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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

  • Uncle and Nephew Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

    On Wednesday, September 24th, the Eglin Range Patrol observed two males in a vehicle on Eglin property with a suspicious bottle next to the driver’s side door.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to the area of 15000 West State Highway 20 to assist Eglin Range Patrol.  Upon further investigation, the bottle was determined to be an active one-pot methamphetamine cook vessel.  Investigators with the Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived on scene and rendered the bottle safe. Various items used in the manufacture of and consumption of methamphetamine were found in the vehicle and surrounding area. Richard Lee Cox (uncle), 33, of 38 Pahl Road, Niceville and Bryan Matthew Cox (nephew), 29, of 58 Beach Street, Freeport, were both charged with trafficking in metha ...

    Friday, 26 September 2014
  • WCSO VICE/Narcotics Unit Assist in Meth Arrest

      On Wednesday, September 24, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit assisted State Probation with an administrative search at the home of Gary Dale Edwards, 62, of 847 Ezra Brannon Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Edwards voluntarily signed a consent to search form allowing the Sheriff’s Office to assist State Probation. Methamphetamine was found in some of Edwards clothing on his bed.  State Probation arrested Edwards for violating his probation.  Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office secured the residence and obtained a probable cause search warrant for the residence.  During the search another container of methamphetamine was located in Edward’s bedroom.      Edwards was charged with possession of methamphetamine.   ...

    Friday, 26 September 2014
  • WCSO to Host First Jail Break Zombie 5K Fun Run

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our first Jail Break Zombie Fun Run!!  The course for this race will have obstacles.   When: November 1, 2014   Where: Walton County Sheriff’s Office located at 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs   Time: Race times begin at 8 am / Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 am on the morning of the race.  Early packet pick-up will take place the day before the race, October 31st from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm at the Walton County Sheriff's Office (located at 752 Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs.)   Why: To raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)   For more information please call 850.892.8186   To sign up: ...

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014
  • WCSO Pet of the Week

    Sgt. Jennifer Fannin is helping Tara find a home. She is a 3 year old female Schnauzer/Bulldog that is heartworm negative and already spayed. While at the Walton County Animal Shelter, Tara was selected by Alaqua Ani...mal Rescue to participate in their Unconditional Love Program. The program rescues unwanted canines from neglect and abuse situations and uses inmate labor to train them with basic obedience skills with the goal of being adopted as companion canines. During training, Tara learned basic obedience commands such as: Sit, Down, Take a break (potty), Here, Stay, etc. If you would like to adopt Tara please contact Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850-880-6399 or the Walton County Animal Shelter at 850-892-8758.   ...

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014
  • 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 ...

    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
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Captain Mike Howell


Chief of South Uniform Patrol Bureau

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Captain Howell currently serves as the Chief of the South Uniform Patrol Bureau. Captain Howell is a native of Walton County and a 22 year law enforcement veteran having served in both state and local agencies. He began his career as a police officer with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department before being appointed deputy sheriff with the Walton County Sheriff's Office in 1995.

In 1998, he joined the Florida Highway Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, where he was selected as a canine handler and drug interdiction officer and liaison for highway interdiction efforts with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), El Paso Information Center (EPIC), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). He was selected as the agency's canine instructor and received intensive training at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Canine Training Academy in El Paso, Texas.

Captain Howell joined Sheriff Adkinson' s administration in January of 2009 as special operations commander, managing the beach patrol, traffic enforcement, K-9 teams, aviation unit and marine unit functions. He also served as patrol watch commander and criminal investigations commander, leading all investigative functions including person's crimes, property crimes, narcotics/vice, and crime scene/evidence. He is a graduate of the 242nd session of FBI National Academy. In 2008, he was honoured with Florida's highest award for public safety by being selected "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" by Florida's Attorney General and Cabinet for his success in drug interdiction cases.

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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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