Walton County residents volunteer to take on trash

trash on beach
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 04:25 PM.

It's no surprise that Walton County is looking for volunteers to help with spring break crowd control and cleanup.

With over 500 arrests already under their belts, county police are reining in rowdy spring breakers with little manpower.

WCSO started the Sheriff's Posse/Volunteer Unit about three years ago, when spring break first started to take off in Walton County .

"The idea was brought up at a town hall meeting with the public and county commission and Sheriff Adkinson," said WCSO Lt. Danny Garner. "We started off with approximately six people and we now have 21, with five more seeking to join the program."

Dressed in provided t-shirts, volunteers can donate any amount of time to patrol the beach areas and report any beach related violations of county ordinances and state statutes using their own cell phone. Volunteers go through the same type of education as those who enter Neighborhood Watch programs.

"They are advised not to approach the subjects; they're just reporting the crime," Garner said.

More people looking out for the beach will not only increase the safety of locals and tourists, but can save money by letting WCSO know where officers are needed most.

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