TOP STORIES OF 2012: Scandal rocked Crestview Police Department

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 13:45 PM.

Cadle initiated a search for a new police chief following Mitchell’s firing, but before that could even get under way police Investigator Tim White was fired for tampering with evidence and perjury.

White, who worked in the Street Crimes Unit with Floyd and was under direct supervision of Sgt. Matt Purvines, told investigators he had stolen marijuana from the department’s evidence room and used it to bolster a request for a search warrant.

White said Purvines had told him to steal the pot from the evidence room. Purvines denied the accusation and still works for the department.

Cadle announced Sept. 25 that he had hired long-time Fort Walton Beach police officer Tony Taylor to succeed Mitchell.

Taylor said he soon will announce his plan to institute programs to “change the agency culture” in Crestview.

 “We’re going to do things like seek accreditation and develop a whole new policy manual,” he said.

Taylor said he intends to review investigation records and “see what information comes out of the Floyd trial” before determining whether “residual” changes have to be made as a result of the scandal.

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