A memorial service for former Kent Police Chief Ed Crawford will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, in Olympia at The Hope Community Church, 2425 Black Lake Blvd SW.
Crawford served as chief from 1991 to 2006 after a long career with the Washington State Patrol, where he started as a trooper in 1964 and left as a deputy chief. Kent Police, which announced the death of Crawford Nov. 28 on its Facebook page, released the service information Monday.
Crawford pioneered efforts to modernize the Kent Police Department that included, achieving National Accreditation, enhancing its Community Education Unit and having a regional presence in key areas such as Federal task forces, the Criminal Justice Training Commission, FBI National Academy and International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Then-Mayor Dan Kelleher selected Crawford as chief in 1991 to replace Rod Frederiksen, who left to become chief in Vancouver, Wash. Crawford earned a law degree from the University of Puget Sound, a master’s of public administration from Eastern Washington University in Cheney and a bachelor of arts from Fort Wright College in Spokane, which has since closed.