Crystal Williams-Coleman was born in Harlem in New York City and was raised in Philadelphia. Crystal has three children, Tina, Alexis and Vinson. She was educated in the Public School system and attended Miami-Dade Community College, and the Philadelphia Police Academy.
Crystal joined the Philadelphia Police Department in December of 1986. She is a 32-year veteran of the department. Crystal retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January of 2019. She served 11 years in the Special Victims Unit and 16 years in the Homicide Unit where she retired as a Homicide Detective. She has been involved in many major investigations in the Homicide Unit and has been seen on 48 Hours as well as the ID Channel.
Crystal joined the Guardian Civic League in 1986 and has served on many board positions over the years. She now holds the position of President of the Guardian Civic League. Crystal is also the Vice-Chairperson of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NABLEO).
Crystal has been seen on major television channels in her stand for injustice and taking a stand for what is right. She has admired Alphonso Deal and Dr. Martin Luther King for the work they have done to fight for the rights of people of color. She has always believed in treating people how you want to be treated. “Do not judge a person by the color of their skin but by their character.”
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