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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 Investigating Convenience Store Armed Robbery

    WCSO Patrol Deputies, K9 Unit and Investigators are currently on scene investigating an armed robbery that occurred shortly after 7 pm this evening at the EZ Serve, located at 10970 Co Hwy 30A east.  A white male came into the store carrying a handgun and took an unknown amount of money from the register and fled on foot in an unknown direction.  The suspect is described having a thin build, around 5’6”, approximately 165 lbs and wearing a light brown hooded jacket with a drawstring, blue jeans, walking boots and his face was covered with a black bandana.  The cashier was not injured.   The Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance from the public that if they see an individual fitting the description, please do not approach him and call law enforcement immediately at 850 ...

    Wednesday, 28 January 2015
  • WCSO Deputies Save Man’s Life

      On Monday, January 26, 2015, Sergeant William Curtis and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hooks were dispatched to a local resort in reference to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed at the gym.  Both units arrived on scene at the same time, grabbed their AED’s and medical bags, and went inside to assess the patient.  Upon seeing and assessing the patient they were able to determine that the patient was not breathing however had a very erratic pulse.     Deputy Hooks immediately hooked up his AED, while Sergeant Curtis monitored the patient’s vitals.  The AED assessed the patient and recommended shock, after the shock was applied Sergeant Curtis began CPR.  While CPR was being conducted, South Walton Fire District arrived on scene and started to hook up their ...

    Tuesday, 27 January 2015
  • Deputies Respond to Commercial Burglary within Two Minutes, Find $200,000 Dollars’ Worth of Sunglasses in Garbage Cans

    On January 25th, around 10 p.m., Deputies responded to an alarm activation at Solstice Sunglasses located in the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Miramar Beach.  Upon arrival, Deputies found four large trash cans containing an estimated 1,000 pairs of sunglasses worth $200,000 dollars.  Video footage shows a silver or white van pull up in front of the store and four individuals are seen getting out of the van and make entry into the store.  All four individuals were wearing dark colored clothing, hoodies, gloves and masks.    Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator Matt Williams with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.   ...

    Monday, 26 January 2015
  • Organized Retail Theft Ring Busted Up By Walton County Sheriff's Deputies

    On January 19, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting incident at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestin. The caller described the suspect vehicle, which was later stopped in the parking lot by the first responding deputy. A pair of jeans valued at $317 could be seen in plain sight inside the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise, including a large amount of alcohol. During the investigation, deputies were advised by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office of a theft of a large amount of alcohol from Destin and Fort Walton Beach earlier that same day.   All suspects were identified by eyewitness statements and store security video. During the theft in Walton County, it was determined ...

    Tuesday, 20 January 2015
  • Unknown person impersonates an officer and conducts traffic stop

    On January 13, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and told of an unknown person impersonating a law enforcement officer and conducting traffic stops. The caller stated that on January 13, at approximately 6:20pm, while in the area of County Hwy 0605, DeFuniak Springs, a black Chevy Impala stopped the caller and wanted to know why they were driving so slowly. Once the subject realized that the caller was the wife of an officer, he left the scene. The vehicle is described as a black Chevy Impala, possibly a 2002 model, with red, white and blue lights located on the dash. The driver is described as White male, Approx. 45 years old, dark brown full beard and moustache, approx. ½ to 1” in length. Possibly brown eyes, under 6 feet tall and a fit build. He was wearing a navy or bl ...

    Friday, 16 January 2015
  • Burglary Suspect Apprehended Immediately in DeFuniak Springs, All Items Recovered and Returned to Owner

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office quickly apprehended Jonathan Hillard Davis, 31, of 64 E Tulip Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, after a victim returned to her home off Walden Road, DeFuniak Springs, and saw Davis run from the residence.  The victim advised the Sheriff’s Office that she entered into the garage, heard a loud noise and noticed a window screen on the ground and the window glass broken.  The victim saw the suspect run from her residence and was able to give a description of what the suspect was wearing and that he was running North on Walden Road.  The victim saw the suspect drop several items that were taken from the home.  Deputies responded, canvassed the area and located Davis at his home.  Two individuals witnessed Davis run out of the woods, ca ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
  • ASPCA Gives WCSO $8,000 Grant for the Care of Seized Horses

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is thankful to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for an $8,000 grant.  Investigator Breezy Adkinson applied for a grant with the ASPCA to help offset expenses the Sheriff’s Office incurred after rescuing multiple animals from a case that stemmed back from 2013.  One of the animals, “Noble” was taken from 1426 JW Hollington Road, Freeport, after the owner was charged with multiple felony counts of animal cruelty.  The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to cases involving animal abuse, abandonment and neglect.  We are committed to educating owners of domestic pets and livestock on providing medical care, appropriate diet and proper living conditions.  The first photo is of Noble when he was rescued.& ...

