First Citizen Law Enforcement Academy(date change)



The Walton County Sheriff’s Office will hold its first Citizen Law Enforcement Academy beginning Oct. 1. 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 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 25 slots are available.  A background check will be conducted on all participants who sign-up.  To sign-up visit www.waltonso.org and click on the icon “Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.” Forms must be submitted by Sept. 19. 



Some of the topics that will be covered include: patrol procedures, arrest procedures, school resource deputies, firearm safety, crime prevention, media and public relations and a jail tour.



For more information, contact Lt Danny Garner at dgarner@waltonso.org or 401-4580.



Pajama Drive delivers comfort to abused, neglected children



Snuggling into brand new pajamas can bring a little comfort when life gets rough. This is especially true for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Social workers have found that a cozy pair of p.j.’s can help ease distress and promote a sense of security for children who must be separated from their families.



For the fifth year, FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview (FFN) will conduct a campaign to collect new, unworn pajamas for children under its supervision. The “Tucking Kids in Safe and Sound” pajama drive began Sept. 16 for Okaloosa, Walton, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.



Needed are new, unworn pajamas in infant through adult sizes for larger children. Collection boxes for the p.j.’s will be placed at all FamiliesFirst service centers and at various churches and businesses in the four-county area. ) Call 850-453-7777 for locations in your area.



Emerald Coast Miata Club



Join a group of local Mazda Miata/Mx-5 owners who are trying to contact other area Miata owners in order to start a local car club chapter.  Visit the group at facebook.com/groups/emeraldcoastmiataclub.