Gov. Susana Martinez has named Roswell Police Officer Helen Cheromiah to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. The appointment was an-nounced Tuesday.
Judge Freddie Romero recommended her for the committee. He has been a member, but has found his time limited. He suggested Cheromiah as a replacement because of her involvement with local youth and because she was a representative of law enforcement.
The Juvenile Justice Board is designed to come up with programs to prevent juvenile delinquency and gang involvement before children and youth become in involved. The board examines strategies to encourage youth, parent, school and community involvement, and they are charged with originating, coordinating and implementing strategies and programs, along with locating funds to support initiatives, programs, services and activities.
Through her work with the school system, Cheromiah has experience with children. She has been working the police representative to Roswell Independent School District since the position was reinstated in January. She patrols schools throughout the city.
Cheromiah is responsible for taking crime reports at the schools. However other officers continue to do standard patrols and to respond to calls on an as-needed basis. She also investigates crimes that take place on school property.
In addition, she is a field-training officer, which has been described as bridging the gap between classroom theory and street application. Previously, she worked as a field investigator.
Cheromiah has volunteered with the Chaves County CASA Youth Mentorship Program and the Chaves County Every 15 Minutes program. In her position as RSO, Cheromiah also gives talks on the effects of DWI and DUI.
She says she loves working with children and uses her experience as an officer and as parent.
She is also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Fraternal Order of Police.