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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

  • Search for Missing/Runaway Juvenile

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Johnny Kirk, 15, of Freeport, FL.  Kirk was last seen by his mother boarding a school bus around 6 am on April 16th.  Kirk is 5’1, weighs 106 lbs and has blonde hair and blue eyes.  Kirk was last seen wearing a Freeport High School t-shirt, blue jeans, a black jacket and blue/white tennis shoes.  Anyone with information on Johnny Kirk is asked to please contact Investigator Rome Garrett at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.      ...

    Tuesday, 22 April 2014
  • WCSO Jail Recognizes Employee of the Month

    Detention Deputy James Hall is selected as the top employee of the month for May.  Bravo shift supervisor, Sergeant Larry Adams stated, “Due to James’s exceptional organizational skills, Bravo shift was able to book 44 spring breakers and release 52 (8 from the day shift) within the first night of spring break.”  After completing several details at Seascape, during spring break, Deputy Hall stayed over to assist his fellow deputies at the jail to help expedite the booking and release process.  In over a two week period, Deputy Hall’s shift booked 278 and released 257 individuals.The Sheriff’s Office is extremely proud of Deputy Hall, who has been with the jail since May of 1996.    ...

    Thursday, 17 April 2014
  • Walton County Emergency Notification System

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center partnered with Hyper-Reach Emergency Notification Systems, an industry leader with over 10 years of experience notifying communities. Hyper-Reach allows the Sheriff’s Office to quickly send a message to residents in a specific area informing them of an emergency situation that may require action on their part.  The system is designed to send thousands of calls or messages simultaneously.  It has been successfully used on countless occasions for incidents such as hazardous chemical releases, missing persons, barricaded persons, storm warnings, boil water alerts and much more.  The message informs residents of what is occurring and what steps they need to take along with informing them of when the incident is over.The Sheriff’s Off ...

    Thursday, 17 April 2014
  • Father and Son Arrested on Multiple Weapons and Drug Charges

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from the ATF, arrested Larry Hall and Larry Hall Jr., both of 1060 Delaware Road, Defuniak Springs, Tuesday, April 15th.  A member of the Sheriff’s Office posed undercover to trade a firearm with Larry Hall, Jr., who is a convicted felon.  Hall was subsequently arrested at an undisclosed location in Mossy Head and the firearm was recovered.  A search warrant was conducted at the suspect’s home, mentioned above, and ten firearms ranging from a 45 caliber pistol, 30-06 rifle, sawed off shotgun, AK-47, two military carbines, several 22 caliber rifles and a single shot shotgun were seized.  In addition, numerous items of drug paraphernalia was also found, along with cannabis which was stored in separate bags consiste ...

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  • 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 Facebook regar ...

    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
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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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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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