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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

  • WCSO to Host Teen Driver Challenge

      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, September 5th at Walton High School, located at 449 Walton Road, Defuniak Springs, in room 20-121 from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The driving portion will take place at 8 am on Saturday, September 6th, at the Walton County Fairgrounds located at 790 North Hwy ...

    Wednesday, 20 August 2014
  • Back to School Safety

      Most children think of school as their second home - a place where they feel safe.  On Monday, August 18, students will return to school and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists to allow for extra traveling time and be alert for school zones and school buses. The fine for failing to stop for a school bus in Walton County is $161.00.  Motorists are prohibited by state law to pass a school bus that is displaying a “stop” signal.  All traffic in both directions must come to a complete stop for school buses that are stopped, displaying the “stop” signal.  Traffic traveling in the opposite direction is exempt from stopping if the roadway is separated by a fence or other physical barrier or by an unpaved median at least five feet wide. The Sher ...

    Thursday, 14 August 2014
  • WCSO Encourages Citizens to Use LeadsOnline

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens and businesses to use a FREE resource to protect valuable property.  LeadsOnline, the nation’s largest online investigation system, aides law enforcement agencies to solve cases, recover stolen property, provide rapid electronic access to transactions from thousands of reporting businesses including scrap metal processors, secondhand stores, Internet drop-off stores, and pawn shops across the country, as well as critical information from eBay listings for criminal investigations. The WCSO currently uses LeadsOnline, which can also help the community at large by keeping a secure, online record of high value items.  Citizens can visit https://www.reportit.leadsonline.com/ to store serial numbers, item descriptions, ...

    Thursday, 14 August 2014
  • Search for Missing/Runaway Juvenile

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Daniella Aldrich, 17, of Santa Rosa Beach.  Aldrich was last seen by her mother on Monday, August 11th.  Aldrich is 5’7, weighs 120 lbs and has pale skin, long brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing short denim shorts with a black tank top and black vans shoes.  She wears prescription glasses and was carrying a black purse.  Anyone with information on Daniella Aldrich is asked to please contact Sergeant Angie Hogeboom at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.      ...

    Wednesday, 13 August 2014
  • Traffic stop leads to large seizure of pills and cash

      On August 8, 2014, Deputy Biernacki observed a green Buick Le Sabre traveling southbound on US Hwy 331 that was unable to maintain its lane and caused a semi-truck to run off the road almost causing an accident. The Deputy was able to conduct a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Ms. Jo Anna Parsons, 50yoa, of  Ebro, Florida. A warrants check made through dispatch revealed that Parsons had a warrant for her arrest on the charges of battery and trespassing out of Washington County, Florida. As the deputy went to make the arrest, Parsons became argumentative and refused to exit her vehicle. After speaking with Parsons further, she was placed under arrest. A search of Parsons person and property revealed that she had over 3,300 Oxycodone, over 400 Clonazepam and ov ...

    Wednesday, 13 August 2014
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Methamphetamine Lab

    On Saturday, August 2, 2014, Deputy Gibson was attempting to locate John Geralds, of 127 Center Street, Freeport, who had warrants out of Okaloosa County. Deputy Gibson had gathered information that led him to believe Geralds was traveling with a Jonathan Brown, also of 127 Center St Freeport, in a white Yukon.  While in the area of Juniper Avenue, Deputy Gibson observed the Yukon and eventually stopped the vehicle.  Brown exited the vehicle and spoke to the Deputy. Throughout the conversation it was learned that Geralds was in fact at Brown’s residence and that there was an active methamphetamine lab. Deputy Gibson contacted the VICE/Narcotics Unit upon learning this information and obtained a consent to search the residence.  Once the VICE/Narcotics Unit arrived, the resid ...

    Tuesday, 05 August 2014
  • Suspect Arrested After Soliciting a Juvenile

      On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Jeffrey Michael Curzio of Freeport, FL, was arrested for Obscene Communication: Use of a computer to seduce, solicit, lure a child, which is a 3rd degree Felony.   Between the dates of June 30th, 2014 and July 2nd, 2014, Curzio communicated with a juvenile female using a cellular phone application called “KIK Messenger.”  Duing the conversations, Curzio made numerous statements soliciting the juvenile female to send sexual photographs and to engage in sexual activity.   Curzio is currently in the Walton County Department of Corrections on a $25,000 bond.   ...

    Tuesday, 05 August 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: 156 Farrell Drive, 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 and pr ...

    Friday, 01 August 2014
  • 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
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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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