Crestview Police Department

  • Agency: Crestview Police Department
  • Address: 201 Stillwell Blvd, Crestview, 32536 FL
  • Chief: Brian Mitchell (Chief of Police)
Phone: 850-682-3544
Fax: (850) 682-2080

Crestview Police Department is located at 201 Stillwell Blvd, Crestview, 32536 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Brian Mitchell. The Crestview Police Department phone number is 850-682-3544.

Crestview Police Department News

UPDATED: APPLYING THE GOLDEN RULE When a pair of Crestview Police officers were dispatched to Main Street South at State Road 85 for a citizen welfare check, they encountered a homeless man sitting by the road. The man appeared to be in a weakened condition. “He mentioned he hadn't eaten for a long time and Corey and Christina handled that,” fellow Officer Nate Marlar said of his colleagues, Officers Corey Newcomb and Cristina Dawson. The officers picked up a to-go order of food from a nearby eatery and returned to give it to the man, then remained with him a few minutes to make sure he was OK. “A concerned citizens had seen him and gave us a call,” Officer Newcomb said. "We talked to him and found he hadn’t eaten in a couple of days, so we got him some food from the Exxon station store.” Officer Newcomb said though he attempted to purchase the food himself, the store gave him the meal at no charge. Officer Marlar said officers try not to judge citizens they encounter by their appearances or situations. “He’s another human being,” he said. “He needed a hand. That’s how we roll at CPD.”

COFFEE WITH A COP PROVIDES FORUM FOR EXCHANGING IDEAS WITH C.P.D. Residents enjoyed coffee and conversation with Police Chief Tony Taylor and some of his officers yesterday morning during Coffee With a Cop at Casbah Coffee Company. Topics including traffic, safety and even the new Food From the Fuzz program that has generated interest throughout the country were raised. Many thanks to our hosts Tracy and Bill and all the folks at Casbah, and to members of the Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni who joined us.

Chief Tony Taylor, some of our officers and CCPAA members are here at Casbah Coffee this morning until 10 am. Come share a free cup of Brazilian medium roast and and let us know what’s on your mind.

SCAMS: THEY'RE BAAAACK The Publisher's Clearing House scam is back in the area, joining the IRS scam and the Gulf Power scam in irritating some residents and bilking the unwary. A Crestview woman notified the Crestview Police Department Tuesday morning that she had received a call purporting to be from Publisher's Clearing House informing her she won a jackpot of millions of dollars and a new Mercedes-Benz. All she had to do was pay a $700 "processing fee," she was told. Luckily, unlike a local victim several years ago, she recognized a scam as soon as she was told she had to pay money to get her prizes. "If anyone asks for money, it's a scam," Crestview Police officer Cristina Dawson said. "Hang up." Later Monday morning, a Crestview resident warned via a Facebook message that she had received a call from someone pretending to be the IRA demanding immediate payment for supposedly delinquent taxes. "I just hung up on 'em," the resident stated in her post. In the Gulf Power scam, which resurfaced a couple weeks ago, residents receive phone calls informing them their power will be cut if they don't pay a delinquent bill immediately by buying a cash card. Gulf Power stressed the utility never calls customers to demand payment. All delinquent account notices are sent by mail, usually in the customer's monthly bill. "There are all kinds of people trying to fool you out of your money," Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor said. "If an offer or a lottery or sweepstakes winning sounds too good to be true, it isn't. Never send anyone money over the phone."

