July 10, 2020 DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla—An information line is now available for families who’s loved ones are currently incarcerated at the Walton County Jail. The information line is for general questions regarding the current state of the jail following the… Read More
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION UPDATES
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to continuing to serve the residents and visitors of our county with the utmost transparency during these unprecedented times.
In the spirit of transparency and our dedication to maintaining a currency of trust with the public, we have launched an internal incident command team fully staffed with knowledgeable experts from individual bureaus within our agency who are collaborating with local agencies to keep you all updated with the most up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Updates regarding public services provided by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Walton County Jail, Walton County Fire Rescue, Walton County Animal Services, and the Walton County Child Protection Unit will be provided below.
Seating in all lobbies will be limited to four chairs, and hand sanitizer stations have been placed in convenient locations throughout the space. In addition, stickers have been placed on the floor in each lobby to allow for proper physical distancing while we work to serve you. Each lobby is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and at the end of each the business day.
For those who wish to wear a mask while doing business at our administrative offices, disposable masks will be provided (one per person).
Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to continuing to serving the pubic safely and with our residents and visitors best interest in mind. We are excited to see you and meet any needs you may have while ensuring your peace of mind.
Affected WCSO Services
Law Enforcement Services
04/01/2020Patrol deputies are responding to calls and operating as usual. WCSO deputies have been issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits along with training guidelines on proper caution to be taken to prevent possible exposure to COVID-19.
RIDE-ALONGS WITH DEPUTIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Walton County Jail Operations
Jail OperationsThe Walton County Jail facility is cleaned and sanitized on an on-going and constant basis. Safety protocols have been established to isolate any inmates who show symptoms of the Coronavirus. The inmates are provided with medical treatment as per the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health.
Inmate VisitationVideo visitation services will remain available for access via computer or mobile device to accommodate visits. Our communications provider, GettingOut, is temporarily providing 15 minutes of free video visitation per week. The 15 minutes will renew every Sunday at midnight. DETAILS: • All persons incarcerated at the time free weekly video visit is offered will be provided 15 minutes of free video visit time each week. • The 15 minutes of video visit time renews every Sunday at midnight and is available to be used at your discretion each week. • If the free weekly visit time is not used, no credit will be given. To sign up, visit: https://waltonso.org/inmate-calling/
Walton County Animal Services
04/01/2020The Walton County Animal Shelter lobby is open to the public. Only two people are permitted in the lobby at a time and hand sanitizer stations have been placed in convenient locations throughout the shelter. In addition, stickers have been placed on the floor of the lobby to allow for proper physical distancing during your visit. The lobby is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized at the beginning and end of each business day as well as throughout the day as visitors enter and exit the building. Disposable masks are provided (one per person) for those who wish to wear a mask during their visit. In attempt to minimize traffic in and out of the shelter, Walton County Animal Services encourages citizens to continue to request an animal control officer to pick up stray or lost animals in addition to pets being surrendered to the shelter. To request an animal control officer, please call (850) 892-8682.
Child Protection Services
04/01/2020Walton County Child Protection Services will continue to respond to child neglect and child abuse calls, but will be conducting interviews outside of homes in order to keep staff members and residents safe from potential exposure to COVID-19.
Walton County Fire Rescue
03/31/2020Walton County Fire Rescue personnel will continue to respond to all non-emergency and emergency calls at this time. All fire rescue personnel have been provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) along with extensive training on proper caution to be taken to prevent possible exposure to COVID-19.
Community Resource Guide
SAFETY MASKSSafety masks can be purchased through Professional Products in DeFuniak Springs online at https://www.ezywrap.com/ or over the phone at 1-800-234-9004.
04/01/2020To view Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron Desantis regarding COVID-19, click the link below. https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/
Corona Virus Articles Provided by WCSO
July 8, 2020 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— Results have returned for inmates tested for COVID-19 at the Walton County Jail. Today, jail administrators received the first round of test results for 58 inmates. Those results revealed 38 positive cases and 20… Read More
July 2, 2020 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— Daily medical rounds at the Walton County Jail reveal fevers among several inmates. Now, jail staff is taking additional precautions to identify any possible cases of COVID-19. Thursday a male inmate was identified as… Read More
In the spirit of transparency and our commitment to providing the residents and visitors of Walton County with the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding our community, the Walton County Sheriff’s agreed to assist Florida Department of Health (DOH) – Walton in… Read More
Walton County, Fla— Money previously seized during criminal activity is now being used to provide safety equipment to the citizens of Walton County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Walton County Sheriff’s Office has purchased approximately 3,000 face masks from Professional Products… Read More
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the rate of infection in his state during the global coronavirus pandemic. The order will go into effect at 12:01 am Friday, April 3rd and last for at least 30 days. Read Executive Order… Read More
WALTON COUNTY, Fla— As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Walton County Sheriff’s Office has seven employees who are self-isolating; five of whom may have been exposed while on duty; one has been tested, two did not meet criteria for testing,… Read More
March 19, 2020 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A vote early Thursday morning has closed beaches to the general public in Walton County. At their scheduled emergency meeting Walton County Board of County Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance to close all Walton… Read More
We are in unprecedented times. While continuing to serve the residents and visitors of our county, Walton County Sheriff’s Office has heard your concerns and we are listening. In the spirit of transparency and our commitment to maintaining a currency… Read More