On a rainy morning in San Bernardino, a group of California Highway Patrol Officers came to a local Starbucks to reach out and talk with the community. Offering coffee to the cafe’s patrons, they introduced themselves to people and allowed them to voice their concerns or ask questions.
I spoke with Inland Division Public Information Officer Ramon Duran and his partner Steve Carapia. Officer Duran told me that this is an ongoing project to build a relationship between the California Highway Patrol and the local community. The coffee drinkers at Starbucks looked like they enjoyed meeting the officers and were eager to speak with them.
I asked officer Duran what types of problems they were seeing on the highways and local streets. As one might expect drunk driving is an ongoing problem. He also stated that they have seen an increase in motorists under the influence of marijuana.
It’s not every morning that one receives coffee from the California Highway Patrol, but the patrons at the Starbucks in San Bernardino were happy they were there on this unusually rainy morning. You can follow them on their Facebook page