CPD on road to accreditation

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM.

“Members of the community and our police officers are full of great ideas,” Taylor said. “We need to listen to them and act on them.”

• Opening police headquarters at all hours.

“In order for us to be connected with the community, we have to be open to the community,” he said. “We have officers out there 24 hours a day, but our facility is not available 24 hours a day. …You should be able to walk into the police department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We want you to walk in whenever you have a concern.”

Taylor said his plans, including returning a revamped and retrained replacement for the disbanded Street Crimes Unit to the streets of town and expanding community policing, wouldn’t happen overnight.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day. Bear with me,” he said. “We’re going to get these things done as quickly as we can, but we’re going to do it efficiently and thoroughly.”

However, he promised, a new and invigorated — and accredited — Crestview Police Department will emerge from the restructuring.

“I can’t form partnerships with the community until my own house is in order,” Taylor said.



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