Khaliqa Wheatley, a Sergeant employed by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), is a new member of the Board of Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).
A resident of Okaloosa County, Sgt. Wheatley, and her now 6 year-old son, came to Florida by way of the military in 2015. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Sgt. Wheatley currently works with WCSO’s Professional Standards in Continuous Improvement, as well as serving as their Recruitment Coordinator scheduling recruitment events, selecting members and marketing the Sheriff’s Office brand.
During her off time, she is a dance teacher at Southern Dance Company in Crestview teaching ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance classes and training with competition dancers. Another interesting accomplishment for Sgt. Wheatley was being featured on the A&E Network’s Live PD tv show in 2016.
“When I was working WCSO Investigations, I had the opportunity to observe the great work ECCAC has done and continues to do for the children of Okaloosa and Walton counties,” said Sgt. Wheatley. “I’m looking forward working with ECCAC, and hope to be able to bring a diverse perspective to the Board to support the mission with thoughtful, collaborative interactions.”
Chief Audie Rowell with WCSO, and immediate past president of ECCAC, commented, “Sgt. Wheatley is not only a great Law Enforcement Officer and leader, but an even better person. She will be a tremendous addition to ECCAC and instrumental in guiding the organization into the future.”
ECCAC is in its 21st year of operation with centers in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs. They have provided over 150,000 services at no cost to more than 15,000 children experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals.
For further information, visit www.eccac.org
. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.