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SOLEDAD — Last Friday the Soledad Starbucks played host to the first “Coffee with a Cop” event, which let members of the public meet and interact with local officers from the Soledad Police Department.

Starbucks sectioned off part of the coffee house so locals could sit down with their law officials and ask questions, but the main purpose was for residents to see that the people that protect the city day and night are approachable and there for them.

Officers were sitting inside and outside of the business, greeting people as they walked by. Children were all given a sticker badge that said “Soledad Police Department.”

One officer got more interest than the others, even besting Police Chief Eric Sills in popularity. Canine Officer Rocco attended with his handler Officer Walter Tinay. Young or old, he proved to be very well behaved, drawing attention from those in attendance.

Soledad City Councilmember Carla Stewart stopped by the event, talking with the officers and the residents who dropped in.

Chief Sills said he has plans for more “Coffee with a Cop” events in the future.