The coffee was courtesy of the Mission Police Department as was the conversation this morning at Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive.
Mission Police Chief Ben Hadley said the point of the program is to get officers out in the community and interact with the public. A steady stream of customers were greeted by Hadley and other officers and had the chance to ask questions, offer criticism or compliments – or just enjoy the free coffee.
Capt. Kirk Lane spent most of the session with a group of regulars – older women who frequent the shop every Friday morning. The questions ran from changes in law enforcement over the years to what had happened in Baltimore and Ferguson. “They were up to speed on everything,” Lane said. “They had a lot of questions.” The women are looking for a tour of emergency operations and more information on self defense.
Hadley said people seemed happy that the officers were out and making themselves available. New gun laws and questions about equipment violations were just a couple of the topics the chief fielded Friday morning.
This won’t be a just a one-time event, Hadley said. “Coffee with a Cop,” which is a national program, will be repeated in Mission, perhaps at additional locations. Officers had scheduled a one-hour event this morning, but were still talking to customers two hours after it started.
Mission police also surprised Sandi Russell, one of the sisters of Twisted Sisters, with a bench that the department had refurbished and decorated. Russell had donated a bench for a a Mission fundraising auction last year.