CPD on road to accreditation

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Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor, right, discusses his plans for the agency with chamber of commerce Government Issues committee members Muncelle Mitchell and Craig Yort.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — What he calls his “observation and evaluation phase” almost complete, Police Chief Tony Taylor, who took office in October, is preparing to implement procedural and structural changes he believes will make the agency more responsive to Hub City residents’ needs and simultaneously will prepare the force for accreditation.

“It’s not just going in and making a few modifications,” Taylor told the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues Committee at its Nov. 14 meeting. “It’s making cultural changes from the ground up.”

Planned changes include implementing a new command structure to replace the current organizational chart that dates from 1997, and practically rewriting the department’s policy manual, some parts of which stem from the 1980s, Taylor said.

“The policy manual is going to be an integral part of changing the culture of the Crestview Police Department,” Taylor said.

Taylor plans to implement benchmarks for assessors from the independent Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation as it evaluates the department once it applies for accreditation, he said.

“Accreditation professionalizes the agency and makes it more respected,” Taylor said. “It’s a lot of work.”

Taylor is no stranger to conducting a law enforcement agency through the accreditation process. While a senior officer at the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, he implemented new standards and procedures leading to the department’s accreditation.

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