CHP officers in Redding traded their badges in for green aprons as dozens came to get a cup of coffee from the officers.
“I’ve never seen a cop make coffee before.” said resident Pat Leibert.
It was all part of the "CHP's Coffee with a Cop" or "Sip with a CHiP" or any number of other puns the officers could come up with.
But no matter what it was called it was all to give the opportunity to the public to interact with officers in a different light.
“Who doesn't drink coffee? I mean in the CHP, coffee has priority.” CHP public information officer Jason Morton said. “it’s one of those experiences where you probably won’t have a Starbucks experience like when I am taking your order in the drive through.”
For people attending it was just as exciting to see them in action in a different way.
Local student Kimberly Reynolds says “instead of them you know protecting people out on the streets... they are able to do like get there orders and interact in a different way.”
For Redding, the tragedy of the Carr fire still hits home with most and for residents attending today’s event it wasn't just an opportunity to interact with officers but it was also a way to say thank you for all they have done to keep our community safe.
“it gives us that opportunity to eyeball to eyeball to say thanks” resident Pat Leibert says Which is also echoed by local student Lily Macmillan who says “I don't even think that saying thank you says enough so that’s why an event like this is so important.”
The resounding success of this event shows that everyone attending would like to see it happen again.
Leibert says “this needs to happen you know weekly... at least once a month for sure.” And as for Macmillan and Reynolds, it was also defiantly for the love of Coffee.
Its good news to anyone who missed today’s event, CHP is planning more events around the city in months to come.