Fort Walton Beach, FL Police

Fort Walton Beach, Florida Jail and Mugshot Information

The City of Fort Walton Beach, Florida has a population of 20,597. The mayor as of 2018 is Dick Rynearson. His phone number is (850) 499-5955 and his email address is drynearson@fwb.org. The city can be found in Okaloosa County.

Dick Rynearson
107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: (850) 499-5955
Email: drynearson@fwb.org

The crime index of Fort Walton Beach, as reported by a 2016 statistic, was 249. There has been 111 registered sex offenders living in the city, with the residents-sex offender ratio at 197 to 1.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida Police Station Information

The crime data reveals that the overall Fort Walton Beach, FL crime rates are 3% lower than in comparison to the Florida mean and are 7% higher than the nation’s mean. In regards to violent offenses, Fort Walton Beach, FL has a rate that is 30% lower than the Florida average; compared to the United States, it is 22% lower than. Looking at crimes involving property, Fort Walton Beach, FL is 2% higher than its state’s mean, and 12% higher than the country’s average.

Facts about crime in Fort Walton Beach, Florida:

  • The overall crime rate in Fort Walton Beach is 7% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 8.32 daily crimes that occur in Fort Walton Beach.
  • Fort Walton Beach is safer than 35% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Fort Walton Beach you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Fort Walton Beach has decreased by 12%.

The Police Department is responsible for protecting and promoting community safety, ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic, and for seeking solutions to any problems that threaten the quality of life in the City of Fort Walton Beach. Through its community policing initiative, the Department uses innovative approaches to problem solving and crime prevention.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is a full service Department. The Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Department maintains a Patrol Division, Community Policing Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Scene Investigation, Tactical Response Team, Hostage Negotiation Team, Gang Suppression Unit, K-9 Unit, Police Recruitment Unit, Background Investigations Unit, Honor Guard and other support services.

Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Patrol Division is responsible for providing 24-hour response to calls for police service, conducting patrol activities, investigating crimes, and performing other law enforcement services. The Uniform Patrol Division is also responsible for overseeing the Police Department’s K-9 program and School Crossing Guards.

Patrol

The Police Department maintains two Patrol Platoons respectively designated “Alpha” and “Bravo”. Each Platoon consists of two individual shifts representing the day shift squad and night shift squad.

K-9 Unit

The mission of the canine teams is to enhance the law enforcement service provided to the community. K9 “Astro” is teamed with his handler, Corporal Charles Pettis. The handler and canine work as a team in their primary role of narcotics detection. Police Department K9’s are specially trained to detect the presence of illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, “crack” cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. A canine team may be deployed to check any structure, vehicle, or boat within applicable legal requirements.

School Crossing Guards

These part-time civilians are responsible for assisting neighborhood elementary school children to safely cross streets within school zones, before and after school.

Operations Support Division

The Operations Support Division is primarily responsible for conducting latent investigations of reported criminal activity and for initiating investigations of street level criminal activity. The division is also responsible for providing logistical support to all other operational functions throughout the agency.

Investigations

General Investigations

The General Investigations Unit conducts latent investigations of crimes against persons cases and crimes against property cases. The General Investigations Unit is also responsible for investigating serious incidents such as Homicide, Robbery, Sexual Battery, “Carjacking”, Missing Persons and Crimes against Children.

Street Crimes Investigations

The Street Crimes Unit is responsible for initiating investigations of crimes involving racketeering, street and intermediate level drug investigations, prostitution, obscenity, gambling and other street level criminal activity.

Community Policing

The City of Fort Walton Beach Police Department uses the strategy of Community Oriented Policing. The Police Department has a team of Community Policing Officers who are responsible for identifying problems in specific areas of the City. Community Policing Officers are tasked to work with residents and businesses within the City. These officers will identify problems, devise solutions, and monitor the resolution. The focus of this problem solving process will be the creation of partnerships with the community to seek solutions, get them resolved so they are not recurring.

