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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 Death

    Deputies are on scene at a home in Miramar Beach investigating a death that occurred today. The victim, Ken Long, 50, of Miramar Beach, was hired to repair a dock at a private home off Shore Drive. The homeowner found the victim floating face down in the water. The family has been notified and the cause of death is under investigation. ...

    Friday, 25 July 2014
  • Former Public Defender Charged for Racketeering

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office served a felony warrant for Racketeering issued by the State Attorney’s Office on former Public Defender, Leonard Andrew Platteborze, 62, last night around 6 pm.  Charges stem from the June 16th, 2014, search warrants that started Operation Avalanche.  Platteborze was booked into the Walton County Jail on $10,000 bond.   Investigations are on-going and more information will be released once available.   ...

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • Search of Residence Leads to Meth Arrest

      On July 22, 2014, members the Walton County Sheriff’s Office assisted State Probation Officers on an administrative search of 351 Four Mile Road, Freeport.  The resident, Lawrence Aucoin, 35, who was present at the time of the search, was found to be in direct vicinity of used “shake and bake” cook vessels.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit secured a probable cause search warrant for the residence due to the findings of the State Probation Officers.  After the execution of the search warrant, the Vice/Narcotics Unit located muriatic acid, Coleman fuel, lighter fluid, cut lithium batteries and coffee filters in the area where the cook vessels were located previously.     Lawrence Aucion was arrested and charged with Manufacturing of ...

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • After Meth Arrest, Suspect Also Charged with Battery on a LEO

    On July 21, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 190 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. During the afternoon hours, a probable cause search warrant was obtained for the residence. During the search, Investigators located several used “One Pot” cooking vessels, muriatic acid, empty boxes of cold medicine, lithium, and syringes. The resident, Joseph Shawn Moll, 32, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church and preschool, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Moll was transported to the Walton County Jail where he received an additional charge of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer for striking a ...

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Moses Alfred Edmonds Notification

    Edmonds was convicted on 11/14/1978 for rape and abduction for immoral purposes.  Edmonds currently lives in his vehicle, a 2011 Blue Nissan Versa/VA tag number XFF1117, at 24750 Highway 331, Santa Rosa Beach, where he also works.  Edmonds is a 60 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 6’02” and 260 lbs. There are currently 143 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County. The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods. ...

    Monday, 21 July 2014
  • WCSO Assists South Walton Fire District (SWFD) on a Near-Drowning Call

    Deputies assisted the South Walton Fire District in aiding a six year old girl who was pulled from the bottom of the pool at Tops’l Resort, located at 9001 US Highway 98, around 4 pm this afternoon.  Upon the deputies arrival, the girl had been removed from the pool and CPR had been started by a doctor who was there on vacation.  When the ambulance arrived, the girl was alert and responsive, and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  The girl and her family are from Atlanta and visiting the area for a family reunion.  The girl’s condition is unknown at this time.   For further information please contact South Walton Fire District.    ...

    Monday, 21 July 2014
  • WCSO Responds to Water Rescue off Scenic Gulf

    Deputies responded to a water rescue in Miramar Beach around 6:20 p.m. this evening.  45 year old Donato Rios of Texas, was reported drowning in the gulf near Monaco Street.  A “good Samaritan” pulled him to shore and an off duty paramedic along with two deputies (one being a medic on the WCSO SWAT Team), took turns giving Rios CPR until EMS arrived.  His pulse was subsequently detected at the scene and he was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  Rios is currently listed in critical condition.   ...

    Sunday, 20 July 2014
  • Sexual Predator Jaylen Isaiah Powell Address Notification

      Powell was adjudicated on 04/21/2011 for sexual battery by juvenile/victim under 12 in Walton County, FL.  Powell’s current address is 43 Cloud Drive, Defuniak Springs.   Powell is a 17 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’07” and 124 lbs.   There are currently 153 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Charles Edsel Godwin Change of Address Notification

      Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 192 Cypress Avenue, Defuniak Springs.    Godwin is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 lbs   There are currently 152 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and p ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
  • Sexual Offender Mark Andrew Gable Address Notification

      Gable was adjudicated on 03/23/2009 for possession of photo of sexual performance by a child in Okaloosa County.  Gable’s current address is 308 Stanley Road, Freeport.   Gable is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 187 lbs.   There are currently 152 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
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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.
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Sergeant Nick Bearden
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Deputy Steve Key
Canine Ella
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Deputy Corey Rawles
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Deputy Kristin Pond
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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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