Two police officers win service awards

April 23, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

A patrolman from Annapolis and a Baltimore officer were the winners at the 42nd annual Baltimore Sun Police Officer of the Year awards ceremony yesterday at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Edgar A. Allen II of the Baltimore Police Department was named Police Officer of the Year, and Patrolman Eric E. Crane of the Annapolis Police Department won the community service award.

Allen, 29, a nine-year veteran of the force, works as an undercover narcotics officer. He was nominated by Maj. George L. Klein.

"He loves what he does and he puts his heart in it," said his wife, Elaine. They met at the police academy and have been married for eight years.

"God makes me a great police officer," said Allen. "It is a lot of hours, but my wife puts up with it."

Crane, 33, a former Capitol Police officer who joined the Annapolis force four years ago, organized a Neighborhood Block Watch Captain's Certification program. He also assembled the Annapolis Police Explorers program and is active in several area school programs for at-risk youth. He was nominated by Lt. Robert Beans.

"I don't have any special qualities," said Crane. "I am just being myself."

Police agencies from across Maryland were invited to submit nominees for the two awards. The winners, chosen from 84 nominees by an independent, three-judge panel, received an engraved crystal cup and $1,500.

The judges were Stephen A. Bocian, chief of the Criminal and Justice Division of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration of Maryland; Barbara Allison, judicial assistant to Chief Judge Martha F. Rasin of Maryland's District Court, and Benjamin Wright, professor in the department of criminal justice at the University of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 4/23/99

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