More community engagement, transparency among new police chief’s plans

Tony Taylor

Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor stands next to a Crestview Police patrol car. Taylor officially started work on Monday.

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 14:07 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Gaining more resident feedback and fostering greater transparency are among Tony Taylor's plans as the Hub City's new police chief, he said during a visit to the Crestview News Bulletin office.

"We will put the bad things in the rearview mirror and move forward," he said, referencing turmoil that surrounded the police department following the termination of former Chief Brian Mitchell and Maj. Joseph Floyd. The terminations followed a state attorney's office investigation on racketeering charges.

"For us to move forward, especially with what was going on .... we need to reach out to the community," Taylor said.

One way to do that, he said, is by opening communication to residents, inviting them to stop by the station to talk with him. Additionally, he wants to set up regular town hall meetings to allow for greater transparency. 

"In order for us to be successful, we have to be in cooperation with the community," he said.

"I'm looking forward to jumping in with both feet and getting involved."

Taylor, who said he was surprised by the department’s growth in 20 years, plans to set the bar high.

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