The Sheriff looks back and ahead

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office saw many victories in 2013: Operation Turkey Hunt, in which 10 individuals were apprehended in an undercover child sex sting, and multiple meth lab busts.

But a lot of the media coverage swirled around the sheriff's crackdown on spring break, with the biggest moment being a house party bust that yielded 32 arrests.

"When you think about it, we have Bay County on one side that has a population of 170,000 and Okaloosa on the other side with a quarter of a million people," said Sheriff Mike Adkinson. "In Walton County, we have a population of 60,000, which increases to three million during tourism season."

But the sheriff's office does more than hand out citations to underage breakers.

"We do a pretty good job of handling the big stuff," he said. "We solved every homicide case we dealt with and we have one of the best VICE units in the state. We are known as a premier agency in Northwest Florida. We want to be the premier agency in the state. That’s not too much to ask.”


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