Letter From the Sheriff

Welcome to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office web site! On behalf of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, I am pleased to present our official web page. In these fast paced days of change, we consider this our latest effort to keep up with new and improved technology. We have attempted to feature many different areas of the Sheriff’s Office. As you explore our site, it is our sincere wish that we will be able to provide you with answers to frequently asked questions or contact information for our employees, as well as other agencies and offices. I was elected to the Office of Sheriff in November of 1996, and took office in January 1997. I am currently serving my fourth term. It is my desire, and the desire of all the men and women at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, to promote public safety and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Walker County. Thank you for visiting our site; I hope you’ll come back often. Sheriff Steve Wilson

News Updates:

Operation Watchful Eye

Operation Watchful Eye 

The first official duty of Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, President of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, was to propose a coordinated effort involving all sheriffs’ offices across the state to conduct residence verifications and compliance checks of registered sex offenders during a specific time frame. Operation Watchful Eye was born.

Two hundred and twenty-one registered sex offenders were arrested across the state during the week of October 26 – 31 for violations of state registration laws, thanks to our Georgia sheriffs.  

The Office of Sheriff is mandated by law to register sex offenders, and to keep the public informed of where registered sex offenders reside, work and attend school. Throughout the year each sheriff’s office verifies addresses provided by registered sex offenders.  

While conducting residence verifications, deputies also check for compliance with additional registration requirements which may result in arrests. Prior to this initiative, there has not been a coordinated effort encompassing the resources of all sheriffs’ offices in order to illustrate to the public and offenders that this critical mission is being accomplished. 

“We hope this statewide initiative created awareness that sheriffs’ offices work collectively, network, and actively engage their office by participating in statewide verification checks and other non-compliant matters, in order to make our state safer and showcase the excellent work of our sheriff’s offices,” stated Sheriff Wilson. 

Preliminary reporting by 86 sheriffs reveals a total of 11,982 registered sex offenders, 224  predators, and 145 homeless sex offenders  currently living in their counties.  Throughout the six-day operation, 8,045 residence verifications were conducted and 153 new warrants were issued for violations of the sex offender registry law. Thirty-nine counties reported that 68 sex offenders moved into their county during the week.  

Other agencies such as the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) and U.S. Marshals volunteered to assist counties in this initiative.  The DCS reported 3,994 compliance checks were conducted on registered sex offenders who are under probation or parole supervision. 

In numerous counties, deputies and probation/parole officers worked together to verify sex offenders are in compliance with the law. 

During the checks, DSC reported 28 firearms seized, 27 other weapons seized, 31 cases of illegal drugs found, 36 sexually explicit items confiscated, and over 800 sexually related images located. 

Remember, for the protection of your family and neighbors, visit your local sheriff’s office website or visit the http://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry for more information on the whereabouts of registered sex offenders in your community.  

Suppport Sheriffs’ Youth Homes – Georgia Gives Day

From midnight to midnight November 12, 2015 is a special day that can impact Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes significantly.  Known as Georgia Gives Day, this online donation event was founded three years ago.  

People across the state are encouraged to visit GAgivesday.org  and “Click if You Care” to help support the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes . 

Did you know that the average person clicks 457 times per day on their computer?  What if just ONE click made a difference in the life of one youngster?  

Join the sheriffs of Georgia in giving a loving safe home to abandoned and neglected children.  Hear from the very mouths of residents at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes just how very important this organization really is! 

“I absolutely love it here and honestly, I don’t ever want to move. It almost makes me cry thinking of the kindness I’ve seen. I just want to THANK the Sheriffs and those who donate to keep Herrington Homestead going because I honestly don’t know how my life would be without this place.”  Eric, 16 year old from Herrington Homestead

 “I never believed I would graduate, or–better yet–go to college. I never believed in myself, but I have discovered a new person within. All of the support the home has given to me at Cherokee has made a great impact in my life.”  Veronica, a 19 year old nursing student and resident at Cherokee Estate 

It was like the Ranch just handed you endless opportunity with education on a platter and said, ‘Be what you want to be. The sky is the limit’. Then gave you life, a home, a family, and all that goes with it…and literally encouraged you to go and make your dreams come true.”  Dr. Paul Jones, former resident of the Boys Ranch 

Serving hundreds of children in the residential care programs on the campuses of the Boys Ranch, Cherokee Estate, Mountain View, Herrington Homestead, and Pineland, this non-profit organization is responsible for lives. Real lives! 

Each campus provides homes, actual family-oriented, united homes that include academics, extracurricular activities, sports, church, projects and more. From utility bills to bars of soap, clothes to tuition fees, healthcare to Christmas dinners, there are a lot of responsibilities in operating facilities like these. 

We rely on donations and people who care to keep the doors open. Please hear your heart and take part! 

People across the state are encouraged to visit GAgivesday.org and “Click if You Care” to help support the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and be a part in supporting your communities while bringing awareness to the cause. 

Georgia Gives Day is a unique, all-online fundraising initiative built for nonprofits and we hope that you will helps us spread the word and push this essential day: November 12, 2015 from Midnight to Midnight. It’s just one click of the button.


Georgia Bureau Of Investigation Warns of Scam

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that its main phone line, 404-244-2600, has been compromised as a result of phone spoofing.

When a phone number is spoofed, the caller ID of the caller will look like the call is coming from a valid number.  In the case of the GBI, the GBI main number will appear.  Scam callers have said they are collecting a debt for the IRS and an arrest warrant would be issued if the person did not pay.

The GBI stresses that they do not contact people for debt collection.  If a person is called by someone claiming to be with the GBI, they are urged not to conduct any business or give out credit card information over the phone.


Effective July 1st, 2015, fireworks can be used between the hours of 10:00 AM and midnight. There are ONLY four dates during the year when fireworks can be used between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 AM the next date: January 1st, July 3rd, July 4th and December 31st. (HB 110 – Fireworks)