Dallas police kicked off a new program called "Coffee with Cops" Saturday morning at a McDonalds in West Oak Cliff. Sandra Martinez was one of those who came to Coffee with Cops with specific questions.
She got good answers and came away impressed that Dallas police are accessible, anytime not just in emergencies.
"The only times I've known is when I have had to call 911. In this instance it wasn't that way. I came out here with a good purpose and it helped me."
The Coffee with Cops event was launched with Councilwoman Delia Jasso's support and blessing. "We want to be sure that people have the ability, the opportunity to talk to the policemen over a cup of coffee as to what's going on in their area."
This was the first in what Dallas Police hope will be many chances to sit down with the people they serve -- over a free cup of coffee.
"As opposed to officers going to a community meeting and talking and crime, we're talking more about what we do as police officers," said Dep. Chief Gil Garza. "Perhaps pulling back the curtain a little bit and saying 'This is what we are and what we do.' They can talk about anything they want. They can talk about traffic. Crime in their community. Whatever concerns them."
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