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Congratulations! Thank you and stay safe!PRESS RELEASE: Chief Booth is pleased to announce the hiring of the Roanoke Police Department’s newest Deputy Chief, Michael “Mike” Crawley. Deputy Chief joins the Roanoke Police Department after a nearly 25-year tenure with the Salem Police Department, from which he retired at the rank of Chief.

“Deputy Chief Crawley grew up in Roanoke, and he knows this community well,” said Roanoke Chief Scott Booth. “His education, tenure of service, and commitment to public safety speaks for itself. I am confident that he will be a great asset to us and a leader at the Roanoke Police Department.”

“I am truly fortunate to join the ranks amongst the women and men of the Roanoke Police Department,” said Deputy Chief Crawley. “Being able to serve the citizens of the City of Roanoke in this capacity is an honor as it will allow me to give back to those who provided so much to me and my family over the years.”

Deputy Chief Crawley will begin working at RPD in late July of 2024. You can review his bio below:

“Mike Crawley began his law enforcement with the Town of Vinton Police Department in August 1996 graduating from Cardinal Criminal Academy in November the same year. During his time at Vinton Police Department he held the position of Patrol Officer, Detective, and Patrol Sergeant. Crawley left his position with Vinton Police Department and obtained employment with the Salem Police Department in December 1999 as a Patrol Officer.

“Crawley was promoted to the rank of Senior Police Officer and transferred to Salem’s Detective Division in 2004 where he was assigned to the Special Investigation Unit. In 2006, Crawley was transferred to General Investigator where he rose to the rank of Sergeant in that Division.

“He later served as the Services Division Sergeant handling the central supply and support component of the Department. He returned to the Patrol Division in 2014 before being promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief. He was named Salem’s Department Chief on February 1, 2016. After more than eight years as Chief of Police, Crawley retired from the City of Salem June 1, 2024. At the time of his retirement he was an active member of the International Chiefs of Police, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, in addition to Blue Ridge Chiefs of Police.

“A Roanoke City native, Chief Crawley graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1991 and later attended Virginia Western Community College. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bluefield College where he majored in Management and a graduate from the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy Class #271. He is also a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.”
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Pay Attention!

When our kids were old enough to prioritize and young enough for my wife and I to exercise our influence over them, we simplified our parenting instructions down to one absolute order.

Listen to mom and dad.

For years, that is all we ever really asked of them. We figured that the best thing we could do for them was to set an example, through our actions and words, that incorporated as many tools that they were capable of understanding and using at an early age. Our objective was to provide them with enough structure and direction to begin to develop their own decision-making skills at an early age so that they would be prepared to make good decisions as they got older.

As much as I now wish that we would have added a work schedule so that they were also doing chores before they were old enough to find excuses not to do them, teaching them to listen, observe, and pay attention when we did proved to have been worthwhile for us and for them.

In fact, if (like me) you subscribe to the theory that there is always a price to pay; you might also agree that paying attention is one of the most inexpensive, but valuable investments you can make.

If you listen, while others are talking, you will almost always learn something without unnecessarily giving away your own thoughts.

If you watch, while others are acting, you will see an example of how to or how not to act in that situation.

If you remain alert to your surroundings, you are far less likely to experience an unwanted surprise.

Conversely, if you do not pay attention, the price you pay could be substantial.

If you drive while not paying attention, you may end up in an accident.

If your teacher springs a pop quiz on you and you weren’t listening in class, you’re probably not going to get a very good grade on that quiz.

The price that you pay for the decisions you make, the experiences you enjoy or suffer through, and the results that you either achieve or fall short of can be remitted in a variety of ways.

Sometimes that price is real money that you either gain or lose. Other times, you might pay that price in the form of physical exertion or the use of millions of brain cells. Either way, every step you take and every lesson you learn costs you something and there is no guaranty that the price you pay equals whatever it is that you receive when you pay that price.

What is guaranteed, however, is that the price that you pay will be more inline with your expectations when you are making decisions based on what you have learned and experienced along your path in life. If you set a goal and then prepare to achieve that goal through a thorough understanding of what it will take to reach your desired result, you will get about as close as possible to ensuring that the price you pay is worth the reward you seek.

If you learn those skills through paying attention and being alert to your surroundings and situations, then I think we can agree that a small investment of your time and attention will pay substantial dividends to you for the rest of your life. The earlier you make this investment, the more dividends you will earn.

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

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