John W. Crews
John joined the Santa Ana Police Department as a full-time Officer in 1982, after three years as a Reserve Officer. The SAPD is somewhat unique because they encourage patrol officers to investigate cases and follow leads as far as possible. So, from the beginning, John began to develop his investigative skills.
Over the course of his career he worked general, burglary, auto theft, and background investigations. He also developed skills allowing him to teach firearms and computer software.
In 2002 he accepted a transfer to the Traffic Division as a member of the Collision Investigation Unit. His duties included investigating major and fatal collisions, hit and run collisions and any other traffic related investigations. He was responsible for training Officers in collision report writing and reviewing all collision reports completed by the entire department. In 2003, John was promoted to Corporal and Supervisor of the unit. In 2010 he obtained his ACTAR Accreditation (#2331). Also in 2010 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (CA2RS) where He continues to serve.
During his time in the Traffic Division, John was involved in over 250 major or fatal collisions, 1700 hit and run investigations, and reviewed nearly 10,000 traffic collision reports. He developed an expertise in DUI, both alcohol and drugs. From 2008 to 2013 he received awards from MADD each year, including two Century Awards, for over 400 arrests.
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