The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Posse started in 2010 with 10 members and has now grown to 24. The Posse Unit helps augment activities from within the Sheriff’s Office and gives citizens an opportunity to get involved with their community. They provide assistance to patrol, emergency services and community events. The Citizen Posse are not sworn law enforcement officers and do not possess arrest powers. Its purpose is to save taxpayer money while providing sworn law enforcement officers with more time to respond and focus on violent criminals and complex criminal investigations.
In November 2013, the WCSO Posses received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. In 2003, President George W. Bush worked with Congress to initiate the “Presidential Volunteer Service Award.” The award was for both individuals and groups who dedicated their time for the betterment of their community. The WCSO Posse was nominated for the award and received a gold medal for reaching over 4000 volunteer hours in 2013. The WCSO Posse is the first “sheriff’s group” presented the distinction in the State of Florida. The award is presented to groups in the following category: Health, Youth, Parks and Emergency. The WCSO Posse received the award in the “Emergency” category.
With so many opportunities to volunteer and reach out to your local community, you can be part of making a difference. Posse members are required to serve a minimum of 16 hours per month. Applicants must pass a criminal history investigation and interview. Uniforms and necessary equipment will be provided by the WCSO. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Leah Snaith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-685-0348.