Fort Walton Beach Police Department

  • Agency: Fort Walton Beach Police Department
  • Address: 7 Hollywood Blvd NE, Fort Walton Beach, 32548 FL
  • Chief: Ted Litschauer (Chief of Police)
Phone: 850-833-9900
Fax: 850-833-9563

Fort Walton Beach Police Department is located at 7 Hollywood Blvd NE, Fort Walton Beach, 32548 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Ted Litschauer. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department phone number is 850-833-9900.

Fort Walton Beach Police Department News

FORT WALTON BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE UPDATE: Second Avenue Shooting Suspect in Custody for Unrelated Charges The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is still actively pursuing all leads to the 102 Second Avenue shooting that took place the night of Thursday, June 14th. Edwin Devon Grissom, 22, of Fort Walton Beach, who is believed to be a suspect in the shooting, came into the Fort Walton Beach Police Department to discuss the incident. Grissom was subsequently arrested for unrelated charges regarding a previous domestic violence incident that occurred in the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. The shooting incident in the Fort Walton Beach Police Department’s jurisdiction is believed to have been a continuation of the incident in the county. ————— Original Post On June 14th, 2018 at 1705 hours, officers with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department responded to the area of Ranger Street and Second Avenue in reference to a shots fired call. Upon officers’ arrival, witnesses/victims reported that a black SUV, occupied by several individuals, stopped in front of #102 Second Avenue. One of the occupants of the SUV exited the vehicle with a semiautomatic pistol and discharged the gun toward the home multiple times. A dog that was on the property at the time was struck with one of the rounds. The injured dog, along with the owner, was transported by police vehicle to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Okaloosa/Walton County for medical treatment. No other injuries were reported. Several leads are currently being developed as this case continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Walton Beach Police Department at 850-833-9546 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

A cell phone video has recently been circulating on Facebook regarding an incident that occurred at a local restaurant on May 2nd, 2018. Our officers responded to 318 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW, at 0129 hours in reference to a disorderly incident between staff and a customer. So we feel it is important to set the record straight and have attached a link below of the officer’s body worn camera, where citizens can view the video in its entirety. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department conducted a full review of the incident and the actions our officers took that evening. Video from the officer’s body worn camera was reviewed in its entirety and conveyed our officers followed proper protocol when dealing with violations involving Florida State Statues. The cell phone video being shared only shows a small part of the incident and does not include that the individuals detained were released after the situation calmed and the bill in question was satisfied - which is what the officers were trying to achieve from the beginning. We met with other interested parties in regard to this matter and all parties involved determined that while there was no misconduct of the officers that the situation could have been handled differently by both parties involved. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department strives to provide superior police services to all citizens and uses opportunities such as this to learn and refine our interactions with the public.

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We stand behind you Orlando Police Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer, his family and the OPD family.

FWBPD Safety Tip - Summer is here and vacations are underway so as you are going out-of-town please keep these tips in mind: • Don’t publicize vacations ahead of time. Burglars watch for newspaper accounts. • Stop deliveries of newspapers and mail. • An Authorization to Hold Mail can be done online or be obtained from your mail delivery person or picked up at your nearest Post Office. Or have a friend pick them up while you are gone. • Arrange to have the lawn mowed. • Leave information where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on your house. • Give your house a lived-in appearance. • Have a neighbor occasionally use your garbage can. • Put automatic timers on several lights and a radio. Set them so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms, especially the bathroom. • Do not leave lights on 24 hours a day. • Leave drapes in a normal position to maintain a lived-in appearance. • Turn the bell on the telephone down to low. • Have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your house. • Contact us and ask for an officer to conduct security checks of your home and property while you are away. This service is free to the public.

Press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office highlighting Operation PayDirt.

Fort Walton Beach Police Department Recovers Missing Juvenile and Trafficking Amounts of Narcotics On Friday, May 25, 2018, Detectives and Officers of the Fort Walton Beach Police Department responded to Dolphin Inn Room 117, located at 207 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, in attempts to recover a missing/runaway juvenile based on information from a tip. While on scene, Detectives and Officers made contact with seven individuals to include the missing juvenile. Marijuana and cocaine was observed, in plain view, and all seven individuals were removed from the room and secured. Detectives spoke with and obtained consent from the room renter to search the room for further contraband. During the search of the room the following contraband was located: Approximately 255.4 grams of Marijuana, 234 Xanax Bars, 108 Oxycodone 30 mg pills, 62 Ecstasy pills, Approximately 16.4 grams of Hashish, 5 handguns, 1 BB gun, $1,865.11 US Currency, and several items of paraphernalia for the packaging and distribution of narcotics. As a result of the consensual search, the following individuals were arrested at the scene: Kenya A. Worley, 21 year old, black male, of Fort Walton Beach, FL. Charged with trafficking in oxycodone, possession of controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and the sale of prescription pills. Angel Galvez, 19 year old, white male of 4 Lakes Road in Crestview, FL. Charged with Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gerardo Hernandez-Soto, 15 year old, white male of 955 Airport Road Unit 139 in Destin, FL. Charged with Possession of controlled substance with the intent to distribute and the sale of prescription pills. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Walton Beach Police Department at 850-833-9546 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application. ###

