Jamie: School Resource Officer Jamie ChesterHow long have you been a Police Officer? How long with the Erie Police Department?
Bryan: Officer Bryan Parker
Jamie: 11 years; all have been with the Erie Police DepartmentWhy did you want to be in law enforcement?
Bryan: 10 years total; 9 of them with the Erie Police Department
Jamie: I grew up knowing I always wanted to help people, but knew a desk job wouldn’t be for me; that led me to becoming a police officer. Tell us about an average day for you at work
Bryan: I was always fascinated with police officers as a kid. As funny as it sounds, I really like the show Cops and thought that was what I wanted to do. As I got older, I thought maybe I wanted to be a dispatcher, but when my family and I moved to Colorado I decided law enforcement was the path I should go down. And side note – the job is nothing like what they show on TV!
Jamie: As the School Resource Officer, my day typically follows the kids’ schedules. I begin my day with a briefing at the Police Station, then I head to the High School. I spend a majority of my day with High School students – building a rapport with them and assisting the administrative staff when needed. I also am responsible for visiting with all of the other schools in Erie and am available to those students if needed. At times, I will lead discussions or classes and I also enjoy going to recess with the elementary kids too!When you tell people you’re a cop, what is the first question they ask you?
Bryan: I work day shift; most of my day is spent out in the community. I will work traffic control, visit businesses on foot patrol, answer service calls that come in from dispatch and work on code enforcement.
Jamie: Usually people want to know if you know their brother or sister or other family member who is a Police Officer in a different city. I usually don’t, but I'm appreciative that those people recognize how small and tight knit the law enforcement community can be.What neighborhood are you assigned to?
Bryan: When we meet kids out in the community, they more often than not want us to use our Taser; adults usually jokingly say “it wasn’t me”! But, with the jokes aside most people I meet are very appreciate of our Police Department and want to show their support of us.
Jamie: As the School Resource Officer I am not assigned to any specific neighborhood, but if there is anything that involves a juvenile I will likely be there to assist. What do you love about working in Erie?
Bryan: I am assigned to Arapahoe Ridge. I make sure to help patrol the areas, assist residents with concerns, and participate in designated community events and meetings.
Jamie: I love Erie’s community! I am grateful that every day is different and challenging, and I’m especially grateful to be able to mentor the youth of Erie.
Bryan: I too love the sense of community Erie has, and like many have said before me – I love working with everyone in the Police Department, the people here make you feel like family.
ERIE POLICE DEPARTMENT
1000 Telleen Avenue | P.O. Box 510
Erie, CO 80516
www.erieco.gov/police | 303-926-2800