Story last updated at 1:56 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2002

New officers bolster police force
Staff report
Four new faces will soon have the Homer Police Department running full speed ahead again.

Recent turnover and staffing changes brought about by annexation resulted in four vacancies on the force -- and a lengthy period of operation short on staff.

But with three recent hires and a fourth on the way, Lt. Randy Rosencrans says it will be business as usual for Homer's finest.

"Operating with minimal staffing, there's a lot of things we haven't been able to do," he said. "We've had to make different decisions on how to respond to calls."

Two of the three who are presently on the job, Stacy Luck and Paul Meyer, have been at it since January. A third, Nathan Hull, has lived in Homer since last fall, and signed on with the force last month after going through the police academy in Sitka.

In addition to regular police department training, such as for weapons handling and first aid, new recruits are also required to become familiar with Homer area and its people.

"Police officers are a part of the community. They have to react that way," Rosencrans said. "They need to provide a high level of service that is respective of the community."

In keeping with that notion, Rosencrans said, Luck, Meyer and Hull were all involved in the Fourth of July parade and have made it a point to meet people in the community.

Jason Crockett, the newest recruit, is expected to finish his preliminary training and join the force this fall.

"In their skill level, enthusiasm and potential, all four new officers are outstanding," Rosencrans said. "We are very fortunate to get them online."

New Homer Police Department officers at a glance (information from the HPD Web site):

  • Stacy Luck was born in California and raised in Alaska. He is a graduate of Homer High School and attended Mankato State University in Minnesota from 1989 through 1991. He worked at Spenard Builders Supply in Homer from 1991 until January. When days off allow, Officer Luck enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and daughter. Officer Luck said he is proud to serve Homer as a police officer and looks forward to a career in law enforcement here.

  • Paul Meyer was born in Oregon and moved to Alaska in 1975. He studied criminal justice at the University of Alaska and worked for the state Department of Corrections from 1997 to 1999. In December 2001, Meyer moved from Ketchikan to Homer. He graduated from the Department of Public Safety Academy in June. Officer Meyer enjoys hunting and fishing in his off time.

  • Nathan Hull was born in Roseburg, Ore., and is a graduate of Umpaqua Valley Christian School. He moved to Skagway in October 2000 and worked there as a seasonal police officer for a summer. Hull moved to Homer in November. On his days off, he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his wife and son.

  • Jason Crockett spent his younger years in California before moving with his parents to Alaska in 1985. He graduated from Glacier View School and received a bachelor's in general biblical study from Arizona College of the Bible in 1997. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, hunting, fishing, camping, sports and volunteer work.