On their way to a meet and greet with Colleyville police officers, 5-year-olds Audrey and Ingrid Anderson asked their dad if there were any girl officers.When they met services lieutenant Hillary Wreay, they weren’t disappointed.“I wanted the girls to meet the police officers and feel comfortable around Colleyville’s finest,” the girls’ dad Chris Anderson said.The three joined more than a dozen others for the Police Department’s first Coffee with a Cop event on Aug. 14 at Market Street.“It was the highlight of my day,” Wreay said about meeting the girls. “They remind me of why I got into this business.”Residents got the chance to get to know police leadership over cups of joe.When some residents found out that Police Chief Mike Holder grew up in Dallas, they reminisced about the Lone Oak Cafe and its killer BLT sandwich. Holder said it takes the community to partner with the police to keep a city safe.He said its events like this that help Colleyville earn a reputation as one of the safest cities in Texas.“The biggest thing it takes is we have to work together,” he said. “This is a snapshot of how we do what we do, this is community policing.”Resident Beth Wasson has lived in Colleyville for 24 years and has seen the department grow.She said she still remembers officer Cheryl Womack when her son was in school and came to meet more police officers.Wreay said it was nice to get feedback from residents and provide help for concerns like traffic.The Police Department is planning another meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at Market Street and will have more in the future at other locations in the city.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli