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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

  • Deputies Respond to Commercial Burglary within Two Minutes, Find $200,000 Dollars’ Worth of Sunglasses in Garbage Cans

    On January 25th, around 10 p.m., Deputies responded to an alarm activation at Solstice Sunglasses located in the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Miramar Beach.  Upon arrival, Deputies found four large trash cans containing an estimated 1,000 pairs of sunglasses worth $200,000 dollars.  Video footage shows a silver or white van pull up in front of the store and four individuals are seen getting out of the van and make entry into the store.  All four individuals were wearing dark colored clothing, hoodies, gloves and masks.    Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator Matt Williams with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.   ...

    Monday, 26 January 2015
  • Organized Retail Theft Ring Busted Up By Walton County Sheriff's Deputies

    On January 19, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting incident at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestin. The caller described the suspect vehicle, which was later stopped in the parking lot by the first responding deputy. A pair of jeans valued at $317 could be seen in plain sight inside the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise, including a large amount of alcohol. During the investigation, deputies were advised by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office of a theft of a large amount of alcohol from Destin and Fort Walton Beach earlier that same day.   All suspects were identified by eyewitness statements and store security video. During the theft in Walton County, it was determined ...

    Tuesday, 20 January 2015
  • Unknown person impersonates an officer and conducts traffic stop

    On January 13, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and told of an unknown person impersonating a law enforcement officer and conducting traffic stops. The caller stated that on January 13, at approximately 6:20pm, while in the area of County Hwy 0605, DeFuniak Springs, a black Chevy Impala stopped the caller and wanted to know why they were driving so slowly. Once the subject realized that the caller was the wife of an officer, he left the scene. The vehicle is described as a black Chevy Impala, possibly a 2002 model, with red, white and blue lights located on the dash. The driver is described as White male, Approx. 45 years old, dark brown full beard and moustache, approx. ½ to 1” in length. Possibly brown eyes, under 6 feet tall and a fit build. He was wearing a navy or bl ...

    Friday, 16 January 2015
  • Burglary Suspect Apprehended Immediately in DeFuniak Springs, All Items Recovered and Returned to Owner

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office quickly apprehended Jonathan Hillard Davis, 31, of 64 E Tulip Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, after a victim returned to her home off Walden Road, DeFuniak Springs, and saw Davis run from the residence.  The victim advised the Sheriff’s Office that she entered into the garage, heard a loud noise and noticed a window screen on the ground and the window glass broken.  The victim saw the suspect run from her residence and was able to give a description of what the suspect was wearing and that he was running North on Walden Road.  The victim saw the suspect drop several items that were taken from the home.  Deputies responded, canvassed the area and located Davis at his home.  Two individuals witnessed Davis run out of the woods, ca ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
  • ASPCA Gives WCSO $8,000 Grant for the Care of Seized Horses

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is thankful to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for an $8,000 grant.  Investigator Breezy Adkinson applied for a grant with the ASPCA to help offset expenses the Sheriff’s Office incurred after rescuing multiple animals from a case that stemmed back from 2013.  One of the animals, “Noble” was taken from 1426 JW Hollington Road, Freeport, after the owner was charged with multiple felony counts of animal cruelty.  The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to cases involving animal abuse, abandonment and neglect.  We are committed to educating owners of domestic pets and livestock on providing medical care, appropriate diet and proper living conditions.  The first photo is of Noble when he was rescued.& ...

    Monday, 12 January 2015
  • Update on New Year’s Day Dog Attack that lead to Saving 40 Dogs

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with members of the State Attorney’s Office this morning in reference to the incident that occurred New Year’s Day that put a local man in the hospital and 40 dogs were rescued.  All the dogs taken from the residence located at 60 Orange Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office by the owners and are currently being evaluated by a veterinarian so they can be put up for adoption.  The dogs who were a part of the attack are in quarantine and will be assessed after ten days.  While law enforcement officers were on scene, an adult dog died and three puppies died later at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.  These dogs will be sent to Gainesville for necropsy.  The Sheriff’s Office in ...

    Friday, 09 January 2015
  • Suspect Arrested for Sending Explicit Sexual Photos to a Juvenile

      An investigator with the WCSO Special Victims Unit arrested Joseph Michael Gibbs, 27, of 159 L Street, Santa Rosa Beach, on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Gibbs communicated with a 12 year old female on Kik Messenger using an electronic device between the dates of October 9, 2014 and November 5, 2014.  Gibbs solicited the juvenile numerous times to send explicit pictures to him and also sent an explicit picture of himself to the female. Gibbs is charged with transmission of harmful material to a minor.    ...

    Friday, 09 January 2015
  • School Bus Driver Arrested for Sexually Battering a 12yoa Child on School Bus

      David Gordon O’Brien, 45, of 1226 Railroad Ave, DeFuniak Springs, a former bus driver with Walton County, was arrested by WCSO Investigators today at his current place of employment, Graceville Correctional Facility in Jackson County.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau opened an investigation on O’Brien after allegations of sexual misconduct were made by multiple children to the school authorities. The school contacted us immediately after the allegations were made.   A sexual battery was discovered during a subsequent investigation where O’Brien made inappropriate comments and was touching a victim in a sexual manner while on the school bus. O’Brien pulled off the side of a road and sexually assaulted the victim once all the other childr ...

    Thursday, 08 January 2015
  • WCSO to Host Teen Driver Challenge in February at Freeport High School

    Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers?  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our young drivers and is offering a program called the Teen Driver Challenge.  It is a free course designed to help teens boost their driving skills and lessen the chances of being involved in a crash.  The program will provide a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training.  The classroom portion will take place on Friday, February 20th at Freeport High School, located at 12615 Business Hwy 331, Freeport, in room 201 from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The driving portion will take place at 8 am on Saturday, February 21st, at Freeport High School.  Lunch and refreshments will be provide ...

    Thursday, 08 January 2015
  • Deputies Locate and Arrest Two Suspects After Burglarizing a Freeport Home

          At approximately 1 a.m., on Saturday, January 3rd, a WCSO K9 Unit spotted a vehicle traveling north on Hwy 331 that matched a description of a vehicle that was involved in a residential burglary in Freeport.  As the deputy activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 331 and West Indian Creek Road, the deputy observed the passenger throw something out the window.  Contact was made with both the driver and the passenger who were identified as Timothy Roger Jefferson, 22, of Smith Station, AL and Brandy Wade Ward, 22, of Freeport, FL.  Both were read their Miranda Rights and deputies advised both suspects as to why they were pulled over.  Dispatch advised deputies that Jefferson, who was driving, had a suspended license since ...

    Tuesday, 06 January 2015
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LAW ENFORCMENT OPERATIONS – Under Major Joe Preston


The Department of Law Enforcement Operations, under the direction of Major Joe Preston, manages field operational activities and initiatives that are the most visible to the public. Employing over 170 sworn deputy sheriffs whose primary duties are crime fighting, answering calls for service, serving warrants, and conducting criminal investigations. The division consists of the North and South Uniform Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations. Each program area is headed by a Division Chief who carries the rank of Captain and is responsible for the overall management of their area of concentration. In addition to sections under each division, specialized teams and responsibilities fall under Law Enforcement Operations which include the Underwater Search and Recovery Team, Traffic Enforcement and Beach and Marine Unit to name a few.

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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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