Walton County Sheriff Talks New Florida Sheriffs Role, Goals Moving Forward

Jul 14, 2016

Walton County’s Sheriff says he can’t wait to start working on some new initiatives of the new Florida Sheriffs Association’s President. Mike Adkinson is now that group’s Vice President.

Walton County Sheriff Adkinson says he’s on board with Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings ideas—which he describes as forward thinking. That includes making use of integrated communication systems that will allow people to quickly reach out to the Sheriff’s office.

“Let me give you an example of something he [Demings] didn’t say, but he was certainly alluding to this type of concept. Why is it that a citizen may be in an area that’s economically challenged? Why shouldn’t they be able to reach out to their Sheriff’s office at 3 a.m. by means of an Iphone and file a report, when maybe they don’t want a deputy at their house at that time when they want to ask a question? Why not a virtual deputy?”

Adkinson says he greatly admires Demings and calls him a personal friend. And, Adkinson can’t wait to work towards their common goals for the Florida Sheriffs. That includes making use of more technology, like body cameras, and continuing to maintain the independence of the Sheriff’s office.

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