Friday’s Heroes – Police Officer Dave Crawford

Dave Crawford


Police Officer David Crawford

I’ve met many dedicated police officers who go above and beyond what’s expected of them. They’ll take a bullet for their partner, if necessary. They’ll take one for you, too, if that’s what it takes to keep you safe. But, that’s what makes a police officer who he/she is.

I’ve been there. I know what they go through, and there aren’t enough words to make you understand the life, the joy, the compassion, and the pain that it takes to put on a uniform and head out into the night wondering if you’ll come home at the end of your shift.

But, even in an occupation where everyone is a champion, there’s always one or two who stand out in the crowd. You’ve already met two of those officers who dedicated their lives to helping others, Sgt. John Howsden and Lt. Dave Swords.  Today, I’d like you to meet Public Affairs Officer Dave Crawford of the Hamilton Ohio Police Department. Dave is a wonderful friend who has gone way out of his way to help writers get their facts straight, me included.

Officer Dave Crawford:

In 1982, Dave Crawford attended the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy. After graduation he worked as a Special Deputy for the sheriff’s office for a year as a Road Patrol deputy, and in the Jail Division. A year later he was offered a job with the Miami University Police Department, but turned down the post, deciding instead, to accept a position with the Hamilton Ohio Police Department.

Officer Crawford attended the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, and was already a certified police officer when he was hired by the Hamilton Police Department. He was sworn in as a police officer with HPD on March 17, 1984.

Dave has worked in several areas within the Hamilton Police Department, including the Patrol Division, Traffic Division, as a Court Officer, Desk Officer and, as a member of the Honor Guard Unit. His current position, Public Information Officer/Crime Prevention Officer, is in the Public Affairs Section of the police department, which entails a multitude of assignments.

Training is on-going and necessary for law enforcement personnel, and Officer Crawford has gone above and beyond what’s expected of the average police officer. He continues to attend a variety of schools and conferences such as, training in traffic investigation, jail security,  and basic crime prevention, and advanced crime prevention through environmental design. He also passed an exam that certified him as a crime prevention specialist, a certification he still maintains.

Officer Crawford serves as Project Manager of the Carruthers Police Plaza, in charge of phase two of an improvement project consisting of new landscaping, security lighting, awnings at all entranceways, and a search of Hamilton Police Department’s history that resulted a wonderful display of historical photographs and portraits throughout the department.

Officer Crawford is a member and board member  of many local civic originations. He’s also a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, National Public Officers Information Association, International Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Association, and MADD.

Dave proudly serves as a member of the board of directors for ,  MADD of Southwestern Ohio Affiliate, Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., Visitors and Convention Center, Accent Hamilton, Open Door Food Pantry Board Member, Dayton Lane Historical Society, Safe Kids Coalition, FOP Lodge 38, Washington Lodge Masons, and the High Twelve Club.

A word from Officer Dave Crawford:

I would like to pay homage to Lee Lofland for permitting me to assist him with the technical advice and photography for his book Police Procedure and Investigation, A Guide For Writers, and for his upcoming children’s book Everything Kids: I Want To Be A Police Officer that he’s co-writing with Becky Levine.

In addition, I would like to reflect the authority of all of my endeavors by Chief Neil R. Ferdelman and Captain Steve Poulemanos and Joe Murray who have extended their trust and knowledge for the projects and assignments they’ve assigned to me. Without their support, I would not have had the opportunity to oversee such great projects and accomplishments.

I continue to receive updated training for my field of crime prevention/media schools. I thrive on the various projects assigned to me. I enjoyed assisting you with your book on police procedure an the forthcoming book for kids. I was in a film (B Rated), I made world news for a news story in Readers Digest, and many endless improvements to the department, etc. I was also awarded employee of the month, MADD’s Top Cop Award, along with many other certificates of dedication and appreciation. I am in the process of becoming a certified Crime Prevention Specialist in Environmental Design.

I am married for 26 years to my wife Julie, and we have two children, Sarah and Tom and our four dogs.

My biggest hobby is collecting police lapel pins throughout the world and police related memorabilia.

* Note from The Graveyard Shift: I won’t be around until later this afternoon because I’m on my way to speak at the Scene of the Crime Conference in Wichita, Kansas. The conference begins tonight with a murder for the attendees to solve. Yep, there’s a body waiting somewhere in the hotel for the anxious conference-goers. The person who solves the crime wins a cool prize. This is a fun conference that’s a must for anyone interested in learning about real-life police procedure and CSI. The faculty is made up of nearly all law enforcement experts. This year’s keynote speaker is Katherine Ramsland.

While I’m away, please feel free to post your comments for Officer Crawford. He has a busy day planned, but maybe he’ll find a moment or two to stop in.

