Chief: One accreditation requirement projected for summer’s end

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Since becoming Crestview’s police chief last October, Tony Taylor has implemented departmental changes to bring compliance with state standards and investigative benefits for the north county office.

Increased public presence

Currently, the department awaits cost estimates for moving its P.J. Adams Parkway dispatch communications center to the Stillwell Avenue administrative office.

Earlier this year, Taylor extended the administrative office’s hours. A 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-through-Friday schedule meant Friday was a regular office day again, but that was just a preview of what could come. Taylor wants the office open 24-7, and consolidating the communications and administrative offices purportedly is one way to do that.

"The police department is supposed to be the safe haven in the community," he said, indicating that having just a dispatch call box available after business hours undercuts that purpose.

Additionally, Taylor said he and the Crestview Fire Department would collaborate on a public safety academy that would teach residents how law enforcement and emergency crews work effectively.  

Achieving accreditation

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