KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Community resource officers are the guys who many don't see. They are the ones who make it their purpose to mend relationships and get to know people in the neighborhoods around the metro on a more personal level.
There are six of these officers, one for every division station. Officer Jason Cooley is part of East Patrol’s station.
"It's definitely behind-the-scenes and it's not the type of work that you're in the spotlight as far as media attention and stuff, but definitely in the spotlight in the hearts and minds of those who live in the communities," Cooley said.
He canvassed area neighborhoods looking to mend relationships and prevent crime.
"My job is to build relationships with the community and unfortunately there are some instances where those ties have been broken in the past so what I do is try to earn that trust because ultimately the police department. We can't do our job without the community's assistance," he said.
Recently, he met a woman named Khatea, a single mother with four children between the ages of 16 and 7. Her home was getting broken into several times a week.
"Vandalizing the house, threatening my children and things of that sort," she said.
In addition to raising her children, she also had a full-time job and wants to finish her pre-law degree.
Cooley helped her along and now she's in a much safer place.
"Some blocks have lost hope and I think it's important that we support them in any way we can to help them find that hope again," Cooley said.
"It was good to know there were extra eyes and ears going on and it was comforting to know that I had someone on the inside that was looking out for my best interest," Khatea said.
She also received help from the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City.