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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 Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges Thanks to an Anonymous Tip

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip shortly after midnight on Thursday, October 16th, where the caller stated that a man by the name of Christopher Dwight Ford was driving on Coy Burgess Loop in DeFuniak Springs and may be going to pick up a load of narcotics.  A description of the vehicle was given and the caller stated that Ford may have drugs and a gun inside the vehicle.  A BOLO (Be On The Look Out) was given to Deputies who were patrolling the area.  Deputies located the vehicle at McDonalds, which was described as an older model blue and white Chevy truck.  The tag number on the vehicle was run and it confirmed the vehicle belonged to Ford.  A traffic stop was initiated on I10 after the driver failed to signal as he merged int ...

    Friday, 17 October 2014
  • Sexual Offender Albert Jackson Sorrells Change of Address Notification

    Sorrells was adjudicated on 11/19/2002 for sexual abuse 2nd degree and on 05/01/2006 for failure to register as a sex offender in Covington County, AL.  Sorrells current address is 22823 US Hwy 331 North, Laurel Hill. Sorrells is a 49 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’02” and 180 lbs. There are currently 145 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County. The WCSO encourages families to visit 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.     ...

    Friday, 17 October 2014
  • Two Held at Gunpoint by Citizen, Both Arrested for Burglary

      On October 14, 2014, shortly after 6 pm, deputies responded to 167 State Road 85 (Laurel Hill) for a burglary in progress.  A witness saw one male suspect enter the closed convenience store known as Paradise Lotto, through the back of the building.  A red Dodge Dakota pickup truck was at the scene with a female waiting inside.  The male suspect had in his possession several packs of cigarettes and left with the female in the truck traveling towards Florala, AL.  Both suspects returned a few minutes later and pulled up behind another store located next to Paradise Lotto, which was owned by the witness.  The Sheriff’s Office was notified by the witness.  The witness stated that the male suspect was walking towards him and at that point, the witness pulle ...

    Wednesday, 15 October 2014
  • Search Warrant results in two arrests for Methamphetamine Production

    On October 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Jimmy Ray Thomas, 46, of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community. The search warrant is part of a lengthy investigation in reference to methamphetamine production in the area. Thomas was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, Trafficking in methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia.  Kayla Mechelle Ailey, 23, also of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community was also arrested during the search warrant and charged with Possession of a controlled substance. T ...

    Friday, 10 October 2014
  • Yearlong investigation leads to arrest for chicken fighting

    In October of 2013 an investigation was opened up on Joseph Aaron Richards, 35, of 407 E. Renoir Rd, DeFuniak Springs, for chicken fighting. On September 25, 2014, members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau executed a search warrant at Richards residence. Several items were found to include publications on conditioning methods for fighting as well as how to prepare special diets prior to fighting the chickens. Richards was also found to be in possession of approximately 50 hens, roosters and biddies. Several of the chickens were seized and are now being housed at the Walton County Animal Shelter.   Richards was arrested and charged with Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Animal to Fight or Bait, a third degree felony, and Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Equipment for Animal F ...

    Thursday, 09 October 2014
  • Deputies discover unknown burglary

    Michael Charles Huber, 33, of 70 Camp Creek Road 7, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence.  On October 7, 2014, Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with the victim who lived out of state and was notified that he may have had items stolen from his trailer upon discovering that the door was open. The victim did find that items were missing at this time. On October 2, 2014, Deputies had conducted a traffic stop on Huber and remembered seeing items described in the burglary as being in the vehicle. Further investigation into this incident revealed that the item described and the items in the vehicle were the same. On October 7, 2014, at approximately 8:30pm ...

    Thursday, 09 October 2014
  • Subject arrested for Meth Lab found in pant leg

    On 10-2-14 Patrol Deputies responded to 290 Stillwater Rd, Freeport, FL, in reference to an anonymous call that stated a subject was present that possessed methamphetamine. During their investigation, Deputies discovered an active “One- Pot” methamphetamine lab in the pant leg of Ian Freudenriech, 23, of Defuniak Springs.   Freudenriech was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail. He was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trafficking in Methamphetamine and is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.  ...

    Thursday, 09 October 2014
  • Sexual Offender Change of Address Notification

      Michael Dean Fatheree was adjudicated on 8/30/1996 in Walton County, Florida, for lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 – 15.  Fatheree’s new address is 565 B H Reddick Road, Ponce De Leon.  Fatheree is a 36 year old white male with a bald head and brown eyes, 5’10” and 190 lbs.   James Scott Johnson was adjudicated on 05/22/2001 for lewd and lascivious exhibition on a victim under 16 in Walton County, adjudicated on 02/18/2003 for failure to register in Walton County, 10/18/2005 for failure to report as a sex offender in Walton County and on 04/17/2008 for failure to register in Walton County.  Johnson’s current address is 46 Peach Tree Street, Paxton.  Johnson is a 40 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’08” and ...

    Wednesday, 08 October 2014
  • Residential Burglary Leads to Arrest

    At approximately 12:35 a.m., this morning, deputies responded to a home off Santa Barbara Avenue in Santa Rosa Beach, regarding a residential burglary in progress.  The victim found a person standing in the hallway of his home and a struggle took place that lead to the garage.  During the struggle, the suspect struck the victim with a tennis racket and tools off the work bench.  The victim’s wife called the Sheriff’s Office and was able to give a description of the suspect who fled from the scene on a blue mountain bike.  After approximately three minutes on scene at the residence, Deputies made contact with an individual matching the suspect’s description at La Canossa Boulevard and South Church Street.  The victim was able to identify the individual as the person ...

    Monday, 06 October 2014
  • Name the K9 “Stuffed” Pup Back to School Kick-Off

      The WCSO K9 Unit and School Resource Deputies are enlisting the help of our Walton County K through 4th grade teachers and students to come up with a name for our K9 “stuffed” pup.  The K9 Unit will choose the name and will present the pup to the winning class.  The winning class will get to keep the pup for the year and at the end, the School Resource Deputy will choose a student out of the class who has shown a “Commitment to Excellence.”   We also plan to engage the community through Facebook and recognize all the classes who submitted a name.  The winner will be announced and a photo opportunity will be done with the classroom, K9 Unit and School Resource Deputy.     Kick-off begins today and all submissions must be given to the School Resourc ...

    Monday, 06 October 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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