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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

  • Suspect Arrested on Multiple Charges after Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

      On Saturday, March 28th, deputies responded to a physical altercation at a home off Wildwood Drive in Freeport.  Two white males were observed by deputies fighting inside the home.  Both individuals were separated and identified as 35 year old Brandon Shaw and 34 year old Zachary Price.  The homeowner, 33 year old Amber Cook, relayed to deputies that she had a trespass warning issued for Price who had walked thru her front door without her consent.  When she asked him to leave, Price began threatening her.  As Cook was trying to make her way out of the residence, Price grabbed her and pulled her back inside the house and struck her in the back of the head.  Shaw observed the incident and immediately ran to Cook’s defense.  Shaw and Price got into ...

    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
  • WCSO is Currently Raising Money for Project “Everyone Plays”

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to raise $10,000 to install wheel chair swings that accommodate disabled citizens at several parks in Walton County.  We are seeking the community’s help to assist us in this effort and have created an account for those who wish to donate.  Inmates of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail will help with the preparation of each location and installation of the swings.  Once all the money is raised, the work will begin.  Sheriff Adkinson stated, “We have beautiful parks, but there is a need for disabled accessible play equipment.  I hope the community will join our “Swing Team” and help us reach our goal to create parks that welcomes every one of all abilities to enjoy the fun.”   To donate, please visit: htt ...

    Monday, 30 March 2015
  • Credit Card Skimming Device Found at Inlet Beach Gas Station

      Recently, a number of businesses within Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties have discovered skimming devices installed on gas pumps and automated teller machines (ATMs).   In Walton County, a credit card skimmer was found on a pump at a gas station in Inlet Beach.  A skimmer is a device which is affixed to an ATM or gas pump which intercepts and retrieves credit card information.  This information is then used to “clone” credit cards and is either sold or used by thieves to make fraudulent purchases without the owner’s knowledge.   The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering the following tips to residents:   Before pumping gas, check to ensure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and does not appear to have been tampered with or altere ...

    Monday, 30 March 2015
  • WCSO Looking for an Individual Impersonating Himself as an Animal Control Officer

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public about a suspicious person who is impersonating himself as an Animal Control Officer with the sheriff’s office. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, around 2:30 in the afternoon, a black male in his 40’s, approximately 6’2”, heavyset, bald head with a scruffy beard, parked an unmarked older model, beat up, white truck at the end of the complainants driveway in Ponce de Leon.  He was described wearing a green shirt that said “Animal Control” and advised he worked for animal control and had a complaint.  The complainant stated to deputies that he was very “pushy” and attempted to push past the complainant to go inside the residence.  When the complainant stated they were going to call the police, the individual went to ...

    Monday, 30 March 2015
  • Laurel Hill Resident Racks up Meth Lab Charges and Failure to Pay Child Support

      On Saturday, March 21, 2015, deputies responded to the home of William Mitchell Golden, 46, of 1892 Flowerview Blvd, Laurel Hill, for an active warrant for failure to pay child support.  Deputies located Golden and a second individual identified as Gregory Parmer, 51, of 6370 CO Hwy 147 Laurel Hill, in a shed located on the property.  Golden was wearing a mask over his nose and mouth, along with safety googles.  Deputies immediately smelled a strong chemical odor in the shed, and saw paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine in plain view.  Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived and performed a consensual search of the property.  Several used “one-Pot” cooking vessels were found, along with a small a ...

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015
  • One Arrested for Making False Report of Armed Robbery

        Last night deputies responded to 180 Miami Street, Miramar Beach, in reference to an armed robbery.  Deputies were advised by the victim, 22 year old Christopher Catlett of Hot Springs, AZ, that two men approached him while he was in his front yard and attempted to rob him.  Deputies detained an individual based on a description given by Catlett.  The WCSO K9 Unit responded to the area to begin a track to locate the other suspect, but was unsuccessful.  Investigators advised Mr. Catlett that a full investigation into the matter would be conducted to verify the accounts of his story.  At that time, Catlett became very nervous and had a hard time articulating how the armed robbery took place.  Catlett revealed to investigators that he had fabrica ...

