Citizen Academy

In 2013, the WCSO held its first Citizen Law Enforcement Academy. For citizens who want a truly eye-opening experience about law enforcement, this is where it all starts. Participants will spend about three hours in a class room once a week for approximately 10 weeks. The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is a great program for any citizen who wishes to learn more about the field of law enforcement and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The class is FREE and takes place at the Sheriff’s Office Administration building located at 10 Sheriff Circle in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. A background check will be conducted on all participants who sign-up.

Topics covered during the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy include:

  • Patrol Procedures
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Dispatch & 9-1-1
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Traffic & DUI
  • K-9
  • School Resource Deputies
  • Firearm Safety
  • Crime Prevention
  • Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers
  • Media & Public Relations
  • Emergency Management
  • Jail Tour
  • Defensive Tactics/R.A.D Demonstration
  • Aviation Unit
  • SWAT


For more information please contact Lt Danny Garner at [email protected] or Deputy Harold Shover at [email protected].