CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Police Department plans to withdraw from the reaccreditation process that recognizes it as having among the highest standards in law enforcement in Florida.
The department achieved accreditation for the first time in October 2016 under the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
Only Crestview and Gulf Breeze hold the distinction among cities in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. All three of the county sheriff’s offices are accredited.
Crestview Police Department officials said the change in the city’s form of government from a weak-mayor system to a council-manager system led to the agency dropping its reaccreditation efforts. Voters approved the city’s change in government in the August 2018 election.
City Manager Tim Bolduc said he met with former Mayor David Cadle and Police Chief Jamie Grant and they decided to withdraw from the process. Bolduc said it will give him time to evaluate the agency, its procedures and how it will integrate with the city’s new policies being written.
“As the city goes through the transition to the new form of government, policies are being rewritten to reflect the changes,” Bolduc said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement accredits law enforcement policies, procedures, operational standards, staffing, equipment and related standards every three years.
Crestview Police Department was preparing for the reaccreditation process. Its tenure as a state accredited agency ends in October.