Hogeboom GraduationTALLAHASSEE, Fla– Walton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce Lieutenant Scott Hogeboom’s graduation from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program.
The goal of the Senior Leadership Program, or SLP, is to provide a continuing education forum for the development and refinement of leadership skills for Florida’s middle management criminal justice professionals according to the FDLE program description. Individual components of the program all have a leadership theme and a “futures” orientation.
Graduates of SLP become familiar with the science of futures forecasting, including the conduct and assessment of futures oriented research in the social and behavioral sciences.
“It was a great leadership class,” said Hogeboom. “It’s my hope it will help me better serve the citizens of Walton County and in my career.”

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Program participants engage in a study of individual leadership skills, styles and characteristics, with applications to leadership in teams, organizations, and the community.
Strategic thinking, strategic planning, innovative problem solving, and leadership of change are program components that will prepare criminal justice professionals to create and lead change in criminal justice organizations and in Florida communities.
The program is framed around seven separate week long sessions, spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart, with significant reading and an independent research requirement to be completed outside of the program meeting times.
“This shows Lieutenant Hogeboom’s commitment,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Not just to his agency, but to his community,”
Hogeboom graduated among a class of 32 of his law enforcement peers.
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For Immediate Release

October 10, 2017

We ain’t got no love for Lovejoy Anderson.*** Or joy for that matter. Anderson (not to be confused with Mr. Anderson from The Matrix) is wanted on felony violation of probation after failing her drug test during a visit with her PO. Her original charge is possession of a controlled substance. Now, she’s got a date with a judge.

We need your help finding Anderson. And, unfortunately, we don’t have access to the Matrix. But YOU have will have access to some cash if you submit a tip that leads to her arrest!

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If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Lovejoy Anderson you’re asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ OR send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

***For all those hoping to correct our grammar and spelling please be advised these Facebook posts are purposely written in a facetious manner in order to draw attention to the particular issue at hand. Which is, in this case, asking for the public’s help in finding a wanted criminal for their safety and the safety of the community. Please excuse the tongue-and-cheek manner exuded in this dialogue.


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October 10, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is striving for a second reaccreditation.

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive November 14th, 2017 to examine all aspects of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

“This is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

The Accreditation Program Manager for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is Sarah Gainey.  She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is John Kinney, Retired Sergeant from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.  Other team members are Nicki Hunt from Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and Carrie Allen from Tallahassee Community College Police Department.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office accreditation is for three years.  The verification that the Walton County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through email or phone request by contacting Walton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer at [email protected] or (850)-892-8111.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Walton County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to [email protected].

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ALERTDEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FLA– Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Mirar Beach resident this week regarding a phone scam. The resident advised a man, who said his name was Sam, called her from (850)-306-6278 claiming he worked for Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

The man went on to say Walton County Sheriff’s Office was collecting donations to help fund the Sheriff’s Office. The resident knew the call was a scam and hung up very quickly.

Upon searching the phone number in Google, it was discovered that within the past two weeks, numerous people have posted the same incidents with this phone number.

As a reminder, Walton County Sheriff’s Office will never call and solicit donations of any kind. If you would like to call and report a scam please call us at (850)-892-8111. Please inform your loved ones of this incident, especially those susceptible to being scammed.

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Cy7vKKYUoAA-YPJFreeport, Fla–Due to weather the Teen Driver Challenge that was scheduled for October 7th has been CANCELLED. The class has been rescheduled for October 14th at Freeport High School.

The Teen Driver Challenge course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce your child’s chances of being involved in a crash. Please note: the Teen Driver Challenge is not a supplemental or advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers various topics including:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility and Liability
  • Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Night Driving
  • Aggressive Driving

TDC students are required to have a Florida Learner’s Permit or a valid Florida Operator’s License and the use of an automobile they usually operate during the driving exercises.

The Teen Driver Challenge will be conducted a bit differently this time around. Instructors will conduct the class in ONE day, meeting at Freeport High School at 8am Saturday October 14th. The class will go until 5pm. The class will be capped at 12 students so make sure to sign up today by emailing [email protected] to reserve your spot.

In addition, please visit http://waltonso.org/teen-driver-challenge/ and fill out the two forms needed to participate and bring them the day of class.

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October 4, 2017

Miramar Beach, Fla— A 32-year-old Santa Rosa Beach man is in custody following a searching warrant executed by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit in conjunction with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force.

Aaron Ray Brandon of Miramar Beach has been arrested following a search warrant at his residence on Legion Park Loop early Wednesday morning.

