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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

  • Sentencing of Johnathan Michael Saylor

      Jonathan Michael Saylor, 38, of 4115 E Hwy 20, Freeport, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 36 months state prison time and $975.00 worth of legal fees for sexual battery.  On December 23rd, 2013, Saylor held a victim against her will, with a knife to her throat and sexually battered her.  After reviewing all the evidence, deputies and investigators with the WCSO arrived at Saylor’s residence on January 10, 2014, to arrest him.  Saylor fled the scene and a brief struggle took place when he was apprehended.  The Sheriff’s Office charged Saylor with battery, aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, sexual assault and resisting an officer with violence.    ...

    Tuesday, 23 September 2014
  • Rolling Domestic Leads to Child Abuse and Aggravated Assault Charges

      On Monday, September 22, deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the area of Kylea Laird Road in Freeport.  The caller stated that his children’s mother had rammed his vehicle with her car intentionally to try and get him to stop and give their son to her.  After speaking to all parties involved, to include two children ages 14 and 11, Tara McCullers, 32, was charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and 2 counts of child abuse.  McCullers intentionally struck/rammed Jerald Hansley’s truck with her car, she attempted to intimidate and/or scare Hansley who is the father of her children and did put fear in both children who stated they were scared during the incident.  The 14 year old child, who was in the vehicle with McCullers, h ...

    Tuesday, 23 September 2014
  • 15-30-Life, Recent Walton County Sentencing’s

      Top Left: Simmons Top Right: Ritchie Bottom Left: Ramirez Steven Ryan Ritchie, 23, was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, based on six prior out-of-state felony convictions and he is also designated as a Habitual Felony Offender. ... Ritchie plead guilty September 4th, to include: resisting an officer with violence, grand theft auto, burglary of a dwelling, two counts of grand theft, two counts of burglary of a conveyance and destroying electronic monitoring equipment. Ritchie was arrested and charged August 27th by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, leaving a scene of an accident with injuries, resisting arrest with violence and grand theft auto. Ritchie was driving a 1999 blue Jeep Wrangler which was repor ...

    Monday, 22 September 2014
  • Lightning Strike Effects Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail

    Due to yesterday’s lightning strike, the jail’s inmate phone system and video visitation is currently down.  The water supply was also down for several hours but has been fixed. We are working quickly to resolve the issues and appreciate the public’s patience during this outage.  ...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office to Host Citizen Law Enforcement Academy

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce its next Citizen Law Enforcement Academy, which will begin on October 9, 2014.  For citizens who want a truly eye opening experience about law enforcement, this is where it all starts.  Participants will spend about three hours in a class room once a week for approximately 10 weeks.  The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is a great program for any citizen who wishes to learn more about the field of law enforcement and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The class is FREE and will take place at the Sheriff’s Office Administration building located at 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs.  A background check will be conducted on all participants who sign-up.  To sign-up please visit http://waltonso.org/wcs ...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014
  • WCSO Arrests Individual for Soliciting a 14 Year Old Girl

      Garrett Scott Teal, 21, of 2609 Palamino Trail, Crestview, was arrested on Saturday, September 6th.  Teal is charged with “obscene communication use computer to seduce lure child.”  An undercover investigation began in May 2014, using a smartphone application to target individuals soliciting minors to engage in sexual activity.  On May 6, the investigator posted “Bored young female…J.”  On the same day, Teal replied to the post by sending a private message.  During the course of the conversation, it was made known to Teal that he was communicating with a 14 year old girl.  Teal knowingly solicited the minor to engage in sexual activity.    Teal has been ordered by Judge David Green to have no contact with minors.    ...

    Friday, 12 September 2014
  • Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments about the Walton County Sheriff’s Office

      A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive October 20, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support service.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.     As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through Walton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Catherine Rodriguez at [email protected]        F ...

    Thursday, 11 September 2014
  • WCSO Makes Arrest in Toddler Drowning

      The mother of three year old Karson Howell, who drowned in the family pool September 3rd, was arrested early this evening.  Stephanie Ann Howell, 22, was arrested without incident at 8212 Hwy 331 North, DeFuniak Springs, by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.  Howell is charged with child neglect.   Howell is booked at the Walton County Jail and will see the judge tomorrow morning where bond will be set.      More information will be released as it becomes available.   ...

    Thursday, 11 September 2014
  • Sexual Offender Bud Henry Flanagan Change of Address Notification

      Flanagan was adjudicated on 04/24/2003 for lewd or lascivious molestation victim under 12 years old in Walton County, FL.  Flanagan’s current address is 95 Seminole Drive, DeFuniak Springs.   Flanagan is a 26 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 168 lbs.   There are currently 144 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.   ...

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014
  • Sexual Offender James Michael O’Briant Address Notification

      O’Briant was convicted in Columbus, Ohio for Pandering Obscenity VIC Minor on 05/21/2014.  O’Briant’s new address is 316 Bonita Drive, DeFuniak Springs.    Sapp is a 46 year old white male with a brown hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 220 lbs   There are currently 144 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, 08 September 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.

Mike-Signature-Blue

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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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