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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

  • WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INTRODUCES TEXT TO 911

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Available now is a new technology helping residents in Walton County receive emergency services through text message. The service provides a new way to reach 911 never used before in Northwest Florida. Text to 911 is a new feature available on all major carriers in Walton County. Citizens who are deaf, hearing impaired, or have a speech disability can now send a “short message” (SMS) text to 911 during an emergency. When a voice call might be dangerous or otherwise impossible texting to 911 is now a safe alternative. Residents should check with their wireless phone company before texting to 911. In general, you must have a text-capable wireless phone and wireless service subscription or contact with a wireless company with a “data plan”. Texting to 911 is differen ...

    Friday, 19 June 2015
  • GEORGIA MAN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING GUN TO GIRLFRIENDS HEAD

    Seacrest, Fla— A 25-year-old Georgia man is arrested following a domestic dispute at a Seacrest condominium.  On June 5th deputies were dispatched to the Inn at Seacrest where a victim provided a sworn swritten statement that her boyfriend Michael C. Griffin became angry and struck her in the face with an open hand, hit her with a gun, and put the weapon to her head. The victim said the pair had been drinking at a nearby restaurant and had gotten into a verbal argument that quickly escalated. Deputies found Griffin hiding in some thick brush south of the condo where he denied anything physical happened. Further investigation revealed the victim had obvious marks to her face and mouth and a knot was visible on her forehead.   Griffin was placed under arrested for aggravated ...

    Friday, 05 June 2015
  • JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FELONY BURGLARY ALSO WANTED OUT OF OKALOOSA COUNTY

    Mossy Head, Fla— A runaway juvenile wanted out of Okaloosa County is now behind bars once again. On June 4th just after midnight deputies responded to a call regarding a burglary at the Raceway located at 14338 State Road 10 (U.S. Highway 90).  When they arrived deputies discovered the store’s front door had been shattered and while clearing the building found blood by the cigarettes. Surveillance footage from the store shows the suspect making entry, carrying his own plastic bag, breaking the front door glass with a shock absorber from a motorcycle. The part was found at the scene (pictured). Surveillance video also shows the suspect walking into the store wearing a mask to hide his identity in a camouflage hat, jeans, and a long sleeve plaid shirt stealing nineteen cartons of cig ...

    Thursday, 04 June 2015
  • 61-year-old Arrested after Meth Lab Located inside DeFuniak Springs Home

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A trespassing call lands a 61-year-old man behind bars in Walton County after investigators discover a meth lab, paraphernalia, and methamphetamine oil weighing more than 200 grams. Deputies responded to 507 Rockman Lane in reference to a trespassing call for service just before noon on June 3rd. After arriving on scene and making contact with the suspect it was learned the man, identified as Michael Joe Potter, 61, had a warrant out of Holmes County. Potter was read his Miranda rights and then proceeded to tell deputies he had a meth lab inside the home. Investigators found three bottles of a bi-layer liquid, three glass jars with a single layer liquid which were later identified as meth oil. Three pill bottles were also located with finished product methamphetam ...

    Thursday, 04 June 2015
  • PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST OF PANAMA CITY WOMAN DRIVING STOLEN VEHICLE

    Defuniak Springs, Fla— A 23-year-old Panama City woman is arrested after leading Defuniak Springs Police on a pursuit while exceeding 100 miles per hour. On June 1, 2015 just before 6am a Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy on an off-duty detail was dispatched to a pursuit of a vehicle traveling west on Highway 90 passing Kings Lake Boulevard. The vehicle the suspect was driving, a Hertz rental car, was confirmed stolen and the driver was thought to be armed. The deputy drove closer to the location pulling over at Blackstone Golf Course and could see a vehicle passing cars to the east. As the vehicles were approaching the Blackstone Golf Course the deputy spotted the vehicle, a black Buick with Tennessee tags, and a female driver. The deputy pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens activat ...

    Monday, 01 June 2015
  • DRUG RAID TAKES THOUSANDS IN DRUGS AND CONTRABAND OFF THE STREET

    A great deal of illegal drugs and drug money has been taken off the streets thanks to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit and Patrol Bureau. On May 14, 2015, members of the WSCO teams executed a probable cause search warrant at 226 Central 8th Street in Santa Rosa Beach. The search warrant was part of an extensive investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics. In their search investigators discovered over a pound of marijuana, cocaine, Xanax, Hydrocodone, drug paraphernalia, and over $8,000 in US currency. Three residents of 226 Central 8th Street were arrested during the course of the search warrant:   David Henry Key, 24, was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charles Ryan Bin ...

