As of 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020, Putnam County’s Sheriff DeLoach took over law enforcement responsibilities in the City of Crescent City and all Crescent City Police Department (CCPD) duties were ceased until further notice.
Crescent City is actively searching for a new Chief of Police. Pending the search, the City Manager had received verbal reports of concerns with training records and irregularities at CCPD. Based on these reports and the lack of oversight of a Chief of Police in the City’s small department, the City’s attorneys have recommended that the City request an immediate independent audit of department training and certification records and an investigation into any other irregularities that have been reported or may become necessary.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has agreed to audit CCPD certification and training records to assure compliance with all Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC) standards. Due to the CCPD’s small size (5 officers) an independent law enforcement agency has agreed to conduct any necessary investigations.
All CCPD personnel have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the review. This action is being taken to assure integrity in the City’s law enforcement services and is not a disciplinary act against any CCPD personnel.
The City of Crescent City appreciates Sheriff DeLoach’s assistance in coordinating the audits and investigating agencies as well as providing necessary law enforcement services pending the review.