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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 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
  • WCSO Investigating Impersonation Phone Scam of Sheriff’s Office Employees

    The WCSO has received multiple complaints of a con man posing as a sheriff’s office employee in an attempt to get money. The caller states that a family member has a warrant for their arrest but in lieu of arrest, the caller requests money over the phone.  Another ruse is telling potential victims they missed jury duty and they are being fined $2000.00, but if the person settles the issue that day, they will accept $500.00 transferrable electronically.   At no time will the sheriff’s office ever solicit money and wants to remind citizen’s to not give out any personal information over the phone.  Anyone who has fallen victim to the bogus caller is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 850.892.8111.  ...

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015
  • WCSO Wants to Advise Public of Impersonation Scam

        The WCSO has received reports of an individual impersonating himself as a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.  The victims stated that the caller had an arrest warrant for a family member and identified himself as “Deputy Arrowwood.”  The case is under investigation.   The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens to not give out any personal information over the phone.  If anyone has concerns or had been contacted by this individual, please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.   ...

    Friday, 13 February 2015
  • LEO Appreciation Luncheon by SmartBank

    Thank you Smart Bank for showing your love for the Walton County Sheriffs Office staff. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated. The lunch prepared and cooked by your team was amazing. It's nice to know we are appreciated!! And Thank You to the other businesses who contributed to make the lunch perfect. ...

    Friday, 13 February 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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