CHP recruits meet those they serve

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What was intended to be a chance for the community to meet officers of the California Highway Patrol over a cup of coffee turned out to a chance for six CHP recruits to meet the people they protect and serve.

At least 10 CHP officers with the Newhall Station, including CHP Captain Edward A. Krusey, and six officers hired less than two weeks ago showed up at the Honu Coffee shop on Lyons Avenue, said CHP Officer Richard Byrod.

“For these six new officers it was an opportunity for them to the community,” he said.

Thursday was the day designated by the CHP as a chance for officers assigned to its Community Engagement and Recruitment Team to meet casually with citizens across Los Angeles County for some simple talk and straight answers.

The CHP calls the special day, Coffee with a Cop day.

Similar out-reach days were held in Valencia and Stevenson Ranch. On Thursday, it was meet Newhall day.

“It was a good turnout,” Byrod said. “The Honu Coffee people were very hospitable to having us there.

Citizens took advantage of the officers’ presence to ask them about personal concerns, safety issues and national stories about law enforcement officers, he said.

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