National "Coffee With A Cop" Day gives KC area residents chance to talk openly with officers

Posted at 4:28 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 18:46:07-04

OLATHE, Kan. – For years, fear described what overcame Tiffany Sherrod whenever she was approached by police. 

“I’ve always been very fearful. I’ve been that way because my dad was always like that. He put that idea in my head that they’re all scary,” Sherrod said. 

The Olathe Police Department is making bold moves to overcome this fear.

Deputy Chief Shawn Reynolds pulled up a chair to have a conversation with Sherrod and her classmates. 

“I want folks to know at the end of the day, we’re human beings like everyone else. The time to work on community-law enforcement relations is not during a crisis,” Reynolds explained.

The event was one of hundreds nationwide called “Coffee With A Cop.” 

Reynolds said conversations like these are especially important given the current social climate. 

“I want them to know us, and build a relationship with us, and have the ability to ask us questions, and engage in dialogue, so that both sides have a unique and perhaps different understanding,” he said.