Community Resource Officer

Lucero - for Website
I enjoy being able to interact with people from all walks of life in a manner other than traditional law enforcement. I understand everyone's situation is unique and being able to understand these differences is vital to building a trusting relationship to help them seek the services they need and deserve. 

I help people set short term and long term obtainable goals. I help people achieve these goals by providing mentorship and support by filling in the gaps that other service providers are unable to provide. I find this to be a very challenging yet fulfilling part of my job.

I want to be there to aid those who lack family support. I do this through a cooperative effort with Adapt, St. Tim's, the Food Bank, and Brookings Core Response. Together we are able to help people make positive changes in their lives and help them become self sufficient. 

It is truly rewarding to see when our collaborative efforts are effective in improving people's quality of life in the long term

- CRO Lucero

The mission of the CRO is to engage stakeholders in a community-based process to:

1) End homelessness for all individuals and families throughout the City of Brookings                                                                 

2) Address the underlying causes of homelessness

3) Lessen the negative impact of homelessness on individuals, families, and the community

The CRO seeks out and engages those who are chronically homeless and, for those who are willing, attempts to provide and connect them with housing and appropriate resources for that individual. This officer will work to establish trust with the homeless population by being a resource for them. The CRO will collaborate and coordinate with Curry Community Health, the Oregon Department of Human Resources, Social Security Administration, Veteran’s Administration, Oregon Coast Community Action, drug/alcohol programs, etc., to be able to seek solutions to the varying barriers faced by our homeless population. A primary role of this officer is to be a resource to Patrol officers when they encounter homeless individuals who need resources. The CRO is designed to be outreach driven and not enforcement driven, though when they encounter crimes during their contacts they will investigate them and take appropriate action. While we alone cannot solve homelessness, our goal is to have a significant positive impact that benefits all members of our Brookings community.