    Monday, 12 January 2015
  • Update on New Year’s Day Dog Attack that lead to Saving 40 Dogs

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with members of the State Attorney’s Office this morning in reference to the incident that occurred New Year’s Day that put a local man in the hospital and 40 dogs were rescued.  All the dogs taken from the residence located at 60 Orange Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office by the owners and are currently being evaluated by a veterinarian so they can be put up for adoption.  The dogs who were a part of the attack are in quarantine and will be assessed after ten days.  While law enforcement officers were on scene, an adult dog died and three puppies died later at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.  These dogs will be sent to Gainesville for necropsy.  The Sheriff’s Office in ...

    Friday, 09 January 2015
  • Suspect Arrested for Sending Explicit Sexual Photos to a Juvenile

      An investigator with the WCSO Special Victims Unit arrested Joseph Michael Gibbs, 27, of 159 L Street, Santa Rosa Beach, on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Gibbs communicated with a 12 year old female on Kik Messenger using an electronic device between the dates of October 9, 2014 and November 5, 2014.  Gibbs solicited the juvenile numerous times to send explicit pictures to him and also sent an explicit picture of himself to the female. Gibbs is charged with transmission of harmful material to a minor.    ...

    Friday, 09 January 2015
  • School Bus Driver Arrested for Sexually Battering a 12yoa Child on School Bus

      David Gordon O’Brien, 45, of 1226 Railroad Ave, DeFuniak Springs, a former bus driver with Walton County, was arrested by WCSO Investigators today at his current place of employment, Graceville Correctional Facility in Jackson County.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau opened an investigation on O’Brien after allegations of sexual misconduct were made by multiple children to the school authorities. The school contacted us immediately after the allegations were made.   A sexual battery was discovered during a subsequent investigation where O’Brien made inappropriate comments and was touching a victim in a sexual manner while on the school bus. O’Brien pulled off the side of a road and sexually assaulted the victim once all the other childr ...

    Thursday, 08 January 2015
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Canine Unit

k9-2The Canine (K-9) Unit consists of four highly trained teams that assist in the apprehension of suspects and the seizure of illegal drugs including, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Members of this unit train weekly on their skills along with their assigned canine to maintain a successful canine team. All canine teams are trained and certified annually to conform to United States Police Canine Association regulation and to the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association. Sergeant Nick Bearden maintains certification as a canine instructor and continues providing internal training for the canine teams.

Each team is a specialized unit who performs a wide array of search and enforcement functions.
Sergeant Nick Bearden
Canine Duko
Deputy Steve Key
Canine Ella
Deputy Corey Rawles
Canine Nero
Deputy Kristin Pond
Canine Kayne
In 2013, the Canine Unit conducted approximately 1,540 traffic stops. During these stops, the Canine Unit deployed their canines approximately 277 times resulting in 118 narcotic finds. The Canine Unit was also deployed onto 25 tracks with 13 subjects being located. This ranged from cases involving suspects in crimes to missing children. There have been 110 arrests made by the unit and members of this team have assisted in helping patrol and other agencies make arrests as well.

During this year, there have been several big cases the unit has worked, resulting in charges of trafficking in narcotics to methamphetamine labs. Several of these cases are still under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

K9-school-visit2013 Canine Unit Numbers:

  • Traffic Stops: 1,540
  • Arrests: 2110
  • Narcotic Deploy/Finds: 277/118
  • Track Deploy/Success: 25/13
  • Forfeitures Cash: $311,684
  • Forfeitures Vehicles: 5
  • Forfeitures Misc: 2 stolen guns, 1 gun associated with drugs

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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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