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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 Nets Five Arrests After Meth Lab Bust

      On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit served a probable cause search warrant at 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach.  Investigators located an active “one-pot” methamphetamine lab, along with over 200 grams of bi-layer liquids which is suspected to be meth oil.  Investigators also found pre-curser chemicals and used syringes lying throughout the small camper trailer.  Upon execution of the warrant, the following individuals were arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia:   Troy Lynn Roberts, 37, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach   Taylor Alexis Gates, 20, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach   Samuel D ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest

           A joint investigation between Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices led to the arrest of Justin Ryan Tankersley, 28, of 2907 Cosson Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.             On 10/31/2014, a Yamaha motorcycle had been stolen from a residence in DeFuniak Springs. On 11/11/2014, Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office conducted an interview with Tankersley at his residence in reference to items that had been stolen from their county. During the course of the interview, several items had been located in Tankersley’s possession that had been reported stolen to include the Yamaha motorcycle.            On 11/13/2014, ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • WCSO Investigating Pizza Delivery Robbery

        On November 19, 2014, around 6:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to Hungry Howies in DeFuniak Springs, in reference to an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person.  The incident occurred off Charlie Brown Road at approximately 5:45 pm.  As the driver parked the vehicle, a white male came from the bushes and approached the driver side window.  The male stated, “I just want the money” and pointed a black handgun at the driver.  The driver removed an undisclosed amount of money from the bank bag and gave it to the male.  The male then turned his head, yelled and a black male, late teens to early twenties, came from the bushes and ran towards the white male where they both ran down Charlie Brown Road (East) to South Norwood Road.   ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Arnold Dewayne Thomas Change of Address Notification

      Thomas was adjudicated on 12/28/2004 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12-15 years old in Holmes County, FL.  Thomas’ current address is 7 Juniper Lake Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Thomas is currently taking care of a sick relative and has a temporary address of 1291 Thomas Lane, Westville, FL (Holmes County).   Thomas is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 140 lbs.   There are currently 150 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 ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • WCSO Holiday Safety Tips

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips on how to be safe this holiday season.   Shopping Safety Tips   - Always walk and park in well-lit areas. - While out and about, present an alert presence. - Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car and waiting to strike when you least expect it. - There is safety in numbers, shop with friends or relatives. - Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. - Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry or clothing. - Have car keys ready to use when you reach the car.   Vehicle Safety & ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Walton County Sheriff's Office Arrests Three for Armed Robbery at Loves Travel Shop

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that took place early this morning at McDonalds within Loves Travel Shop, located at 17750 State Highway 285, Mossy Head.  Two black male suspects with partially covered faces entered the business around 3:15 am this morning.  One of the suspects brandished a 22 magnum handgun and demanded money.  Both suspects fled with approximately $2,500 in a 2008 Mazda with a Louisiana tag heading towards Niceville.  Patrol deputies pursued and stopped the suspect’s vehicle.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  A third suspect was apprehended a few hours later near Hwy 90 and Emma Lane in Mossy Head.  The weapon used during the robbery and the stolen money have be ...

    Tuesday, 11 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Christopher Dwight Cole Address Notification

    Cole was adjudicated on 06/15/1999 for sexual battery/coerces by threat.  Cole’s current address is 871 Nance Road, Laurel Hill. Cole is a 46 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 5’09” and 183 lbs. There are currently 149 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, 10 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Paul Dennis St Onge Address Notification

      St Onge was adjudicated on 10/16/1998 lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Santa Rosa County, FL.  St Onge’s current address is 716 Wallace Road, DeFuniak Springs.   St Onge is a 38 year old white male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’08” and 240 lbs.   There are currently 150 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, 10 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Thomas Allen Lowe Address Notification

      Lowe was adjudicated on 01/18/1994 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Holmes County.  Lowe’s current address is 5213 Hwy 83, Defuniak Springs.   Lowe is a 46 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 232 lbs.   There are currently 148 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, 10 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Patrick Michael Odell Change of Address Notification

      Odell was adjudicated on 10/29/1997 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County.  On 10/10/2005, Odell was adjudicated for failing to register as a sexual offender in Walton County and adjudicated again on 1/05/2012 for failing to register as a sexual offender in Holmes County.  Odell’s current address is 123 E Marigold Avenue, Defuniak Springs.   Odell is a 36 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’04” and 122 lbs.   There are currently 148 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 ...

    Monday, 10 November 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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