Cops chat with students over coffee, donuts
Someone Call the Popo/Coffee and Donuts with Cops took place at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Reta E. King Library.
The coffee shop provided hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and cookies for the officers and students who attended the event.
Laure Sinn, coordinator of student activities, put on the event to provide safe activities for college students.
“This is a good non-threatening way for students to ask questions to officers,” Sinn said.
Several officers came to the event, including Officer Shane Sanders, Officer Logan Dailey, Officer Tony Knappen, State Trooper Mick Downing, and Sergeant Michael Lautzenhiser.
Students were allowed to ask the officers questions. One of these included: how many MIP’s have you given?
The officers talked about giving MIP’s and DUI’s to family members. Some students asked about house parties and Sanders said that if it’s not causing a problem, they don’t care.
Students on campus have been told that if they are too intoxicated to drive, they should call the cops for a ride home to get home safely. Some students objected to the idea.
“Is a ticket the end of the world if you’re going to make it home safely?” Saunders said.
Shelby Rowin, 19, sophomore of Gretna, came to the event to hear the officers’ stories.
“Being a cop is not as easy as it’s made out to be,” she said.
Some officers told stories recounting excuses they have heard from people who have been pulled over.
The stories ranged from the individual having to go to the bathroom to having their significant other waiting in the shower for them.
Mikayla Gallagher, 19, sophomore of Spearfish, South Dakota, went to the event because her major includes interest in the law enforcement field.
“I’m a legal studies major. I already knew a lot about the legal system, but I wanted to see a different perspective on it than we have at home,” she said.