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Posted on: June 8, 2020

St. Augustine Police Chief briefs City Commission on status of the department


Body cameras, response to resistance, and upcoming accreditation

At the City Commission meeting on Monday, June 8, St. Augustine Police Chief Barry Fox provided an update on the current status of key issues initiatives in place at the Police Department.

  • Body cameras
    • The issue of body cameras is a continuing, rapidly evolving conversation
    • The Chief, Officers, and staff are in communication with community leaders regarding this issue
    • The department is in the process of researching associated purchasing and maintenance costs of the cameras
  • Response to Resistance Policy
    • Extensive training is provided to all officers, including escalation, de-escalation, and disengagement tactics, as well as proper use of weapons training
    • Policy states that officers should use the least amount of force necessary to resolve a situation
    • All officers receive thorough training on the strategies outlined in this policy
    • The City Police Department does not teach, train, and/or or endorse the use of neck restraints in non-lethal encounters
  • Accreditation
    • Accreditation Officer, Jennifer Smalls, was hired February 2019
    • Started accreditation process December 17, 2019
    • Goal to be accredited by February 2021 has been delayed to June 2021 due to COVID-19
    • Have reviewed and updated policies to make sure they are in line with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA)

The St. Augustine Police Department Response to Resistance Policy can be found at

Questions may be directed to Dee Brown, Public Information Officer, at 904.209.3465 or

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