Honor Guard

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department Honor Guard is a ceremonial police unit dedicated to upholding the highest values and traditions of the men and women of law enforcement. Officers of the Fort Walton Beach Police Department Honor Guard are committed to representing the City of Fort Walton Beach and their law enforcement family, both locally and nationally. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department Honor Guard honors fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They remain ready to serve at the direction of the Chief of Police and participate at various city and department sponsored events. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department Honor Guard is civically minded and remembers our military veterans, as well as individuals and organizations that are dedicated to public service.

Special Operations

The primary responsibility of the Tactical Response Team and the Hostage Negotiations Team is to provide specialized services in support of anticipated and unanticipated law enforcement operations requiring the use of special weapons, tactics, negotiations, or specialized training outside the realm of conventional agency operational components.

Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP)

Once hired, a Recruit Police Officer is required to successfully complete the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP). The Field Training and Evaluation Program is designed to acquaint the Recruit Officer with agency policies, procedures, rules, and regulations and will have a curriculum based on tasks of the most frequent assignments. This training is designed to supplement formal classroom training received through any of the state’s recognized Criminal Justice Training Centers. The minimum length of the Field Training and Evaluation Program for Recruit Officers is eleven (11) duty weeks in duration, regardless of previous law enforcement experience.

Reserve Officers

The Reserve Officer Unit provides additional manpower in special situations and augments normal law enforcement operations. It is the policy of the Fort Walton Beach Police Department to maintain a unit of Reserve Police Officers in accordance with the definition in Florida Statute 943.10(6) for “Part-Time” Police Officers. Reserve Police Officers exercise full law enforcement powers only while serving as on-duty members of the Department.

Crime Scene

The Evidence Technician is responsible for cataloging and storing all evidence and found property in accordance with State laws and department policies. The Technician will process some pieces of evidence for potential physical evidence such as latent prints and DNA. The Technician responds to major crime scenes to document, photograph, and collect evidence.

Communications

The Communications Center maintains continuous 24-hour communications services for all non-emergency and 911 calls. The Communications Section is responsible for receiving, recording and dispatching calls for police service and assigning an appropriate response to each call, associated record keeping with the communications function, and other associated responsibilities as directed by the Operations Support Division Commander or competent authority.

Records

The Records Management Unit is responsible for the agency’s central records function, to include filing, storing, reproducing, and destroying agency records in compliance with agency policy and state law, collecting and disseminating statistical data from records maintained in the section, assisting with the preparation of mandated government reports filed by other Department personnel, and other associated responsibilities as directed by the Operations Support Division Commander or competent authority.

Fort Walton Beach Police Department Address:

William “Bill” Royal, Interim Police Chief
7 Hollywood Blvd NE
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Phone: 833-9900 ext 39547

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County Sheriff, Warrant, Most Wanted Information in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Larry Ashley, Sheriff
50 2nd Street
Shalimar Florida 32579
Phone: 850 651-7410
Email: sheriff@sheriff-okaloosa.org

Civil Process

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for serving a great many types of paperwork generated by the court system. The Florida Statutes under Statute 30.15 outline the powers, duties and obligations of the Sheriffs in Florida.

This statute begins by stating that Sheriffs, in their respective counties, in person or by deputy, shall:

  • Execute all process of the Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, and Boards of County Commissioners of this state, to be executed in their counties.
  • Execute such writs, processes, warrants, and other papers directed to them, as may come to their hands to be executed in their counties.

Communications

When the public calls for assistance they have the expectation of and the right to have their call handled in a professional and expedient manner regardless of where they are located in Okaloosa County. With this in mind, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has been working to improve their communications center. The Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with The Okaloosa County Office of Emergency Management to provide the Communications Center with new up to date technology equipment which allows communications officers to handle calls in a more efficient manner.

Honor Guard

The OCSO Honor Guard was established in 1997 to represent Okaloosa County, the Sheriff’s Office, its officers and families at police funerals, parades and other ceremonial occasions. It is our intention to assist all officers and their families during their time of emotional duress from the loss or debilitating injury of their loved one.

