City police commander quits to join Rouse Co. Colonel will set security policy for firm's U.S. holdings

November 06, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A veteran Baltimore police commander is quitting the department to become head of security for the Rouse Co., one of the nation's largest commercial real estate owners, based in Columbia.

Col. Steven A. Crumrine, a 23-year veteran and most recently commander of half the patrol division, will now set security policy for a company that runs several of the area's biggest shopping malls and popular tourist attractions in cities from Las Vegas to Boston.

Crumrine is replacing George Cosper, who left Rouse a month ago to take a job at USF&G Corp. Crumrine is scheduled to start his new job this year. A date has not been set, nor has a replacement been chosen.

The 49-year-old commander said he decided to apply for the job six weeks ago. "Rouse has been instrumental in revitalizing communities all over the country, Baltimore being one of them," he said. "An opportunity to work for that company really excited me."

David L. Tripp, vice president for corporate communications for Rouse, said the company was seeking a candidate with experience in a large city to help train officers in cultural sensitivity.

"We want professionally trained people who don't do stupid things," Tripp said, adding that Crumrine beat out other law enforcement officials, including at least one Secret Service agent.

Crumrine began his career in 1974 -- just weeks after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park -- as a patrol officer in the Central District. He became sergeant in 1983, lieutenant in 1989, major in 1991 and colonel in 1994.

The Severna Park resident, who is married and has two children, has performed a variety of jobs in the Police Department, from directing a $200 million budget as head of the fiscal division to overseeing homicide investigations as chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

He was moved out of that job in May when a rift at the top of the command chain forced Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier to split up the commanders of the Field Operations Bureau -- meaning Crumrine had to switch jobs with another colonel.

The colonel made no secret that his first love was the investigation bureau, but he stressed yesterday that the job change had nothing to do with his decision to leave the department.

"This place has been good to me," said Crumrine, who has served under five police commissioners. "I still very much enjoy the job that I'm doing." But, he added, "I just couldn't pass up" the job with Rouse.

He has three official commendations, including a bronze star for the arrest of three people charged with an assault and robbery.

In September, he was elected to head the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, which represents 200 top police executives in the state.

Crumrine will join a company with 100 office, retail and industrial projects across the nation and assets of $5.7 billion. Locally, its holdings include Harborplace, The Mall in Columbia, White Marsh Mall, Owings Mills Town Center and Mondawmin Mall.

The colonel also will direct security at Rouse's projects across the country, including Faneuil Hall in Boston, Riverwalk in New Orleans, South Street Seaport in New York and Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.

Crumrine also said the company's devotion to the city attracted him to the job.

"They want to provide a safe and secure place for people in the community to come to," he said. "But it's more than that. I think they have a genuine concern for people who live in the communities."

Pub Date: 11/06/97

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