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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

  • Sexual Offender Timothy Lee Brewster Change of Address Notification

      Brewster was adjudicated on 09/26/1988 for a sex offense, other state (gross sexual imposition) in Franklin, Ohio.  Brewster’s new address is 90 Business Park Road, DeFuniak Springs.    Brewster is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’07” and 143 lbs   There are currently 152 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.   ...

    Tuesday, 29 July 2014
  • Sexual Predator Darrick Alvin Ross Change of Address Notification

      Ross was adjudicated on 03/21/2001 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County and on 12/12/2005 was adjudicated for failure to register as a sexual predator in Walton County.  Ross’s new address is 9962 Hwy 183 South, Ponce De Leon.    Ross is a 34 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 6’00” and 220 lbs   There are currently 152 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 pr ...

    Tuesday, 29 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Charles Edsel Godwin Change of Address Notification

      Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 192 E Big Cypress Avenue, Defuniak Springs.    Godwin is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 lbs   There are currently 152 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 ...

    Tuesday, 29 July 2014
  • Search for Missing/Runaway Juvenile

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Paul Michael Brisson, 16, of DeFuniak Springs.  Brisson was last seen by his grandmother on Friday morning, July 25th.  He left home wearing grey shorts and a black shirt.  Brisson has a four leaf clover tattoo on his hand in between his thumb and pointer finger.  He is 5’8”, weighs 185 lbs and has black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on Michael Paul Brisson is asked to please contact Investigator Donna Armstrong at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.      ...

    Monday, 28 July 2014
  • WCSO Investigating Death

    Deputies are on scene at a home in Miramar Beach investigating a death that occurred today. The victim, Ken Long, 50, of Miramar Beach, was hired to repair a dock at a private home off Shore Drive. The homeowner found the victim floating face down in the water. The family has been notified and the cause of death is under investigation. ...

    Friday, 25 July 2014
  • Former Public Defender Charged for Racketeering

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office served a felony warrant for Racketeering issued by the State Attorney’s Office on former Public Defender, Leonard Andrew Platteborze, 62, last night around 6 pm.  Charges stem from the June 16th, 2014, search warrants that started Operation Avalanche.  Platteborze was booked into the Walton County Jail on $10,000 bond.   Investigations are on-going and more information will be released once available.   ...

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • Search of Residence Leads to Meth Arrest

      On July 22, 2014, members the Walton County Sheriff’s Office assisted State Probation Officers on an administrative search of 351 Four Mile Road, Freeport.  The resident, Lawrence Aucoin, 35, who was present at the time of the search, was found to be in direct vicinity of used “shake and bake” cook vessels.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit secured a probable cause search warrant for the residence due to the findings of the State Probation Officers.  After the execution of the search warrant, the Vice/Narcotics Unit located muriatic acid, Coleman fuel, lighter fluid, cut lithium batteries and coffee filters in the area where the cook vessels were located previously.     Lawrence Aucion was arrested and charged with Manufacturing of ...

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • After Meth Arrest, Suspect Also Charged with Battery on a LEO

    On July 21, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 190 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. During the afternoon hours, a probable cause search warrant was obtained for the residence. During the search, Investigators located several used “One Pot” cooking vessels, muriatic acid, empty boxes of cold medicine, lithium, and syringes. The resident, Joseph Shawn Moll, 32, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church and preschool, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Moll was transported to the Walton County Jail where he received an additional charge of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer for striking a ...

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Moses Alfred Edmonds Notification

    Edmonds was convicted on 11/14/1978 for rape and abduction for immoral purposes.  Edmonds currently lives in his vehicle, a 2011 Blue Nissan Versa/VA tag number XFF1117, at 24750 Highway 331, Santa Rosa Beach, where he also works.  Edmonds is a 60 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 6’02” and 260 lbs. There are currently 143 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, 21 July 2014
  • WCSO Assists South Walton Fire District (SWFD) on a Near-Drowning Call

    Deputies assisted the South Walton Fire District in aiding a six year old girl who was pulled from the bottom of the pool at Tops’l Resort, located at 9001 US Highway 98, around 4 pm this afternoon.  Upon the deputies arrival, the girl had been removed from the pool and CPR had been started by a doctor who was there on vacation.  When the ambulance arrived, the girl was alert and responsive, and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  The girl and her family are from Atlanta and visiting the area for a family reunion.  The girl’s condition is unknown at this time.   For further information please contact South Walton Fire District.    ...

    Monday, 21 July 2014
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Beach/Marine Unit

Beach-unit-01The Beach and Marine Unit is assigned the responsibility of ensuring safety and security on Walton County's 26 miles of sugar white beaches as well as the county's 180 miles of waterways.

These dedicated deputies work closely with citizens, business owners and tourists to maintain order and address any concerns. They are often the only governmental officials who interact with visitors on our pristine gulf coast.

The unit spends countless hours on boats, ATVs, wave runners and four-wheel drive trucks, patrolling the beaches and waterways. The ten deputies and one sergeant assigned to this unit are responsible for enforcing all laws and county ordinances as well as conducting water rescues and searches for lost children and adults along the beaches, waterways and surrounding areas.

THE UNIT IS EQUIPPED WITH THE FOLLOWING:

  • 19-foot Cape Horn marine vessel
    This vessel is equipped with FLIR system, a heat imaging system used for night operations and rescue missions, a high resolution bottom sonar device that enables us to locate submerged vessels and objects and an advanced radar system.
  • dive-0225-foot Nautica marine vessel
    This vessel has inflatable pontoons which enables the boat to perform in shallow water and is a valuable asset for the dive team for search and rescue operations. It is equipped with side scan sonar.
  • 16-foot Key West marine vessel
    This vessel is designed to maneuver in shallow water and is utilized for bay and inland waterway patrol and operations.
  • Two (2) Yamaha Wave Runners
    These vessels are used for coastal and bay patrol and rescue missions.
  • Five (5) All Terrain Vehicles
    The ATVs are used during patrols along the coastline and to gain access to areas which are inaccessible by vehicles.

2013 Beach Patrol Highlights:

  • Answered 12,892 calls for service
  • Conducted 92 water rescues
  • Issued 2,482 beach ordinance citations and warnings
  • Issued 113 uniform traffic citations
  • Made 735 arrests

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What Our Community is Saying

  • 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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