By Chief Berg
The CORE (Community Outreach and Engagement) program grew out of the desire to provide services that we provided in the past via our Community Services Bureau, which was eliminated in 2011. I wanted to have an officer, who already really knows the area district, get even more involved in the community on a one-on-one basis. I am hoping that this program allows our CORE officers the opportunities to meet with community members that they ordinarily would not, which will provide them with a more holistic view of the community they serve.
We handpicked the officers for this program, we wanted proactive, positive officers who have demonstrated the ability to easily interact with the public. I believe that almost any of our officers could step up and do this assignment, however these six officers have a lot of experience and still stay proactive and positive, they were exactly what we were looking for. Officer Robert Wojciechowski (1) will be the CORE officer for the Adam Area, Officer Lamar Kashat (2) will be the CORE officer for the Baker Area, Officer Eric Le Roux (3) will be the CORE officer for the Charlie Area, Officer Guy Lynn (4) will be the Core Officer for the David Area, Officer Kirk Swenson (5) will be the CORE Officer for the Edward Area and Officer Anthony Roeske (6) will be the CORE Officer for the Frank Area.
In five years I am hoping this program will have really taken off and inspired residents to take part in their neighborhood watch groups, or to start one if one doesn’t already exist in their area. We will not be waiting for the public to come to us to organize, we will be going to them and asking them to be active community partners. If other communities start replicating what we are doing to enhance their relationships with citizens and business partners, we know it will be a success.
The SHPD is inviting all residents to come on out for a casual meet and greet to get to know their CORE Officer on March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center.