GOOD DRIVERS REWARDED WITH FREE PIZZA! The Crestview Police Department’s Food From the Fuzz program will soon be rewarding good, safe driving practices with a certificate for a free Papa Murphy’s “FAVES” pizza. The program, which has not yet been implemented, has generated excitement and online discussion, not just in the community, but in social media posts from as far away as Seattle all the way to Maine. While motorist participation in the program as originally envisioned was completely voluntary, to address some concerns the department had received, the CPD Community Services division is tweaking Food From the Fuzz so the agency will present the reward for good driving — a certificate good for a Papa Murphy’s FAVES pizza — without pulling the driver over. “Programs like ours have been done by police departments all over the country without issue, and also in other countries,” Chief Tony Taylor said. “The program was developed purely to reward good driving. These courteous, civic-minded citizens make a significant, positive contribution to the safety of our community.” Chief Taylor noted that some social media posts, overwhelmingly from out-of-town writers, perverted the program’s intent to appear as if the Police Department was finding a means to conduct vehicle searches for everything from illicit narcotics to smuggled aliens. “There have been those who have posted irresponsible comments, trying to put a negative spin on a positive initiative,” the chief said. “It’s easy to jump on social media when there are no consequences for manufacturing conspiracy theories. “There is absolutely no plan to violate anyone’s rights,” Chief Taylor continued. “Our intent is only to reward good driving. There is no hidden agenda or motive.” Chief Taylor and members of his command staff noted many police interactions with local residents can result in negative consequences, such as a traffic citation or an arrest, but opportunities to reward good behavior are infrequent. “While there are plenty of statutes to address wrongdoing, there’s no statute that let’s us reward citizens for doing good,” Chief Taylor said. So if a motorist is observed driving well, the pizza will still be forthcoming, but not by being pulled over. The blue lights in the rearview mirror are reserved for bad drivers, Chief Taylor said. “Fear not,” he said. “If you’re pulled over in Crestview, you will not be getting a free pizza. It’s because you’re driving poorly and you might get a ticket instead.” Photo: Crestview Police Community Services officer Sam Kimmons stands for duty, honor, courage, integrity…and pizza! Under the new Food From the Fuzz program he initiated, motorists who are observed practicing good driving skills will be rewarded not with the Mini Murph pizza he is displaying, but a certificate for a full-sized Papa Murphy’s FAVES pizza.

What's on your mind? Concerns? Compliments? Suggestions? Come share them with Chief Tony Taylor and some of his officers at tomorrow's COFFEE WITH A COP, 8-10 a.m. at Casbah Coffee Company, 196 Pine Ave. W. (a block off Main Street near the courthouse). The coffee's free and so is the conversation. See you there!

Attendees at Tuesday's Citizens Police Academy learned about the functions and importance of our Dispatch Center, then were visited by K9 Division Officers Jay Seals and his partner, Sonic. Sonic demonstrated his olfactory prowess in the vehicle bay by making a beeline straight to the bumper of the SWAT team's rescue vehicle, where a simulated narcotic had been concealed. Sonic "alerted" by sitting down and staring at the source of the odor. The class concluded with a presentation on the Criminal Investigators Division's duties by Investigator Ralph Garrett. Citizens Police Academy meets every Tuesday evening through April.

Chief Taylor is live now on CVCTV’s inaugural edition of Hub and Friends.

Greetings from the set of “Hub and Friends” coming live on CVCTV from Hub City Smokehouse and Grill. Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor will be on shortly to talk about new data that confirms crime is dropping in the county seat. Jerry Melvin is the program’s host.

COFFEE WITH A COP, WEDNESDAY, 21 FEB. Caffeine and conversation with Chief Tony Taylor and and some of his Crestview Police officers are waiting at Casbah Coffee Company during the upcoming Feb. 21 Coffee With a Cop. The event, held every even-numbered month, is an opportunity to meet with the police chief and some of his officers in a casual, informal atmosphere, Community Services Officer Wanda Hulion, one of the program’s coordinators, said. “It’s conveniently located downtown, and it gives us a chance to meet with citizens in a casual setting,” she said. That’s one of Coffee With a Cop’s strongest attractions, Police Chief Tony Taylor said. “People sometimes feel a little intimidated coming to see us at the Police Department,” Taylor said. “This is another way for us to reach out to the community, to be out in the community, and carry on conversations in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.” “We find we get a lot more interaction when we’re just out in public,” Ofc. Hulion’s partner, Officer Sam Kimmon, said. Taylor said the Community Services program, which started about four years ago, allows people the opportunity to discuss any topic of concern, offer praise or just get to know their police officers in an informal setting over a free cup of java. “Grab a cup of coffee, sit down and share what’s on your mind with us,” Taylor said.

