Deputy Washington Police Chief Bernard D. Crooke was named yesterday by acting Chief of Police Burtell M. Jefferson to succeed Jefferson in the department's second highest ranking job.
Crooke, 44, head of planning and development, was promoted to assistant chief and placed in charge of field operations.
Jefferson had headed field operations until he was named by Mayor Walter E. Washington to succeed Chief Maurice J. Cullinane, who is retiring, effective Feb. 1.
Crooke, a native Washingtonian and a 22-year D.C. police veteran, has been a homicide detective, the chief of a casual clothes unit, and the commander of the third police district.
During his 30 months in the latter post, crime was reduced in his district at a time when the city wide crime rate was increasing.
He also was active in promoting police-community relations in his district.
In his most recent assignement, Crooke was credited with an exhaustive study of the organizational structure of the department, leading to a realignment aimed to putting more top ranked officers in field commands.
Crooke, who has been frequently commended, is the son of a former D.C. police homicide investigator and is a graduate of parochial schools and an Army veteran. He and his wife have four children.
At a press conference yesterday in which he announced the appointment, Jefferson emphasized that he plans no major shakeups in the department.
In another development, it was learned yesterday that Deputy Chief Thomas R. Estes, 49, a 27-year veteran, will retire on Feb. 1.
Estes had commanded the patrol division from 1974 until the post was abolished last month in a reorganization.
Before taking command of the 2900 member uniformed force, Estes had headed the training division and also had served in the old first, third, sixth and 10th precincts. His father, a Washington policeman, was killed in the line of duty.