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

On October 30, 2018 the Fort Walton Beach Police Department had a promotional pinning ceremony. We would like to congratulate Major Tracy Hart, Lieutenant Mark Hayse, Sergeant Dustin Rosenburg and Corporal Kendra Stalls.

Meet future Fort Walton Beach Police Officer Jason. Jason stopped by to visit today because it's his birthday. Happy birthday Jason!

Officer Perry Heslep assisted fire fighters after a motor vehicle accident. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department would like to congratulate the following employees for receiving awards yesterday from City Manager Michael Beedie and Mayor Dick Rynearson: Corporal Dan Cain - 5 years of service Custodian Billy Carnley - 10 years of service Evidence Technician Sheila Mercier - 10 years of service Communications Officer Mike Allshouse - 10 years of service Communications Officer Sabrina Cronkhite - 20 years of service (not pictured) Detective Kelly Stanley - 5 years of service (not pictured) Sergeant Ryan Chisholm - Nominee for City Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Acting Chief of Police Bill Royal on his retirement!

Fort Walton Beach Police Department remembers 9/11/01.

This Labor Day, and Every Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Each year, Americans mark the end of summer with the Labor Day holiday weekend, a time to celebrate the hard work and many accomplishments of our country. Sadly, however, the Labor Day holiday has also become one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on their way home from these holiday festivities. This year, the Fort Walton Beach Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways. “We need our community to understand: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—Labor Day, and every day,” said Fort Walton Beach Interim Police Chief Bill Royal.“Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and the numbers are rising, little by little. This isn’t about a ticketing campaign. This is about a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives."

School is back in session! As we welcome our students, teachers, administrators, and support personnel back for another year, we encourage everyone to keep your eyes open and to observe school bus and school zone safety rules. Welcome back and stay safe! TIPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN •Arrive at the bus stop with about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. •At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Never sit on the roadway or curb while waiting for your bus. •Make sure your children know their bus driver’s name and bus number. •Tell children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into the car with a stranger. Children should tell parents, the bus driver and a teacher at school if a stranger tries to talk to them or pick them up. •Children should never walk behind a bus and should stay away from bus wheels at all times. When the bus stops, children should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus. •Children should look both ways before crossing the street- look left, right and left again. Tell them to make eye contact to make sure the bus driver can see them as they cross the street. •On the bus, children should remain seated at all times and keep the aisle clear. Tell children not to put their head, hands or arms out the window. •Children should avoid any loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus. TIPS FOR MOTORISTS •Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots. •Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in direction. Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas. •Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones. •Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards. •Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school. •Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. (See diagram)

BUCKLE UP your precious cargo! Make sure your children are always properly restrained in the appropriate car seat or booster seat. #ChildSafetyFL #ArriveAliveFL August is Child Safety Awareness Month, and we're partnering with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to remind and educate motorists on safe driving behaviors to protect Florida's most precious cargo, our children.

Recently the Fort Walton Beach Police Department received reports of a local home rental scam. The victim found a posting online for a home available for rent in Fort Walton Beach and contacted the poster. Then, after sending the suspect money for a "deposit," the victim found out at the posting was fraudulent. We urge citizens to be aware of rental scams with some tips and signs to look for when searching for a rental: 1. They tell you to wire money This is the surest sign of a scam. There’s never a good reason to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee, first month’s rent, or vacation rental fee. That’s true even if they send you a contract first. Wiring money is the same as sending cash — once you send it, you have no way to get it back. 2. They say they’re out of the country But they have a plan to get the keys into your hands. It might involve a lawyer or an “agent” working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys. Don’t send money to them overseas. If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment, or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking. What if the rental itself is overseas? Paying with a credit card or through a reputable vacation rental website with its own payment system are your safest bets. 3. They don’t want to show you the place first. If you reach out about an online rental listing and the responder doesn’t immediately discuss showing you the available space, consider it a telltale sign that he or she has no association with the property. 4. They’re ready to make a deal with no background info. You want a landlord or property manager who seeks reliable tenants. If someone claims to be ready to sign the lease with only email communication and no background on your financial stability, he or she is likely looking to get a one-time payment from you and may disappear before you move. Top Tips So how do you condense that into practical advice? Here are our top tips for staying safe when you rent: • Use a reputable site • Don’t use online services to send payment • Don’t hand over cash for anything you haven’t seen • Trust your instincts • Pay by credit card if you can Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Check with a reputable rental company or agent if you're not sure about a listing. Stay safe in the Fort.

Our deepest condolences to Officer Jobbers-Miller’s family and the entire Fort Myers Police Department.