Police Create New Community Resource Officer Position to Build Relationships With Diverse Groups
The Sioux Falls Police Department is creating a new position to build relationships in the community, particularly with the many diverse groups that exist in Sioux Falls. Officer Cynthia Holmquest was recently selected as the first Community Resource Officer and will begin her new duties on Monday, August 14, 2017.
“Building positive relationships with our community members is a top priority for the Sioux Falls Police Department,” says Chief Matt Burns. “We are excited to have an officer who can dedicate her time working with the numerous groups in Sioux Falls to open communication and solve issues before they become bigger problems.”
In the past, officers have connected with various groups in a number of different ways. The Community Resource Officer will expand on those connections begun by other officers and continue to build on relationships with various citizen groups. Having one officer working with the many diverse groups will help to provide a more uniform and centralized way of handling concerns that may arise.
“I’m looking forward to working with all the diverse groups and organizations in the city,” says Officer Cynthia Holmquest. “This position will help to create even more positive interaction with police, while making a positive impact in our community too.”
The Community Resource Officer will become the primary contact for minority groups, religious organizations, the Multi-Cultural Center, the LGBTQ community, and numerous other organizations.
Officer Holmquest is a four-year veteran with the Police Department. After an internal search, Officer Holmquest was selected for this role from current staff. The new position will not add to current staffing levels.