Community Resource Officer
The Community Resource Officer (CRO) is responsible for most of the public relations functions for the Police Department. These functions include the instruction of the D.A.R.E classes, coordinating youth service programs, such as The Alternative, arranging speakers and handling station tours.
Officer Dion Olson completed his initial D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Instructor Training at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy in 2002. This course is recognized as one of the most intense, demanding, and rewarding experiences offered to Law Enforcement Officers who are dedicated to the care, and education of our community’s children.
The Crestwood D.A.R.E. program is currently taught to students each year, through a partnership with Holy Cross Academy at Our Lady of Providence. Over the course of Officer Olson’s tenure as a D.A.R.E. Instructor, he has taught and played a positive role in the lives of thousands of young people within the region.
Station tours need to be arranged in advance and will be conducted by the Community Resource Officer or by another Officer. Tours include the station and the booking area and the jail, depending on the number of prisoners in custody at the time of the tour.
The Community Resource Officer handles the requests that are received by the Police Department for speakers. The CRO will either handle the request himself or will refer the request to someone with the expertise to speak on the topic.