D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier last month appointed a lieutenant who has served in the Metropolitan Police Department for 24 years as the new head of the police division that oversees the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit.
Lt. Cheryl Crawley, who most recently worked at the Sixth District Patrol Services and School Security Bureau, replaces Capt. Edward Delgado as manager of the department’s Special Liaison Division, according to police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump.
Crump said Crawley’s appointment became effective on Oct. 19.
The Special Liaison Division oversees the GLLU as well as three other special liaison units – the Latino Liaison Unit, the Asian Liaison Unit, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit.
“Lt. Crawley has 24 years of experience with the Metropolitan Police Department and brings with her great ideas and a vast knowledge of Community Policing,” said Sgt. Matt Mahl, supervisor of the GLLU, in a Nov. 3 email introducing Crawley to a list of local LGBT organizations, including the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community.
“Over the next several weeks, I will be bringing her around to meet everyone so they can put a face to the name,” Mahl said in his email. “Please give her a warm welcome.”
Crawley began her new job a little over two weeks after Lanier or one of her top assistants transferred Delgado to a new assignment with the department’s Office of Unified Communications Liaison in Southeast D.C., which oversees the 911 emergency call center.
The transfer came two months after Delgado was accused in an internal police complaint of allegedly harassing a gay male officer assigned to the GLLU by repeatedly calling him by a female name. Crump said the complaint was being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Division. She said that under police rules, no one, including Delgado, could comment on the matter.
Among Crawley’s first public appearances after being named as the new head of the Special Liaison Division was the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. awards party on Oct. 23, where she was greeted by Mayor Vincent Gray.
Crump said that Crawley’s appointment as manager of the Special Liaison Division doesn’t change Sgt. Mahl’s status as supervisor of the GLLU.
A biography released by the department says Crawley began her police career as a patrol officer in the Second District before being transferred five years later to the Youth Investigations Division. At that post she served as a Youth Outreach Officer, an instructor for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program and later as an investigator for physical and sexual crimes against children.
After being promoted to sergeant in 2007 she served eight years in the Seventh District and as a Detective Sergeant at the Youth Investigations Division. After assuming the title of lieutenant she served as manager of one of the Public Service Area sections in the Sixth District.