LETTER: History repeats itself: The Walton County Posse

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

Sheriff Mike Adkinson, in May of 2010, took the giant leap of reviving the famous and historical Walton County Posse.  He envisioned it as back-up support for the dedicated sheriff officers who protect and serve the citizens and visitors of Walton County . The first account of the Walton posse is found in the historical archives dated 1863.

Its early years were spent chasing local desperados or those who ventured into the Walton county area, which incorporated three or more counties that surrounded Walton but were not yet formed by the state.

Walton was a huge area with little enforcement of the law. Vigilantes roamed the area until the U.S. Congress enacted the “Posse Comitatus  Act” in 1878 , thus giving lawful authority to the member of a sheriff’s posse. Early Walton posses knew no boundary lines. They would chase a villain into another county or state to appended the criminal and return the subject to Walton for trail.

Today, the Walton County Posse is made up of dedicated men and women who undertake specialized training which meet state guidelines. They are volunteers, who save the county residents thousands of tax dollars. Most recently they helped patrol the beaches during spring break. And that was a big job!

For information on becoming a member contact the sheriff’s department at 850-892-8186 or email lsnaith@waltonso.org

 

Chick Huettel



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