Prince George Police Chief releases statement after officer’s death

Posted at 3:23 PM, Apr 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-10 17:13:46-04

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (WTVR) – Officials released a statement Tuesday after a Prince George County officer’s death.

Prince George County Police Chief Ed Frankenstein said Officer Shelly Crowder died at her Prince George County home Monday night. [MORE: Police: Off-duty officer died at hospital after being pulled from pool]

Here’s the complete statement from Frankenstein:

The Prince George County Police Department regrets to announce that on April 9, 2012, Officer Shelly S. Crowder passed away at her Prince George County home.  Shelly is survived by her husband James F. Crowder who is also a Police Officer with the Department.

Shelly began her career with the Police Department in October of 1998 when she was hired as a Dispatcher.  In October of 2004, she earned a position as a Police Officer with the Department where she was assigned to a shift.  Her genuine commitment to serving the Community earned her a position in the Community Policing Unit where she facilitated several Crime Prevention initiatives.  Over the last couple of years, she spearheaded the annual “POLAR PLUNGE” in Virginia Beach where she organized a group of Police Officers and Deputies from Prince George as well as other participants to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Virginia by jumping into the Atlantic Ocean in February.  Most recently, she was actively organizing the logistics for this year’s “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT” which will be held in August.

Her spirit and enthusiasm for serving the citizens of Prince George was well admired by all who knew her and her presence will be sorely missed.