About the Walton County Sheriff’s
The Walton County Sheriff's Office has
been serving the citizens and visitors of Walton County, dating back to its first Sheriff, Michael Vaughn, in the 1820s. Currently, the Sheriff's Office employs over 200 people and has an operating budget
of $14.6 million for FY2006. This is an increase from 2001, where there were
about 150 employees and an operating budget of $8.8 million. The current employee
structure consist of patrol deputies, criminal investigators, narcotics investigators, school resource officers, beach patrol,
corrections officers, and support staff. Over 24% of the sworn officers have
five or more years of experience in law enforcement. The percentage of female
sworn officers has grown from 6% in 2001 to 19% in 2006.
Additionally, more deputies have
college degrees than ever before. Approximately 13% have received an Associate's,
13% have received a Bachelor's, and 4.2% have received a Master's. Today's deputies
are committed to higher education, with many of them currently taking classes, despite already receiving their respective
The Walton County Sheriff's Office
handled over 71,725 calls for service in 2006. That is up from 58,474 in 2005. And up from 45,427 in 2001! Depending
on the priority and severity of the call, the average response time is approximately three (3) to four (4) minutes. These calls range from traffic accidents to animal rescues to lost children to power lines being down. Also offered is a full range of civil assistance and paperwork, such as fingerprinting,
criminal background checks, summons, subpoenas, Crimestoppers, Neighborhood Watch, and more.
The main administration building
is located at 72 North Sixth Street, just off of U.S. Highway 90, in DeFuniak Springs.
There are substations located throughout the county, Santa Rosa Beach, Freeport, and Paxton.