WORLD'S FINEST FOR CRESTVIEW'S FINEST Just like nobody can resist Girl Scouts with cookies, it's impossible to resist a sweet Bob Sikes Elementary School safety patrol member when she called at the Police Department selling World's Finest Chocolates yesterday afternoon. Among officers who bought chockies are Sergeants Al Humphrey and Ray Harp, Investigator Ralph Garrett, Community Services Officer Wanda Hulion, and Investigator Travis Robinson.

Students enjoy a spin in the Crestview Police Department's parade Humvee during the 2017 Police Youth Academy.

Watch out, bad guys! Our new K9 unit composed of Officers Kody and Nate Marlar is back from the K9 academy, trained, certified, out on patrol and ready to stop some bad guys!

A resident contacted us about her missing pooch. If you see this cute little lady, please call the number on the flier.

GULF POWER "OVERDUE BILL" SCAM RETURNS The Crestview Police Department has received multiple calls from residents who have received phone calls purporting to be from a Gulf Power representative saying their payments to the electric utility are overdue. The callers often threaten to cut off the recipient’s power if payment is not immediately forthcoming. One business owner has already fallen victim to the scam, Officer Cristina Dawson said. She did not state how much money the victim lost in the scam. “People need to know Gulf Power isn’t going to phone them and demand immediate payment,” she said. While many residents recognize this as a scam, some vulnerable residents, including the elderly and people whose first language is not English, may fall victim to the scam. Calls reported to the Police Department include the caller demanding the resident purchase a prepaid credit card and then call back with the card number. The scammer then immediately drains the funds. Crestview Police Dispatcher Petra Johnson-Luke said some callers to the Police Department have reported the scammer asks them to purchase their cards at Publix supermarkets. “We never call and tell somebody we’re going to disconnect their service,” Gulf Power spokesman Rick DelaHaya said. “And we never ask people for a prepaid credit card. Customers that have a delinquent account will receive an advance notice of disconnection and it’s included with their monthly bill.” With the spate of recent cold weather, the time is ripe for scammers to call, he said. “It tends to happen during cold peaks, hot peaks and during the holidays,” Mr. DelaHaya said. “We’ve had the two biggest cold peaks we’ve had in the company’s history in January.” Mr. DelaHaya said Gulf Power representatives always carry company identification badges when they come to a customer’s house, and most of those visits are service-related. “We’ll never solicit personal information over the phone, and we’ll never send any type of email threatening to cut off their power, and above all, we will never send a representative to their house” to collect overdue payments, he said. Scam phone calls to businesses often happen during a peak period, such a lunchtime for a restaurant, Mr. DelaHaya said, when the proprietor is busy and his attention is on serving his customers. “They also tend to scam businesses whose owners’ first language isn’t English,” he said. “A lot of people fall prey to that.” Gulf Power provides these indications of potential scam calls on its website: • Threat to disconnect: Scammers may aggressively tell the customer his or her utility bill is past due and service will be disconnected if a payment is not made – usually within less than an hour. • Request for immediate payment: Scammers may instruct the customer to purchase a prepaid card – widely available at retail stores – then call them back supposedly to make a bill payment to his or her utility company. • Request for prepaid card: When the customer calls back, the caller asks the customer for the prepaid card’s number, which grants the scammer instant access to the card’s funds, and the victim’s money is gone. Customers who suspect that they have been victims of fraud, or who feel threatened during contact with one of these scammers, should contact local law enforcement authorities.