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015
  • DEPUTY SAVES FREEPORT WOMAN THANKS TO SAFETY NET

    An 89-year-old woman is now in good hands after falling ill inside her home. Dispatchers tried to get a hold of the Freeport native at 8am Tuesday morning May 12th, but were unable to reach her. Deputy Justin Tisdale was dispatched to the home where he and dispatchers continued to try to make contact with her. Tisdale could hear a television, but the woman did not come to the door. After several attempts to make contact the deputy made entry into the home and found the victim on the floor. She was responsive and EMS responded and transported her to Sacred Heart Hospital. Wednesday Michael Johnson, a volunteer member of the WCSO Posse, checked-in on the woman in the hospital bringing her flowers and visiting using personal money and time. Safety Net is an elderly call care service where ...

    Thursday, 14 May 2015
  • FREEPORT MAN ARRESTED FOR CHASING STEP SON WITH A FRYING PAN

    Stacey Wade Ward, 40, is behind bars after chasing his step son through their home with a frying pan Wednesday. At approximately 7pm on May 13th deputies were dispatched to a domestic dispute in progress on Palm Street in Freeport. The victim told authorities Ward was cussing and threatening him when the assault took place. Before deputies arrived Ward fled the property in a green GMC. Deputies later caught up with the suspect and conducted a traffic stop.    Ward was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill.  ...

    Thursday, 14 May 2015
  • 24-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR BURGLARIES AND GRAND THEFT

    Thanks to a thorough investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office a Santa Rosa man will be behind bars for 15 years after being arrested for a series of burglaries in the South Walton Area. Thomas Walter Courtig Howells IV, 24, was first arrested by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in April 2013 when he was suspected of stealing fishing equipment, jewelry, and firearms totaling more than $25,000 from homes on Driftwood Point Court and East Mack Bayou in Santa Rosa. Since his arrest Howells has also been charged with possession of contraband into a detention facility when Correctional Officers discovered a shank in his cell in November of 2014.   This week the State Attorney’s Office conducted a plea deal with Howells. He was transported of the Department of Corrections ea ...

    Wednesday, 13 May 2015
  • OFF-DUTY DEPUTY CATCHES CONVICTED SEXUAL PREDATOR VIOLATING PROBATION

    On Friday May 9th a Black Ford Explorer driven by 18-year-old Jaylen Powell was observed by deputies in Walton County pulling into a residence. The deputy knew the owners of the home and did not recognize the subject. When the deputy pulled out to engage the man he accelerated his vehicle nearly wrecking several times. The deputy stopped pursuit of the vehicle and returned to the home to see if anything was taken. Just minutes later an off-duty WCSO Lieutenant Artie Rodriguez made contact with the deputy saying Powell crashed his SUV in front of Rodriguez's home ¼ of a mile where the pursuit ended, fleeing on foot into the woods behind his house. Lt. Rodriguez spotted the driver running north into the woods.  A responding deputy stopped and entered the woods near the area he was ...

    Monday, 11 May 2015
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Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr

Sheriff-AtkinsonSheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr., is a sixth generation native of Walton County and a 20 year law enforcement veteran. He previously worked with the Florida Department of Corrections, Bureau of Parole; the Tallahassee Police Department; and the DeFuniak Springs Police Department. Sheriff Adkinson holds a BA in Criminology from Florida State University and a Master's in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University. He has continued his criminal justice education by attending more than 2,000 hours of law enforcement training and has served as an adjunct instructor at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, which is one of the nation's premier law enforcement academies. Sheriff Adkinson has also lectured at the university level on law enforcement issues. Prior to being elected as sheriff, he served as the Chief of Police for the City of DeFuniak Springs.

In 2012, a team of state law enforcement assessors reviewing operations at the sheriff's office reported that under Sheriff Adkinson's leadership the Walton County Sheriff's Office has become one of Florida's premier law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Adkinson was first elected in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.

Sheriff Adkinson resides in DeFuniak Springs with his wife of 20 years and two daughters Annabelle 13, and Ava 9. His wife Erin owns and operates her own business in south Walton. They are Baptist by faith and attend church in DeFuniak Springs.

Sheriff Adkinson is a committed supporter of Emerald Coast Type 1 and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Both organizations are dedicated to supporting families and finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.


Professional

Statewide Positions Held
Co-Chair of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force 2009-Current
Chairman - Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation 2011-Current
Board of Directors – Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association 2012-Current
FDLE Executive Institute Board Member 2012-Current

Higher Education
B.S. Criminology Florida State University
M.S. Criminal Justice St. Leo University

Command Schools
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar #40 2006
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 2009
Rural Executive Management Institute Class#26 2010
National Sheriff's Institute Class#100 2011

Awards and Commendations
1993-2004 Numerous letters of Commendation
2003 CPA Officer of the Year Nominee
2005 Humanitarian Award
2010 Florida Public Relations Man of the Year
2011 Van Ness Butler Jr. Award

Curriculum Vitae
Provided upon request
 

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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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