Chief: One accreditation requirement projected for summer’s end

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

Earning the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s approval — and its related benefits — requires the Crestview PD to meet several standards that include updating its policy manual.

Accreditation would allow the Crestview PD to join the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, a non-profit corporation in which hundreds of state law-enforcement agencies can network and share strategies and resources.

The accreditation process is slow, but Taylor said he wants all departmental policies updated by summer’s end. The former Fort Walton Beach police officer will use that city’s handbook as a model.

An earlier phase, updating the department’s organizational chart, resulted in designating specific responsibilities for each of the five lieutenants. For example, Lt. Andrew Schneider oversees the agency’s training and special operations, while Lt. Eddie Lehneis oversees criminal investigations.

A new promotions policy requires applicants to have more education; time in the agency; law enforcement experience; and training before receiving consideration. It replaces a procedure that simply required submitting a resume or having a supervisor’s appointment.

A planned procedural change in employee evaluations will help the department determine,  with a glance on the page, the officer’s caliber, Taylor said.

"There are things that need to be done, but we are heading in the right direction," Taylor said. "I'm going to do what I need to do to get us where we need to be."

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