TASER, TASER, was captured of one of our attendees from the HOPE Program - Honorary Officer Police Experience utilizing a taser under the instruction of Corporal Brandon Chapin.

Last night was our second class of the HOPE Program - Honorary Officers Police Experience last night. The attendees received instruction on Patrol Firearms, Less Than Lethal Weapons, Concealed Carry Concerns and, Self Defense. As a special treat for the attendees, they were given an overview of the agency issued TASER. Then they were allowed to fire the TASER at a target. This is a great opportunity to learn about FWBPD. The program is held the last Monday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. For more information please contact us and ask for Corporal Charles Pettis.

Members of our department are currently at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for a press conference regarding Operation PayDirt. The operation consisted of a major takedown of a heroin/fentanyl trafficking organization that had been operating in Okaloosa County. The investigation resulted in the largest seizure of heroin and fentanyl in Okaloosa County history. More information to follow soon.

6:30 a.m. 5/30/18 UPDATE: Traffic light at Hill/Lovejoy intersection now fully operational. No traffic delays expected in this area. ——————- TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHT OUTAGE DUE TO CRASH: HILL AVENUE/ LOVEJOY ROAD INTERSECTION The Fort Walton Beach Police Department urges motorists to use extra caution at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Lovejoy Road due to a traffic crash and resulting traffic light outage. Officers with the FWBPD responded to the crash scene on the evening of Tuesday, May 29. No injuries were reported, but the damage to the traffic light cannot be immediately repaired. Stop signs have been temporarily placed at each corner and the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop until repairs can be completed this week. Please plan ahead, be prepared for potential delays in this area, and use caution.

If you have any information please contact FHP or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application

FWB City streets that may be more susceptible to flooding: -Hughes Street NE from Beal Pkwy to Eglin Pkwy -Laurie Drive NE from Okaloosa Road NE to Hollywood Blvd NE -Alexandria Place SE from address #16 to address #25 -McGriff Street NE from Harbeson Avenue NE to address #9 McGriff Street NE -Industrial Street NW from Robinwood Drive NW to Beal Pkwy NE -Holmes Blvd NW from Highland Drive NW to Rainbow Drive NW -Sullivan Street NW from Jonquil Avenue NW to Hooper Drive NW -Anchors Street NW from Blake Avenue NW to Forsman Drive NW

Information regarding Alberto Beach flags are double red - water is closed to the public.

Land Of The Free Because Of The Brave - We remember our military members who gave their lives in the service of our country.

Holiday travel is underway for the Memorial Day weekend. Our roads and waterways will be busy. Stay safe and celebrate responsibly. Report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.

Congratulations to Corporal Ryan Chisholm who was nominated today as one of the Law Enforcement Officers of the Year for Okaloosa County. Corporal Chisholm was presented with two certificates from Congressman Matt Gaetz and Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon.

Sexual Predator Notification John Paul Moore Sr 420 Woodrow St NE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

FORT WALTON BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE FWBPD Investigating Motorcycle Crash Fort Walton Beach—The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is currently investigating a motorcycle crash that occurred on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. At approximately 5:49 p.m., the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, along with the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department and Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services responded to a vehicle versus motorcycle crash at the intersection of Sudduth Circle Northeast and Ferry Road. The crash involved 32-year-old Andrew Robert Schneider who was operating a 1997 Harley Davidson and 20-year-old Rachel Catherine Shidemantle, who was operating a 2008 Jeep. Schneider and Shidemantle were both transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Schneider succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 6:22 p.m. Next of kin was notified. Shidemantle was treated and released. The investigation is on-going and additional details will be released at the appropriate time. # # #

The FWBPD SWAT team competing on day 2 to honor the memory of Okaloosa Deputy Anthony “Tony” Forgione, who was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect during a SWAT call-out on July 22, 2008.

UPDATE: Lachaela Putnick was located in Virginia with family members and is okay.

If you are listening to the radio tune in to NewsTalk 1260 WFTW to listen to Chief Ed Ryan and Sergeant Candy Galindo.