Community Resource Officer

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:
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  • Kindergarten 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 WCU 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 WCU 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, WCU Resident Life staff training, WCU orientation programming, NCAA Athletic team presentations and safety presentations for the resident halls.  Prevention partners with the Police Department include:

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

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Resource Officer Bryce Michaels at 970-641-8273 or send him an email.

Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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