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Cold brew with the police crew: UPD to host virtual community discussion

Cold brew with the police crew: UPD to host virtual community discussion - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Assistant Chief of Police, Officer Roger Stearns speaks with Junior Communications major Emily Alvarez about the SafeZone app on Sept. 17, 2020 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. UPD will host a Coffee with a Cop event Sept. 22 to promote community discussion. Photo illustration By Dee Garcia

The University Police Department at Texas A&M University- San Antonio will host its virtual Coffee with a Cop – B.Y.O.C (Bring Your Own Coffee) event on Sept. 22. There will be a session from 12-1 p.m. open to the public and an evening session from 8-9 p.m. open only to A&M-San Antonio students.

Founded in 2016, the event series serves as a way for university police officers to stay engaged with the community. Roger Stearns, Assistant Police Chief, encourages those passionate about safety to join the event and meet the officers on campus.

“We enjoy doing this event. It’s important for cops to stay engaged with the community, we want them to know they can trust us and come to us with any issues,” Stearns said in a Zoom interview Sept. 1.

The UPD will begin with a brief presentation, then open the discussion to answer questions from the community. 

“We want our community to know our officers and we want our officers to know the community,” Stearns said.

Stearns said before COVID-19, they would have handed-out coffee and donuts but with social distancing in full-effect, he will donate gift cards for virtual door-prizes.

For more information on how to join, visit the University Police JagSync or Facebook pages. 

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact SGT. Gerardo Duran at

About the Author

Stephanie Palitos
Stephanie Palitos
Stephanie A. Palitos is a junior communication major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In addition to attending evening courses at the university, she is a full-time employee at CPS Energy. She works at the call center on the city’s Northside, as a workforce management analyst, where she uses historical data to predict future call volume and staffing requirements. Stephanie is an avid animal lover who enjoys rescuing and fostering animals. Her plan is to one day open an animal sanctuary and save as many animal lives as possible. She plans on pursuing public relations when she graduates and hopes to work in the communications department at CPS Energy in the near future.

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