Washington County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Washington County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1293 Jackson Ave # 400, Chipley, 32428 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: 850-638-6111
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Washington County Sheriff's Office is located at 1293 Jackson Ave # 400, Chipley, 32428 FL. The Washington County Sheriff's Office phone number is 850-638-6111.

Washington County Sheriff's Office News

Out of the mouth of babes... Nothing like a little tear jerker mid-week! 💚 We are so thankful for these note cards that we received from several Washington County students today! We loved reading EVERY. SINGLE. ONE!! 📝 They definitely gave us something to smile about! 😁 #StrongerThanAHurricane #WashingtonCounty #HurricaneMichael #Recovery

POD LOCATIONS NOW OPEN Water, MREs, baby items, toiletries, and other miscellaneous supplies are currently available at the following locations Monday - Friday from 9AM - 3PM: ✔️ EBRO TOWN HALL– 6629 Dog Track Rd., Ebro, FL ✔️ VERNON COMMUNITY CENTER- 2808 Yellow Jacket Dr., Vernon, FL ☎️ Call 850-849-5768 for more information 💌Please share this information with your friends and family! 📲AND DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW OUR FRIENDS AT Emergency Management, Washington County, Florida to stay up to date with county-wide recovery information.

A SMILE CAN GO A LONG WAY... We couldn’t go without sharing this sweet photo of our newest Junior Deputy, Dakotah. When his family stopped by for supplies after Hurricane Michael, we couldn’t help but to notice him. Even though they were going through a lot, he never stopped smiling. What an inspiration... and a reminder that a smile can impact another person in ways you may never be aware of. Who are you going to inspire with kindness today?? 👮🏻‍♂️😁💚

WASHINGTON COUNTY DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS: 💻 Pre-Registration Window - November 8 – 18 ☎️ Phone Application Window - November 10 - 13 🏛️ In-Person Application Window - November 14 – 18 To pre-register visit: www.MyFLFamilies.com/DSNAP

UPDATE: 10/25/18 @ 9:23 a.m. - Washington County Judge Colby Peel ordered Goedtke to be held without bond during his first appearance this morning. Goedtke is currently in the Washington County Jail. TWO CONFIRMED FATALITIES IN HIT AND RUN; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY At approximately 6:42 pm, 3 linemen were hit by a vehicle on S.R. 77 near Talton Drive, as they were working to restore power lost due to Hurricane Michael. The driver, who initially fled on foot, was spotted by a Chipley Police Officer and has since been identified as John Roland Goedtke, 37, of Tampa Florida. Goedtke was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail. The Florida Highway Patrol is the lead investigative agency in this case. Multiple charges are pending at this time.

Update #2 - 11:43 p.m. - north and southbound lanes have been reopened. Please be extremely cautious while traveling!! UPDATE: Suspect in custody - please see additional post on our page. ‼️S.R. 77 is closed from Wausau to Chipley due to a hit and run traffic accident. Traffic is being diverted to alternate routes. Law Enforcement is investigating the scene and ask all motorists to avoid the area.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF: Things have changed in Washington County since Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle two weeks ago. The wail of chainsaws early in the morning are now a welcomed sound, representing life and progress. Blue tarps are visible on nearly every roof in sight. Trees are bent and broken, laying across homes and lining our streets. And, as we count our blessings looking up at the stars at night, it is hard not to notice the unfamiliar skyline. Some would say our county is unrecognizable. People have been thirsty, hungry, scared, and are now homeless or jobless. But the one thing that has remained the same is the love we have for our neighbors. As devastation blew through our county, it brought in its wake a surprising twist of smiling faces, helping hands, and kind words from strangers. Amongst the harrowing photographs of nearby areas and the heartbreaking stories of those who have lost their lives, we seek anything good – only to look to our left and to our right. Seeing communities rally behind each other and the outpour of their love and compassion has been a humbling experience. I will always be grateful for the ability to serve as your Sheriff, and in times like these, I could not be prouder of the communities I love. Kevin Crews

UPDATE: U.S. 90 is now open to traffic. TRAFFIC CRASH WITH ROAD BLOCKAGE U.S. 90 is temporarily shut down due to a traffic accident in the area of New Prospect Road. Please avoid the area if possible. Florida Highway Patrol is currently on scene, no details are available at this time. We will update you once the roads have been cleared.

⬇️ Current Hurricane Michael Recovery Information for Washington County.

ON SCENE NOW WCSO WARNS PUBLIC OF HURRICANE MICHAEL FRAUD; 5 ARRESTED Washington County Sheriff’s Office has just arrested 5 Hispanic males after a homeowner returned home to find them on the roof of her residence. The home, which had no previous roof damage from Hurricane Michael, was tarped by the suspects who were not authorized to be on the property. The suspects are being charged with felony criminal mischief and trespassing. “We are urging all residents to remain vigilant,” says Sheriff Kevin Crews. “If an individual is found on your property call law enforcement immediately.” Washington County Sheriff’s Office also wants the public to be informed of the risks that are associated with unlicensed contractors. If you are approached by anyone that you are uncomfortable with or that cannot provide licensure information, contact WCSO immediately at 850-638-6111 There will be a zero tolerance in Washington County of our residents being taken advantage of. Individuals who are working in the capacity of a contractor and are unlicensed will face criminal felony charges.

