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

04/01/2020

Patrol 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

04/01/2020

Jail Operations

The 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 Visitation

Video 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

04/01/2020

The 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

04/01/2020

Walton 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

03/31/2020

Walton 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 Resources

Community Resource Guide

04/08/2020

SAFETY MASKS

Safety 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.  

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Executive Orders

04/01/2020

To 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

WCSO LAUNCHES HOTLINE FOR INMATE FAMILIES AT WALTON COUNTY JAIL; ADDITIONAL RESULTS REPORTED
RESULTS REVEAL POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES AT WALTON COUNTY JAIL
WALTON COUNTY JAIL TESTING INMATES FOR COVID AFTER SEVERAL TEMPERATURE CHECKS REVEAL FEVERS
A MESSAGE FROM WCSO REGARDING COVID-19 CASE REPORTING
WCSO TO USE FORFEITURE FUNDS TO PROVIDE FREE SAFETY MASKS TO THE PUBLIC
FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ISSUES STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
STATEMENT REGARDING AGENCY MEMBERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19
WALTON COUNTY BCC CLOSES BEACHES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGED WITH ENFORCEMENT
WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19