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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

  • WCSO Warns Citizens of Facebook Powerball Scam

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn citizens about a scam called Facebook Powerball Lottery.  An investigator with the Sheriff’s Office is currently working on a case where a citizen was contacted by one of her friends on Facebook to go claim her prize that she won on the Facebook Powerball Lottery.  The citizen was then contacted by an unknown person, not on her Facebook friends list and was informed that she won $150,000.  She was asked to send $1,500, via Western Union, and in turn, she would receive the $150,000.  The subject also asked for her name, date of birth, address, cell phone number and e-mail address.  Thankfully, the citizen did not send any money and reported the scam to the Sheriff’s Office.  If you are solicited on Facebo ...

    Tuesday, 15 April 2014
  • WCSO Pet of the Week

    Captain Audie Rowell with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is helping Tasha to find a good home. She is a 17 lb. Beagle mix, less than one year old. Tasha has been spayed, heartworm negative and has all her shots. She is ready for adoption at the Walton County Animal Shelter. Adoption fee is $55.00.  Call 892-8186 to ask about Tasha and adopt her today! ...

    Friday, 11 April 2014
  • One Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

      On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 504 Musset Bayou Road, Santa Rosa Beach.  More than 14 grams of finished product methamphetamine, numerous hypodermic syringes, spoons with residue, working digital scale with residue, cut straws and approximately 30 broken up suspected Xanax pills were seized.  William Travis Glass, 35, residence listed above, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotic equipment.  Glass was booked at the Walton County Jail.   ...

    Friday, 11 April 2014
  • WCSO Citizen Survey

    A citizen survey is an important tool that law enforcement agencies can use to measure the satisfaction of citizens in the community they serve.  Feedback is crucial so agencies can determine where improvements need to be made, evaluate the effectiveness of community policing activities and programs undertaken by agencies on behalf of their citizens.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from our citizens and visitors to tell us how we are doing.  Please visit our website at www.waltonso.org and click on the tab Citizen Services.   ...

    Thursday, 10 April 2014
  • Impersonation of an LEO Leads to Methamphetamine Arrest

    On Thursday, April 3, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducted an investigation targeting John Travis Clark, of 3222 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, who was suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.  As a result of the investigation, agents searched Clark’s residence and located approximately 1500 grams of suspected methamphetamine oil and paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after Clark had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to facilitate the purchase of pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor chemical used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. John Travis Clark was charged w ...

    Tuesday, 08 April 2014
  • Suspected Arrested on Multiple Charges to Include Breaking a Patrol Car Window

    On Monday, April 7th, a deputy responded to the Florida Department of Corrections Probation Office, located at 2338 Hwy 90, Defuniak Springs, to serve a warrant.  The suspect, Robin Cooper, 28, of 186 N 7th Street, Santa Rosa Beach, violated her probation and was placed under arrest.  While the deputy was escorting Cooper to the patrol car, Cooper began to resist.  A probation officer assisted the deputy in getting Cooper in the backseat of the patrol car.  As the deputy was pulling away from the probation office, Cooper starting kicking the right rear passenger window causing damage.  Cooper then proceeded to kick the left rear driver side window, broke it and crawled out the window.  Cooper began running back to the probation office and the deputy was able t ...

    Tuesday, 08 April 2014
  • Jack Adair, III, Arrested for Multiple Charges

    Jack Donald Adair, III, 22, of 56 W Orange Avenue, Defuniak Springs, was arrested on Thursday, April 3rd, for armed burglary, two counts of larceny of a firearm and criminal mischief.  On March 14th, Adair broke into a home off Steele Church Road, Defuniak Springs, and stole two firearms and prescription pills.  On the same day, Adair, sold one of the firearms to a pawn shop in Defuniak Springs.  Adair was previously arrested for two counts of dealing in stolen property.    ...

    Monday, 07 April 2014
  • Sexual Predators and Sexual Offenders Will Now Register at the Walton County Jail

      As of today, Monday, April 7th, Sexual Predators and Sexual Offenders who move to Walton County or have to update their address within the county must register at the Walton County Jail, located at 796 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs.  Registration will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 am to 11 am and 12 pm to 4 pm.  For more information, please call the Walton County Jail at 850.892.8196.   There are currently 147 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 sig ...

    Monday, 07 April 2014
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    WCSO Unveils New Website

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the release of our newly designed website.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “The purpose of this new website is to make the Sheriff’s Office more accessible to our shareholders.  I fundamentally believe that making our office more transparent to the public is always good for business.”The Walton County Sheriff’s wishes to thank Bruner and Company, of Miramar Beach, FL, for their support and assistance in this endeavor.   ...

    Thursday, 03 April 2014
  • Spring Breaker Arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer

    On March 31 (Monday), deputies were trying to locate an open house party in Santa Rosa Beach while on foot.  As deputies approached the residence, Brandon Hardee, 17, of 1730 Bucks Club Drive, Alpharetta, GA, was also walking towards the same residence and was in possession of two beer cans which he tried to conceal once he saw the deputies approach.  One of the deputies tried to make contact with Hardee, who forcefully hit the deputy in the upper chest and attempted to flee.  A struggle ensued which took both Hardee and the deputy to the ground.  Hardee continued to resist but was eventually placed in handcuffs.  A search of his person was conducted and deputies found a small amount of marijuana and a smoking device.  Hardee was booked at the Walton County Ja ...

    Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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Dear Walton County Citizens,

Sheriff-on-cameraI am in my 20th year in law enforcement and during that time I have witnessed many changes in law enforcement philosophies and practices. Having worked in the state, municipal and county law enforcement arena I have developed a sense of what works and what is needed for continued professional growth. I have served at different levels of law enforcement command structures from line supervisor to Chief of Police prior to being elected sheriff in 2009. All of these experiences have taught me to be adaptive and innovative in the pursuit of best practices that will drive the Walton County Sheriff's Office towards excellence. Part of that pursuit is the understanding that learning is a lifetime journey and not simply a task to be accomplished. I have made continued education a priority for the men and women of our agency.

Walton County and the state of Florida face numerous challenges in the coming years and while crime is now at an almost 40 year low level, we are still seeing a rise in drug abuse. Walton County is dealing with a significant methamphetamine and prescription pill problem. The Walton Co Sheriff's Office is now one of the state's top performers in combating the manufacture of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, I realize that our efforts in enforcement will not be enough and we must look for other approaches as well. In the future I intend to use my position as sheriff to not only combat the drug issue, but to emphasize preventive measures to help citizens protect themselves and their children from the dangers of substance abuse.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office is committed to implementing a businesslike approach to improving efficiency and customer satisfaction. One such program is our adoption of the Lean Six Sigma philosophy. And while we have reduced our operating budget by almost 1 million dollars (which allowed us to absorb increased cost without raising our budget) since 2009 we have been able to maintain productivity. Currently the Sheriff's office is expected to handle over 140,000 calls for service in 2012. Comparing this to the less than 82,000 calls for service in 2007 illustrates that while handling a reduced operating budget we have been able to meet the needs of the public.

During my time as sheriff we have handled challenges and obstacles from a wide range or areas, from oil spills to major homicide investigations. We have been recognized as a leader in law enforcement innovation and have received state accreditation. I believe that 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.

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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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