By the way, I have some pretty exciting guest bloggers lined up for rest of the month – literary agents, a publisher, police experts, writing professionals, etc. Ben LeRoy, publisher with Bleak House Books, is joining us on Monday.

10 replies
  1. crawford
    crawford says:

    I hope I have answered all of your questions. When Lee posted this blog on the site, I left on the country on vacation. When I returned, I left again for a conference. I apologize for the delayed answers to all of your questions. I am somewhat caught up but Lee is keeping me busy again however, I don’t mind. These writers/authors are always asking for more and more. Just kidding, Lee.



  2. crawford
    crawford says:

    Dear Lee,

    It was a pleasure once again to see you in Hamilton and spending time with you for two fun-filled, full days. I always look for challenges, I enjoy working with you on these books. I am always available to you in your endeavers. This new book will be interesting reading. Its about 1:00 a.m. and I am calling it a day. I will talk with you soon.


  3. crawford
    crawford says:

    Dear Ramona,

    As I posted to Joyce to the name of the movie, it has not been released or titled.

    The Readers Digest story was where a 6 year-old child escaped from a daycare from an adjoining city, walked down a four lane busy state route, entered into our city, wondered up to a resale store, borrowed a battery powered toy vehicle and drove into the busy street. A motorist called us, we responded, located the child safe, returned the toy car. We notified the mother and daycare facility and never even knew he had escaped.

    I have over 100 lapel pins from all over the world. I enjoy the hobby because it can palce them into a shoe box if I want. I would guess my most cherished pin was when President Bush signed the Bill of No Child Left Behind in Hamilton and I received a secret service pin allowing me access in the secure area. I also have quite a few of pins of officers who were killed in the line of duty that reminds me that they upheld the law to protect others during their tour of duty.



  4. crawford
    crawford says:

    Dear Joyce,

    The Hamilton Police Department employs around 170 employees sworn, special police officers, correction officers, and cililvan personnel. The “B” rated movie has not been released nor does the name of the movie has been approved at this time. When I tell you it does not rank up there with the Silence of the Lambs, Striking Distance or Hoffa. I never heard of the actors or actresses in the movie. I have heard of the director of the film though.



  5. crawford
    crawford says:

    Dear Carla,

    I have been out of the country and just now back with a little spare time. I just meet with Lee for the past two days and assisted him with some research, photography, and interviews. If you don’t know, he is writing another book…busy guy! To answer your question, I would contact your local law enforcement agency and check with them about a volunteer program (VIPS), citizens’ on patrol, neighborhood watch, or suggest or recommend new programs to them.



  6. Joyce Tremel
    Joyce Tremel says:

    One reason why I haven’t been on a plane since 1980.

    Vampires, huh? Could be worse. Until about 20 years ago, Pittsburgh’s claim to fame was “Night of the Living Dead.”

  7. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Hi Guys. Sorry I wasn’t around yesterday, but I spent the entire day attempting to get to Witchita from Boston. What is normally a four hour hop, skip, and jump took forever. Apparantly, weather problems in Green Bay have a direct affect on what time a plane takes off in St. Paul.

    I blame ths steady stream of 30 minute delays on literary agent Jim McCarthy. He and I were on the same flight, and by his own admission, claims to have to worst luck ever when traveling. At least the delays gave us the chance to discuss the latest books while we sat in the floor at our gate watching our departure time get pushed further and further ahead.

    We finally made it to the conference last night just in time to do nothing.

    Anyway, it seems that Officer Crawford slipped out of the country on us yesterday before he could respond to your comments. When he returns next week I’ll try and have him back. Dave’s a really busy guy.

    Joyce – I think Dave’s movie involved vampires. Seriously.

  8. ramona
    ramona says:

    Hi there, Officer Crawford. What an impressive list of achievements. No wonder Lee likes you.

    Like Joyce, I’m the curious type. What movie? What Reader’s Digest story? You can’t just tease us with these things, you know.

    Also, how many police lapel pins are in your collection? What is the most exotic one?

    I’ll stop now.

  9. Joyce Tremel
    Joyce Tremel says:

    Lee, that sounds like a really cool conference! I wish I’d have known about it, I might have squeezed that one into the budget.

    Dave, how big is the Hamilton PD? What was the B movie you were in? (Our chief here at Shaler PD has been in several movies–Silence of the Lambs, Striking Distance, Hoffa.)

  10. Carla F
    Carla F says:

    Officer Crawford,

    Thank you for *all* you’ve done for your community. We need more people with your tireless brand of dedication to public service. With all that you have going on and all the groups you work with, when do you sleep? 🙂

    Can you recommend something we, Joe Public, can do to assist you in your efforts?

    Thank you again!

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