    Sunday, 22 March 2015
  • Walton Citizen Recognized for Supporting the Law Enforcement Community for 25 Years

    Sheriff Adkinson honored a Walton County resident today by presenting Mr. Michael Brower the Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Award. Sheriff Adkinson stated, "I am very proud to present this award to Mr. Brower who has supported the law enforcement community and FSA over the last 25 years.” ...

    Thursday, 19 March 2015
  • Sheriff Adkinson Recognizes Young Citizen for Life-Saving Efforts

        On January 31st, 2015, around 12:15 pm, C W Roberts employee, Mr. Eric Wright, a flag man, was manning a lane closure off SR 20 near Basin Bayou, while his co-workers were laying sod along the shoulder of the road.  A Mercedes, which was stopped at the flag station, was rear ended and then side swiped by a Chevrolet SUV.  The SUV came to a rest in the water on the North side of SR 20 in Basin Bayou.  Mr. Wright made sure all traffic was stopped and checked to see if the woman in the Mercedes was injured.  He notified his supervisor of the accident and without hesitation, swam out to the SUV to help the individual.  When Mr. Wright reached the SUV he was unable to open the door, but instructed the driver to roll down the window.  Mr. Wright pull ...

    Thursday, 19 March 2015
  • Deputies Locate 92 Year Old Female within 17 Minutes Utilizing Project LifeSaver

    Within 17 minutes, Deputy Jeff McIntosh was able to locate a 92 year old female utilizing Project LifeSaver equipment.  The caretaker called the Sheriff’s Office around 11:30 am on Sunday, March 15, stating that the 92 year old, who had just become a client with Project Lifesaver five days earlier, had walked away from her Santa Rosa Beach home.  Deputy McIntosh responded to the area with the mobile tracking system and was able to locate her due to the pings that were transmitting from the clients personalized wristband.  She was found in good health, sitting in a vehicle and was returned to her loved ones.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “Minutes count when it comes to searching for a loved one and I am pleased that we have certified members in our agency to answer the ...

    Monday, 16 March 2015
  • Update: Suspect Wearing a Green Thong Sexually Batters Two Teenagers

        The Sheriff's Office is continuing saturation patrols in Miramar Beach with regard to the sexual battery of two teenagers by a white male who jumped out of the bushes wearing a green thong, flip flops, a ball cap and a sweatshirt. The incident occurred last night around 10 pm in the area of South Holiday Road and Scenic Gulf Drive. If anyone knows the identity of the individual in the picture, please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 850.892.8111 or Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS. ...

    Sunday, 15 March 2015
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Chief AJ Smith

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Chief AJ Smith has extensive experience in criminal justice issues and policy development and implementation. He began his career as a deputy sheriff in 1980 with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Chief Smith has held many posts in his law enforcement career and previously worked for the Leon County Sheriff's Office, The Florida Department of Insurance, Division of State Fire Marshal, Tallahassee, The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Tallahassee and currently serves as executive director for the Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association. Chief Smith has also served as an independent consultant, providing technical and consulting services to a variety of private corporations on matters relating to law enforcement operations and communications, alcoholic beverage laws and regulations and licensing, general criminal justice issues and correctional healthcare issues. Chief Smith loves the outdoors and enjoys photography, running, biking and paddle boarding. He grew up in Apalachicola and wants to see our water and beaches protected. He has a daughter and three grandchildren.

Education:
  • Bachelors of Public Administration, Barry University
  • Instructor Certification, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission
  • Certified in law enforcement basic, advanced curriculum, and high liabilities
  • Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Supervisor Training Program, Department of Insurance
  • Many hours of advanced law enforcement training
Professional Affiliations:
  • Past adjunct Instructor, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy
  • Past Chair, Region XV Law Enforcement Training Committee
  • Past President, State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association
  • Past Board Member, Statewide Law Enforcement 800 MHz Radio System
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Florida Sheriffs Association
  • Board Member, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • Florida SWAT Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • National Sheriffs' Association
  • American Society Law Enforcement Trainers
  • National Rifle Association (Police Firearms Instructor)
Community Involvement:
  • President, Cops for Kids Tallahassee, Inc.
  • Past Program Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Christmas Connection
  • Big Bend Hospice
  • Past Board Member Tallahassee Police Athletic league
  • Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce
  • Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

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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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