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Artesia Police Department officers and event attendees pose with McDonald’s franchise owners Steve and Patricia Aragon (kneeling). (Nancy Dunn – For the Daily Press)

The Artesia Police Department and McDonald’s teamed up to present a “Coffee With A Cop” the morning of May 9, and the place was packed as locals took advantage of the opportunity to sit down and informally visit with local law enforcement representatives.

“About 30 citizens showed up,” APD Cmdr. Lindell Smith said. “Some of them meant to, some were just customers passing through that we had conversations with.”

McDonald’s has been hosting events like this nationwide for some time now, and local franchise owners Steve and Patricia Aragon hosted a similar event in their Carlsbad McDonald’s a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the APD has been holding their own informal public get-togethers for several years now to encourage the public to feel comfortable in discussing their concerns with local law enforcement members in a comfortable, neutral setting.

The crowd was a mix of regular coffee-drinkers, customers, local business representatives, city officials, and citizens, all enjoying cake, cookies, sausage McMuffins, and LOTS of fresh coffee! Smith said around 20 police officers and other APD employees also filtered through the event, carrying on conversations on a wide variety of topics with the attending citizens.

Businesses interested in hosting an event like this with the APD can contact Cpl. Tony Baca at 746-5000.