Town of Erie Police Department

Town of Erie Police Department Introductions

Over the past several months we’ve been introducing you to some of the men and women of the Town of Erie Police Department.  These introductions are informal and brief – so whether you are new to Erie or have lived here for years, we hope you’ll take just a moment to get to know us a little better.  And next time you see us out in the community – be sure to say “hi” to our officers.  We are only strangers once.

It is an honor to serve you and the entire Erie community.  Thank you!

Photo: Alary & Maya-Charles

Today’s interviews are with Police Officer Jamie Alary and Restorative Justice Coordinator, Leslie Maya-Charles.  While their jobs are very different, they are both important to the Erie Police Department and we are lucky to have them on staff.

Introduce yourself

Jamie: Officer Jamie Alary 

How long have you been a Police Officer?  How long with the Erie Police Department? 

Jamie: I have been a Police Officer for 5 years and been with the Erie Police Department since March.   

Why did you want to be in law enforcement? 

Jamie: I remember having a friend’s father as a School Resource Officer at school.  I really looked up to him, he was a great role model.  I pursued my passion and went to school for Criminal Justice and then went to the Police Academy.  

Tell us about an average day for you at work

Jamie: During my shift, I am usually out and about handling the various calls which come in and then I’ll return to the police station to write my reports or log evidence.  

When you aren’t working, what do you do for fun? 

Jamie: I spend most of my time with my family and friends and on the ice refereeing hockey games. 

What neighborhood are you assigned to? 

Jamie: I am assigned to Flatiron Meadows.  I make sure to help patrol the areas, assist residents with concerns and participate in designated community events and meetings.

What do you love about working in Erie? 

Jamie: I love the people.  The people we work with and everyone in the community.  Everyone in the Police Department has a positive attitude and will go above and beyond to help you in any way possible.  I also love all the support we receive from the Erie community. 

Introduce yourself

Leslie: Leslie Maya-Charles, the R.J. Coordinator for the Town of Erie 

Tell us what RJ is? 

Leslie: Restorative Justice, or “RJ”, is a way of looking at how harm affects the community.  We look at who was harmed and who did the harming and bring those two parties together to educate them and see what can be done to repair the damage.  The state says RJ is for anyone under the age of 25, but traditionally we work with those that are under 18.  

How long have you been involved with RJ with the Erie Police Department? 

Leslie: I have been working with Restorative Justice in Erie the past 14 years. 

What drew you to a career in RJ?

Leslie: When I first moved to Erie, there was a need for this program.  It was originally being run by Weld County in Greeley and they needed it to be more closely tied to the community.  I said I would volunteer for 1 year to get the program running and in 6 months, the program was being funded and I haven’t looked back.  I have been able to work with both Boulder and Weld counties, the school districts and this department to make this program what it is and provide the services to this community that make such a difference in many lives.  

Tell us about an average day for you at work

Leslie: Most of my day is spent on the phone or answering emails and coordinating cases.  I also spend a lot of time recruiting, training and retaining volunteers who are responsible for the facilitated conversations that happen in Restorative Justice.  The volunteers have all been through a 40 hour training and many have been working with us for a number of years.   I also work closely with both Boulder and Weld County District Attorney’s Offices and Erie’s School Resource Officer.  

When you aren’t working, what do you do for fun? 

Leslie: I enjoy making jewelry, spending time outside skiing or kayaking, reading a good book, practicing yoga and above all spending time with my family. 

What do you love about working in Erie? 

Leslie: I really enjoy the size of the community and our department.  I love being able to make a difference with those in our program and their families and giving them an opportunity to change the direction of the path they are on for the better. 

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Erie, CO 80516 | 303-926-2800

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