Thank you Polk County Sheriff's Office 💚💛

We are happy to report that the beloved Tahane, a wolf from the Seacrest Wolf Preserve Inc., was found and has been returned home. After Hurricane Michael slammed through his habitat, Tahane was able to escape. Late Friday night, a WCSO deputy working in the Ebro area spotted Tahane and advised our Communications Center to call for rescue assistance. Shortly after the deputy lost sight of the wolf, a resident reported another sighting nearby. Once Tahane’s owner arrived, the wolf came to her side immediately and the pair was safely reunited. Thank you MyFWC and Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL for assisting in getting Tahane home safely!! **(with their approval) We would like to update this post and express our personal thanks to the residents that called in the last sighting of Tahane, Shelly and Anthony White. Without their quick thinking the outcome could have been very different. “He is home safe and that was the goal,” says Shelly White.” We are grateful to everyone involved. ❤️🐾

RESCUES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES Meet Jake. 🐾 Just days after Hurricane Michael, WCSO Dispatcher Lauren Kinman and Volunteer Caitlin Granger were able to return him to his family. If you are missing your pet, please call the Chipley Animal Shelter @ (850) 638-2082.

Sheriff Kevin Crews has lifted the curfew for Washington County. We want you to stay safe, so it is imperative that you be mindful of the debris that is still near the roadways. REMAIN ALERT - DO NOT DRIVE DISTRACTED 📲

Important UPDATED INFORMATION regarding the Recovery of Hurricane Michael

Thank you!!!! The amount of people pulling together during the recovery of Hurricane Michael has been something we will never forget! 💚

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISPATCHERS - THE LIFELINE Through it all, even when first responders were grounded because the winds were ripping through our towns at over 100 miles per hour, WCSO dispatchers were at work answering your calls for help. They live and breathe the safety of all emergency personnel and our residents. They are the lifeline between a person in need and a first responder being on scene. During Hurricane Michael they slept on floors (when they could sleep), they went without meals because they were too busy to eat, and they stayed around the clock for days - not knowing what it might be like at home because they could not communicate with their families. When YOU need US... they are OUR first responders. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DISPATCHERS- NOT JUST THOSE PICTURED HERE.

UPDATE 10/18/18 @ 1:57pm- From Verizon news release https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-provides-1-million-red-cross-and-florida-relief-fund-hurricane-michael-relief Three Month Free Offer In addition to the donations, Verizon is also expanding its offer of three months of free monthly access to its customers in nine counties that were most heavily impacted by Hurricane Michael. In addition to Bay and Gulf counties, every Verizon customer in Calhoun, Franklin, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington counties will be automatically credited for three months of monthly access charges for each line. This free service is for consumer, business accounts and public safety organizations UPDATE: 7:22 pm - We understand you guys have A LOT of questions regarding the free service Verizon is providing for Washington County residents. We have been in constant contact with our point of contact this afternoon to get clear answers for you. We are being reassured that it is FREE SERVICE for 3 MONTHS and that they will have the specifics of those conditions to us soon. We will update this post when we receive the info. WASHINGTON COUNTY TO RECEIVE FREE VERIZON WIRELESS SERVICES FOR 3 MONTHS - CONFIRMED WCSO has just confirmed through Verizon Wireless leadership that Washington County will be receiving 3 months of FREE SERVICE.

Hurricane Michael has nothing on a determined LEO wife! Just sayin’ 🤷🏻‍♂️ Cpl. Harrison’s wife did laundry for Florida National Guard and #SRO Dep. Yohn’s wife (who rcv’d power last night) made AMAZING cookies & delivered them this am.

YOUR VOICES ARE BEING HEARD💚 Sheriff Crews met with Governor Rick Scott Neal Dunn and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to ensure the safety of our beautiful small towns and communication is available to loved ones. It has been his mission to make sure the needs of Washington County residents, following Hurricane Michael, are heard and met. Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 800-621-3362(FEMA) for assistance.

WASHINGTON COUNTY INMATES PROVIDE SUPPORT IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE MICHAEL When we say it has been all hands on deck since Hurricane Michael blew through Washington County, we mean... ALL. HANDS. ON. DECK! Washington County Trustees were more than happy to lend a helping hand as Sheriff Crews and Investigators loaded the Sheriff’s truck with water and MREs that were being delivered to those in need. “Reducing recidivism is a critical part of creating a safer county,” says Sheriff Crews. “We want them to be productive in society and we believe their involvement in the recovery of this storm will show them that they can be. They too are valued citizens and people need them. Everyone wants to be needed.” Inmates have also assisted in meal preparations, daily cleaning, filling water jugs for citizens that stop by, loading vehicles, and anything else needed to allow WCSO personnel stay focused on resident safety.

UPDATE: We are currently out of cleaning supplies at our office. If we receive another donation we will update this post. Thank YOU!! Much love to the Santa Rosa County resident that delivered household cleaning supplies, toiletries, and diapers to WCSO this morning!!! You rock! ❤️❤️

WASHINGTON COUNTY CURFEW UPDATE Sheriff Crews has extended the evening curfew until 10 p.m. effective immediately. The county wide curfew is now 10pm-5am. Please keep in mind this curfew is for your safety. Please continue to use caution.

Check out the updates for Hurricane Michael Recovery. ⬇️⬇️