During the search investigators discovered more than $28,000 in U.S. currency, approximately 200 pills of various types and several pounds of Marijuana.

Brandon was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a legend drug with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a church, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a church and drug paraphernalia.

This case is still under investigation. More details will be released once they become available.


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October 3, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Seven suspects are responsible for more than 50 car burglaries in Walton County, which include five stolen handguns from unlocked vehicles.

Six arrests have been made regarding 49 vehicle burglaries that occurred between August and September of this year.  One additional suspect has been identified as Elden Boksila, 14, but left the country before investigators could reach him for questioning.

Of the seven suspects identified, three are juveniles.

Tyjuan James Lee, 18, Santa Rose Beach

Jonathon Russell, 19, Fort Walton Beach

Felipe Da Silva Piraja, 24, Freeport

Devon Welch, 18, Santa Rose Beach

Anthony Dobbs, 17, Santa Rose Beach

Jamal Jackson, 17, Fort Walton Beach

(Active Warrants) Elden Boksila, 14, Destin

In these cases, five handguns were stolen and three have been recovered. In addition, a firearm stolen out of Niceville was also recovered.

“These kids are breaking into cars to find cash and guns,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “And they’re finding them in unlocked vehicles.”

Charges stemming from these cases include armed burglary, unarmed burglary, grand theft, arson and petit theft.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to lock their vehicles and take their belongings out of their car to prevent becoming a victim of these crimes.

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October 2, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— For the first time, Walton County Sheriff’s Office is incorporating the use of EMTs and paramedics at the Walton County Jail.

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics have the experience and skill in emergency situations that can be critical to preserving life in a jail environment. That’s why Walton County Sheriff’s Office has offered the opportunity for Walton County Fire Rescue EMTs and paramedics to serve even further.

Some of the main job duties involve responding to emergencies, performing critical medical intervention, evaluating new intakes, and transporting patients to medical facilities. They are vital in identifying inmates coming into the facility that may require medical attention. In addition, they can quickly identify signs of overdose, diabetes, and any other serious medical diagnosis.DSC_1007

“These men and women have field experience that gives them insight to handling all types of situations that may arise,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This will not only benefit inmates and the nursing staff at the facility, but will ease the burden of tax payers as well.”

Nineteen have signed up for the detail at the jail. After participating in on-the-job training, approximately ten Walton County Fire Rescue EMTs and paramedics are currently taking shifts at the jail to assist.

“It’s a partnership that makes sense for everyone,” said Adkinson.

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September 29, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla—Eleven people die every day in the state of Florida from opioids. While the average is alarming, it’s a problem that isn’t just a risk for one demographic.

 “We all know someone or have a loved one who is affected by addiction,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “No one is immune.”

It’s a sight deputies in Walton County have witnessed numerous times; a drug overdose involving someone’s mother, father, son, or daughter. Then, the notification to family and friends is not far behind.

“It happens all too often,” said Adkinson. “It’s one of the toughest things we do.”

In May Governor Rick Scott declared a statewide public health emergency for the opioid epidemic, which allowed Florida to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Specifically, the federal funds will allow treatment and referral by courts to be evaluated for treatment of a substance abuse disorder. Treatments like VIVITROL, a non-narcotic medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to be used as a treatment alternative, along with counseling, for alcohol and opioid addiction. This medication is the only extended-release medication approved by the FDA for this purpose.

Although this medication has been available since 2014 it has been cost prohibitive due to the lack of third party insurance or Medicaid coverage. VIVITROL is a non-addictive antagonist, used to block opioid receptors so they cannot be activated.  It diminishes the cravings yet does not give a high.  The medication is administered monthly.

Now, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Chautauqua Healthcare Services to identify inmates at the Walton County Jail who could benefit from the treatment before their release. Upon their return to the community Chautauqua Healthcare Services will provide intensive outpatient treatment, case management, employment and housing assistance in addition to their monthly injections.

“On a regular basis we have family members and friends come to us desperate to help someone they care about,” said Rachel Gillis of Chautauqua Healthcare Services.  “Until now we have had little to offer beyond residential services they cannot afford and our outpatient services.

“I believe VIVITROL will give us the ability, for the first time, to help more than we have ever been able to in the past,” said Gillis.

On October 4th Chautauqua Healthcare Services and Walton County Sheriff’s Office will have a short ceremony and an official announcement discussing the VIVITROL partnership at Bogey’s Restaurant at 660 Baldwin Avenue in DeFuniak Springs.

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We stand united against evil and will continue to stand between our citizens and those who wish to do them harm.
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