas for improving the actual process is developed and implemented by the rank and file. The importance of agency member involvement cannot be overstated. This has helped institute an e-suggestion box that is fully transparent and open to all for suggestions. The CIU must route these suggestions to the appropriate Bureau to be acted upon.

CIU is a systemic approach to identifying and elimination of waste through constant analysis of agency processes in pursuit of perfection. This drives the foundation for Commitment to Excellence.

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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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