Investigations

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Section is currently comprised of eighteen investigators and ten civilians who provide a wide spectrum of investigative services including criminal investigations, crime scene investigations, victim advocacy, and crime analysis
The Criminal Investigation Section includes crimes such as property crimes, economic crimes, crimes against children, cybercrimes and violent crimes. An investigator may be assigned a homicide investigation one day and a forgery case the next. Investigators may work the initial crime scene through the follow-up investigation and into the court proceeding. Crime Scene Technicians are responsible for the collection and preservation of crime scene evidence. They document the crime scene through photographs and collect and process all the evidence from the scene. They also maintain property and evidence submitted by deputies. Like investigators, crime scene technicians are also available for call out 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Special Investigations Division

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Section has a primary mission of identifying, infiltrating, investigating, and dismantling criminal drug organizations operating in, or with a nexus to, Okaloosa County through the arrest of participants and the seizure of assets used or acquired in violation of law.

Judicial Services

Judicial Services consists of Court Security, Inmate Transportation, Prisoner Extradition, and some functions of Booking as well. Judicial Services is currently commanded by Lieutenant Jay Jones and two Sergeants. Sergeant Harold Mason supervises District 1 while Sergeant Keller-Lithgow supervises District 2. The Court Security Unit is responsible for the safety of Judges and judicial staff, as well as citizens. Bailiffs insure a smooth flow of the judicial process while maintaining order in the court. They provide security for the Crestview, Shalimar and Fort Walton Beach Courthouses. Court Security is also responsible for security for other county elected officials and meetings. Okaloosa County opened a brand new 86,000 square foot courthouse this year in Fort Walton Beach.

K-9 Unit

Dogs and their handlers must constantly train to maintain the performance standards for which the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office K-9’s are renowned. The Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd breeds have proven to be well-suited for the many tasks that Okaloosa County K-9’s must perform. Many people instantly associate “police dogs” with drug detection, but that is only one of the many jobs that the K-9’s perform well.

Marine and Beach Patrol

The waters of the Emerald Coast provide a wonderful place to fish, dive, cruise, or just anchor a boat or personal watercraft. Along with an ever-growing number of vessels on local waterways unfortunately comes an increase in water-related accidents or incidents. These can range from a simple wake zone violation to sinking vessels. In an effort to keep up with skyrocketing vessel traffic, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office established a presence on the local waters around 1994.

Patrol

The deputies who serve on road patrol can tell you there is no such thing as “routine” patrol activities. The Patrol Unit is considered the backbone of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. It is not only the largest division within the Sheriff’s Office, it is also the most visible. Its general responsibility is to protect lives and property, to maintain a safe and orderly environment for citizens and visitors in all areas of Okaloosa County. Daily activities include patrolling their jurisdictions, answering calls, and investigating any suspicious activity, as well as responding to unusual occurrences. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received more than 175,000 calls for service in 2010 alone.

Records

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Records Section is responsible for administering the electronic and written records of the agency in compliance with Florida Statutes and agency policy, as well as providing these records to the public upon request. Duties of the Records staff members include entering and reviewing offense and arrest reports, distributing appropriate records to all pertinent agencies, and answering calls and requests from the public and other law enforcement agencies. Records also maintain all traffic citations and traffic crashes handled by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. The Records Section is comprised of three full time Records Clerks and a Records Supervisor.

School Resource Officers

Since 1997, The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has placed a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) in all middle and high schools throughout the county. The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. In addition to providing law enforcement presence at the schools, SRO’s are role models for the students. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office currently has 37 deputies assigned to the School Resource Officer Program. There is an SRO in each elementary, middle and high school in Okaloosa County. We are very fortunate to have a strong relationship with the educators of the Okaloosa County and the unit works hand in hand with the Okaloosa County School District.

Special Response Team

SRT consists of twenty full-time deputies who serve on a collateral duty basis. SRT provides a coordinated response to critical incidents throughout Okaloosa County, and whenever requested, in other areas throughout the State of Florida. These incidents are wide-ranging and include hostage/barricaded gunman situations, high risk search and arrest warrant service, terrorist incidents, security operations, and response to civil disturbances. The team is equipped and trained to operate on water, and in urban and rural environments in both daylight and/or darkness.

Traffic

As Okaloosa County continues to grow, so do the traffic problems. Aside from close to 200,000 residents, there are an additional 2.3 million visitors a year driving our roadways. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is currently made up of nine full-time deputies, one part-time deputy and one auxiliary member who are working hard to keep these roadways safe for everyone.

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