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"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

  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office Set to Launch Texting 911 Service for Citizens

    As the fifth county in Florida to launch Text-to-911, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center will soon have the ability to provide 911 service, where people can text to alert communications officers the nature of their emergency and location. Citizens with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and SouthernLINC will have access to the new feature, but only text messages will be accepted at this time.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated “We want to leverage technology to provide the highest level of service available to our citizen’s and visitors.  Staying on the cutting edge of new and innovative ideas helps us better serve our stakeholders and ultimately this makes Walton County safer.”   Calling 911 is the preferred method as there could be a delay in the transm ...

    Friday, 06 March 2015
  • Suspect Arrested for Returning Unpurchased Merchandise

    On three separate occasions, Matthew Legrant Kirchner, entered the Columbia Sportswear Company store located at 10746 West US Highway 98, with no merchandise but video surveillance revealed that Kirchner was collecting merchandise from within the store and bringing it to the counter to request a refund. Kirchner received approximately $497.28 worth of gift cards for merchandise he did not pay for. Photo identification was provided each time by Kirchner to prove his identity. Kirchner, 34, of 450 S Geronimo Street, Miramar Beach is charged with three counts of larceny. ...

    Friday, 06 March 2015
  • WCSO Names 2014 Employees of the Year

    During an awards ceremony held this afternoon, Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr., recognized the following award winners.   Deputy Tammy Henderson was named Sworn Employee of the Year for 2014.  On February 26th, Deputy Henderson responded to a DeFuniak Springs home for a welfare check and found the resident to be in need of basic necessities such as food and telephone service.  Deputy Henderson was able to re-establish service with the telephone company and notified Adult Protective Services.  Deputy Henderson purchased food for the resident to get them by until Adult Protective Services could intervene.  She also purchased basic household necessities and food for his dog.  Lead Communications Officer, Rhonda Roberson, who relayed the welfare check to Deputy H ...

    Wednesday, 04 March 2015
  • WCSO Solves Santa Rosa Beach Burglary, 18 Year Old Suspect Arrested

    A conversation with a store clerk has led to the arrest of a burglary suspect.  On the eve of February 6th or early morning hours of February 7th, 2015, patrol deputies responded to a car burglary involving a stolen iPod Touch, a Garmin GPS and two pairs of sunglasses.  The incident took place outside a home on Tradwinds Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.  In a separate incident, the breaking of a car window was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by the homeowners who lived next door.  A deputy who was conducting a neighborhood canvass stopped at the Exon Gas Station located off 30A West and Highway 98 and spoke with the store clerk to see if they were aware of any suspicious activity.  During the conversation, the store clerk mentioned that an individual was in the store be ...

    Monday, 02 March 2015
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office Awarded CFA Reaccreditation

    In October 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office underwent an extensive independent inspection by an assessment team selected by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).  The assessment team reviewed all Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures which included written documentation, personnel interviews, agency operations, and facility inspections to ensure compliance with the Florida state accreditation standards.  On February 25th, 2015, the Commission (CFA) met in Daytona Beach to review those Florida criminal justice agencies eligible for initial accreditation and reaccreditation status.  During the panel review prior to the Commission meeting, the Assessment Team Leader, Grant Scott, reported that the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was in 100% c ...

    Monday, 02 March 2015
  • 911 Hang Up Calls Lead to Arrest for False Imprisonment

      Last night (Saturday), several 911 hang up calls were received by Sheriff’s Office Dispatch. During the 911 calls, the victim was able to relay to dispatchers that she was a passenger in a car and that the driver, Michael Huber, was refusing to let her out of the vehicle.  Dispatch was able to ping the 911 hang up calls on multiple locations along Highway 98 heading east bound.  The last ping was in the area of Highway 98 and 395.  Deputies in the area observed a vehicle turn into a business complex off Watersound Parkway.  The vehicle, along with Huber and the victim,   were located in a parking lot behind a business.       The victim was unharmed during the incident and taken home by law enforcement.  The suspect, Michael Hub ...

    Monday, 02 March 2015
  • Update: WCSO Arrests One for Shooting into an Occupied Residence in Bruce

      Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Billie Ray Thompson, 41, of 898 Chesser Road, DeFuniak Springs, for armed burglary and shooting into an occupied dwelling early this morning (Sunday).  Per victim and witness statement’s, Thompson, forcefully opened a locked door to a camper located at 108 McCewen Street, Bruce, FL.  The two victims inside the camper called 911 and told Thompson to leave.  Thompson exited the porch of the camper and discharged nine rounds from his .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol, which penetrated the inside and outside of the camper.  The victims inside the camper were not injured when the shooting took place.    The .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol along with .40 caliber ammunition was recovered from Thompson’s residence ...

    Monday, 23 February 2015
  • WCSO Investigating Shooting into an Occupied Residence in Freeport

    Members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 3 am this morning. The incident took place at a trailer located in Simpler’s Fish Camp in Freeport, Florida. The caller reported that a male subject had fired several rounds into an occupied residence. Deputies quickly responded to the scene along with members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Technicians. No injuries were reported and further information will be released once available.   ...

    Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • DNA Link Leads to Arrest of Repeat Miramar Beach Burglar by Walton County Sheriff's Office Deputies

      During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 24, 2015, Robert William Woods, 20, of 468 Forest Shore Drive, Miramar Beach, burglarized a home and vehicle off Bayshore Drive in Miramar Beach. Woods first entered an unlocked vehicle and then attempted to enter the home by gaining access through the pool area by cutting the screen.  As Woods attempted to open the back sliding glass door, the residential alarm sounded and he fled the area.  Upon investigation, deputies and crime scene investigators discovered a blood transfer on the fence which Woods damaged.  DNA was taken and a lab report was received yesterday, February 19th, matching Woods.   A second incident occurred on January 24th at a residence off Shore Drive in Miramar Beach, where Woods ...

    Friday, 20 February 2015
  • WCSO Deputies Investigating Occupied Residential Burglaries

      WCSO Patrol Deputies are investigating three cases of occupied residential burglaries that have occurred in Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach.  In all 3 cases, the residents were home and asleep, when an individual entered their residence and took wallets, purses and other valuable items.  Deputies were told by the victims that the garage doors were left open with the interior garage door unlocked.  The cases have been forwarded to the criminal investigations bureau of the sheriff’s office.    The WCSO wants to inform the public of what is happening and urges everyone to be proactive and secure their personal items and LOCK their doors.   ...

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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School Resource Deputies

One of the agency's most viable crime prevention and outreach programs is the School Resource Deputy (SRD) Program. Lieutenant James Pitman oversees fourteen (14) SRD's who provide security for students, faculty and visitors to the Walton County school system. SRD's provide the following training programs to students: crime prevention, community service and good citizenship. The SRD's attend regular meetings with faculty, students, and parents to become involved in every facet of school life for the purpose of establishing student rapport, preventing crime and victimization, and to encourage healthy growth and development.

2013 School Resource Highlights:

  • Calls for Service 4,111
  • Reports Written 548
  • Arrests 102
  • Number of Schools 18

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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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