Students, cops mingle over coffee
By Will Otto - Staff Reporter
Four different local police agencies came to talk with students over coffee on Monday.
The event, which aims to help improve public relations between the police and the community they serve, seemed much more successful in its second year, said Sgt. George Curtis of Highline Public Safety.
Officers and students stood around tables and talked in the lower floor of Building 8.
"It's a lot more open than last year, and much better advertised," said Sgt. Curtis.
The departments that attended where the Des Moines Police Department, Kent Police Department, King County Sheriff's Office, and the Washington State Patrol.
Students overall enjoyed speaking with the officers.
"I want advice with my criminal justice degree," said student Kayla T.
Keeping communications up with officers in a casual environment is also very important, she said.
"I have community policing questions," said a student who identified himself only as Shak.
Hiring minority police officers is also something Shak wanted to ask the police officers about.
Highline Public Safety officers also felt that the event was good for better relations.
"I want to get to know the students I serve," said Michael Dizon of Highline Public Safety.
"Events like these are great for us because we can build a good rapport with students and get to know them," said Dizon.