All Ralph Crabb ever wanted to do was make the world a little better.

And he has, according to an Elks Lodge committee that selected Crabb, a detective in the Orem Department of Public Safety, as 1988 Peace Officer of the Year for Wasatch, Utah and Juab Counties."Ralph Crabb was our clear choice," said Provo Police Sgt. Phil Johnson, head of the three-member selection committee.

Crabb knew since childhood that he wanted to make a difference, and law enforcement seemed like the best way to do it.

"I liked the idea of helping people, of having an effect," Crabb said Wednesday. "Sometimes people see it as a negative effect, like the kids I take into custody."

Crabb, 40, has been with Orem police for the past 12 years. After two years on the streets, he accepted a detective's post dealing with crimes committed by and against juveniles. Besides