Scam Alert

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The Crestview Police Department has received information that a person posing as a Police Officer or Sheriff Deputy has been calling citizens demanding payment of penalties or violations.

It should be noted, that Law Enforcement will NEVER collect penalties, as this is handled through the clerk of courts. Additionally, Law Enforcement Officers will never ask you to provide credit card information, Western Union Money, Bank Transfer Money, or provide Money Orders.

Again, Law Enforcement Officers do not collect fines, penalties or money for any violations or infractions, this is all handled through the clerk of courts, and must be done in person unless arranged otherwise by the violator. Don’t fall victim to telephone scammers!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local law enforcement or the Crestview Police Department at: 850-682-2055.

UPDATE: Sexual Battery Arrest Made

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The Crestview Police Department has arrested Carlos Rodriguez Gantt for Sexual Battery. Gantt was a suspect in the reported incident which occurred in the early morning hours of February 22, 2015.

***PREVIOUS NEWS RELEASE***

A sexual battery was reported to the Crestview Police Department this weekend. The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and there is a person of interest.

To protect the rights and privacy of the victim, we will not release any further information until the investigation is complete.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lt. Don Fountain, 850-682-3544 ext 107.

CPD offering t-shirts and raffle tickets to support the Special Olympics today

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The CPD Community Services Unit is at Publix on S. Ferdon Blvd. today offering $12 t-shirts and $5 raffle tickets for a chance at a 7-day cruise. All proceeds from this fundraiser support the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths, abilities, skills and success through the power of sports.

Please stop by and help us support this worthy cause!

'The CPD Community Services Unit is at Publix on S. Ferdon Blvd. today offering $12 t-shirts and $5 raffle tickets for a chance at a 7-day cruise. All proceeds from this fundraiser support the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. </p><br /><br />
<p>The Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths, abilities, skills and success through the power of sports. </p><br /><br />
<p>Please stop by and help us support this worthy cause!'

Sexual Battery Investigation

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A sexual battery was reported to the Crestview Police Department this weekend. The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and there is a person of interest.

To protect the rights and privacy of the victim, we will not release any further information until the investigation is complete.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lt. Don Fountain, 850-682-3544 ext 107.

 

Join CPD in supporting the 2015 Special Olympics

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On Wednesday, February 25th, members of the Crestview Police Department will be at Publix in Crestview offering t-shirts and $5 raffle tickets for a chance at a 7-day cruise. 100% of proceeds will support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2015 Special Olympics!

All around the world, the Special Olympics has a formidable and caring legion of protectors and supporters: the law enforcement community.  The signature event of the law enforcement community’s year-round support is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. The athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

We appreciate everyone joining us in supporting this worthy cause.

Arrests Made for Methamphetamine Manufacturing

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The Crestview Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (“SET”) concluded a several week narcotics investigation with the execution of a search warrant and subsequent arrest of 44 year old Dennis Leroy Griffin, of 502 Alabama Ave. on February 11, 2015.

During the investigation, it was determined that Methamphetamine was being manufactured in his residence.

A female who was also in the residence was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on an unrelated charge.

Arrested: Dennis Leroy Griffin charged with Possession of Listed Chemicals for manufacturing, Possession of controlled substance (Xanax and Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation. Jessica Leigh Crane on an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant.

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Pedestrian Involved Accident

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The Crestview Police Department is currently investigating an accident involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, on Commerce Drive just before 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.

A juvenile student from Crestview High School was struck by a vehicle driving west bound on Commerce Drive, as the student was walking East Bound in the grassy median near the entrance road of the Crestview Library.

The juvenile sustained non-life threatening injuries, but was flown by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola as a precaution.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time, and charges may be pending the conclusion of the investigation. As this case is still under investigation, an additional news release will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.

Public Assistance Requested in Identifying Burglary Suspect

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The Crestview Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in a suspect in multiple burglaries in the Cabana Way area.

The suspect appears to be a light skinned black or Hispanic, between the ages s of 16 to 20 years old. The suspect is approximately 5’10” tall with a thin build. The suspect is depicted wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, white (possibly latex) surgical gloves, and tan or light brown hiking-style boots with black accents.

Surveillance video footage may be viewed on the CPD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CrestviewPD.

If anyone has any information or is able to identify this suspect, please contact: Investigator Temple with the Criminal Investigations Division at (850) 682-3544, Ext. 122, or via e-mail at temples@crestviewpd.org.

Please help us help your fellow citizens on taking this threat to your community off of the streets and making Crestview a safer place to live.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and support of the Crestview Police Department!

Juvenile Arrested for Overnight Vehicle Burglary

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The City of Crestview Police Department has arrested a 15 year old juvenile in connection with a vehicle burglary which occurred last night (February 01, 2015). The juvenile was observed inside a vehicle in the Redstone Ave area; when approached by witness the juvenile ran from the area but was located a short time later by Crestview Police Officers.

The juvenile was found to be in possession of several items that were believed to be stolen from other vehicles in the area.

The Crestview Police Department encourages everyone to please lock your vehicles and remove all valuables. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

The juvenile was charged with burglary to an automobile, possession of stolen property, theft, in addition to being reported as a runaway from the Holt area.

CPD Citizens Safety Academy to begin February 24th

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The Crestview Police Department’s Community Services Unit will be presenting a Citizens Safety Academy beginning February 24, 2015. Students will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the operations of the Crestview Police Department, Crestview Fire Department, Okaloosa Correctional Institute, Okaloosa County EMS, the judicial system, and more.

The Citizens Safety Academy consists of 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings (6:00PM-9:00PM) and will be held at Warriors Hall in the Crestview Police Department building at 201 Stillwell Blvd., Crestview, Florida. Topics include: Patrol Operations, Traffic & DUI Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Narcotics Investigations, Firearms Safety, a day on the firing range, and more. Classes are taught by senior Crestview Police Officers and Supervisors and other local Public Safety Professionals.

Citizens who desire to attend the Academy must be at least 17 years of age and live or work in the Crestview area (you are not required to be a city resident). There will be 25 openings for this class. There is NO COST to participate in this program.

Visit the Crestview Police Department website to download an application.

Please contact the Crestview Police Department’s Community Services Unit at (850) 682-3544 with any questions, or for more information.

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