WCSO prepares for new school year with Operation Blue Bird

Photo provided by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

A keep-kids-safe initiative will soon be executed in Walton County as students kick off the new school year.

Thursday marks the start of a new school year in Walton County, the same day Operation Blue Bird goes into effect in an effort to keep kids safe.

Operation Blue Bird will run from August 10-25. According to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) , the focus is to provide school-zone safety for students embarking on the new school year.

Deputies will run radar and perform traffic enforcement in all school zones during Operation Blue Bird.

In addition, investigators in unmarked cars have been assigned to specific schools to follow school buses. Their goal is to follow the bus along its route and help enforce any traffic violations that may occur.

“These buses are responsible for transporting this county’s most precious assets,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said. “It’s our responsibility to protect them.”

The plan also calls for assistance from the WCSO Posse near South Walton High School and Emerald Coast Middle School. The DeFuniak Springs Police Department will support the WCSO on Walton Road.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will also be on hand to participate.

Message boards will be placed in the area of Paxton School, Walton High School, Freeport Elementary, Butler Elementary and Emerald Coast Middle School to begin the operation and to educate the public on the ongoing activity.

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