One of our officers recently experienced the tragic loss of his beloved wife. To help him with expenses, some of his fellow officers and Precision Tactical, a local firearms store, have teamed up to raffle off the custom, one-of-a-kind Glock pistol shown on this flier. Every last penny raised through this raffle goes to our buddy. The store donated the gun. To buy raffle tickets, contact Sgt. Lucas Kraus at 305.7016 or Officer Cristina Dawson, 305.7609. They will gladly meet you at the Police Department or a location of your choosing. Please note that this is not a program of the Crestview Police Department or the City of Crestview.

The Crestview Citizens Police Academy is off and running! After a welcome by Community Services officer Wanda Hulion, Police Chief Tony Taylor greeted the participants and provided an outline of the Police Department's structure, budgeting, services and divisions. Next week's topics are the Dispatch Center, K9 Division and Criminal Investigations Division.

CRESTVIEW POLICE CHIEF SUPPORTS EXPEDITED PERMITS FOR MILITARY, VETERANS If there’s one thing about which Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor is adamant, it’s the right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms. So it was music to his ears when Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced Jan. 30 that his office was expediting the concealed weapons permit applications of 100,000 veterans and active duty members of the military. “My officers and I are strong Second Amendment supporters,” Chief Taylor said. “We unequivocally support a citizen’s right to own and lawfully use firearms, especially when they’re as well-trained in firearms use as our military members.” According to a media release, Commissioner Putnam moved to expedite processing the licenses in the wake of a July 2015 attacks against military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which a Navy sailor and four Marines were killed and another Marine and a police officer were wounded. The shooter was killed by police in a gunfight at a Navy recruiting center he had attacked. Then-FBI Director James B. Comey said the shooter was “motivated by foreign terrorist organization propaganda.” “Florida should be the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the country,” Commissioner Putnam said. “I'm proud that we have expedited 100,000 concealed weapon license applications for our active military members and veterans.” Chief Taylor, whose personal firearms collection includes a Soviet World War II rifle, said the U.S. is unique among nations in that a citizen’s right to have firearms is protected by the country’s constitution and it’s his sworn duty, and that of his officers, to protect that right and all constitutional rights. “We will not do or support or participate in anything that diminishes a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms,” he said. “This is one of our precious freedoms and we’re going to make sure nobody tries to take it from you.”

Hmmm...we need to look into this program to protect our citizens from harmful GMOs in their dope.

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There was lunchtime wait staff with guns at the Crestview McAlister’s Deli Monday, and at the end of the three-hour shift, a trio of Crestview Police officers participating in a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser earned nearly $500 for Special Olympics Florida. Customers kept Officers Wanda Hulion, Sam Kimmons and Terry Mace busy cleaning tables, fetching drink refills and napkins, and occasionally assisting McAlister’s professional waitstaff in carrying large orders to tables. “I don’t mind at all,” Ofc. Hulion, who had come in on her day off to raise money for Special Olympics, said as she brought customer Kathy Herzog extra napkins. “What excellent service,” Mrs. Herzog deadpanned as she presented Ofc. Hulion a $5 bill in exchange for the napkins. “Special Olympics is such a great cause so this was a good excuse to come here for lunch.” For Officers Kimmons and Mace, the busy environment of a workday lunch crowd at the popular new restaurant provided a taste of what waitstaff at eateries throughout town have to content with. “It gets hot back there!” Ofc. Kimmons said as he and Mace emerged from the kitchen after cleaning a batch of dishes and trays they’d whisked off of tables. “They’re working out OK,” McAlister’s general manager Kat Gonzalez said of her temporary waitstaff in blue. “We’re glad to be part of this.” Outside in the parking lot, customers got to check out the Police Department’s rescue vehicle, joined by McAlister’s staff members who, their ranks temporarily supplemented by the police officers, grabbed a few minutes to look over — and climb inside — the mammoth truck. At the end of the three-hour shift, the officers had received $470 in tips, while volunteers with the Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni organization sold Special Olympics T-shirts and ball caps at a table near the entrance.