Community Resource Officer


The Community Resource Officer (CRO) is responsible for coordinating prevention, safety and other outreach activities and programs in Gunnison. Currently, the core programs provided by the CRO include:

  • officers_talk_to_groupKindergarten through 4th grade D.A.R.E. program
  • 5th grade core D.A.R.E. Program
  • Second Step: Taught at the Community School
  • Assisting High School groups with their prevention activities including; health classes, Student Leadership and the Courage to Live group
  • STEP for teens classes (systematic training for effective parenting)
  • Coordinating Safe Ride of Gunnison, Inc., a free tipsy taxi service
  • Education on correct use of child safety seat checks and distributing low cost seats for underserved families
  • Coffee With a Cop; an outreach program at WSCU and GHS
  • Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)
  • Social Responsibility Training (SRT)

In addition to these activities, the Gunnison Police Department works with other groups and agencies to promote safety and prevention. Through The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) grant funding we have helped the RE1J School District, the local Partners organization and WSCU with health and prevention activities, classes, and positive alternative activities.

DARE Approval Banner (2)Gunnison Police Department officers also take part in programs with the Gunnison community including the Good Neighbor program, WSCU Resident Life staff training, WSCU orientation programming, NCAA Athletic team presentations  and safety presentations for the resident halls.  Prevention partners with the Police Department include:

  • The Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (GCSAPP)
  • The Gunnison Watershed School District - RE1J
  • Western State Colorado University
  • Family Advocacy and Support Team (FAST)
  • The Domestic Violence Coalition
  • Westerns Responsible Alcohol Partnership (WRAP)
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
  • The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Resource Officer Rob Whiting at 970-641-8243 or send him an email.