Here's a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office while you ask questions and express concerns. Coffee With a Cop returns Friday, July 20.

Speaking from experience, attending a Coffee With a Cop meeting is the best thing you'll ever do. It's a chance to meet your local law enforcement officers face to face and discuss your concerns.

How much does it cost? The cost is simply the price of the cup of coffee, assuming you even want something to drink. It isn't required. Pardon the cliche', but there's "no purchase necessary."

Personally, I make a point to attend all of these meetings. They roll around about four times a year, and they're always worthwhile. The last time I attended this event the MCSO made me aware of a situation developing at one my rental properties. Yes, I'm one of those individuals lacking brain cells who actually invested in income properties. With those investments come headaches. Thanks to the officers in attendance, I was informed early enough to nip one headache before it turned into a full-blown catastrophe.

Here are five reasons why you should set aside an hour or two and participate:

  • No speeches or agendas, just questions, and answers
  • The coffee is always good
  • It's a chance to ask questions in an informal setting
  • It’s an opportunity to discuss matters that don’t necessitate a call or visit the Police Department
  • It’s a great opportunity to connect with local law enforcement

This time around, Coffee With A Cop is coming to the Starbucks at 570 32 Road in Clifton. The event runs 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition to discussing your concerns with officers, you can also inquire as to the whereabouts of the plastic straws they used to offer at Starbucks. Just kidding.

Here's your chance to ask police those questions which have been on your mind while getting to know your local officers better. "Coffee With a Cop" is the perfect opportunity to keep our neighborhoods safe, be proactive, and work in cooperation with your law enforcement officers.