Lewis County residents are invited to stop by Station Coffee Bar & Bistro in downtown Centralia on July 30 to chat informally with members of local law enforcement.
The event, Coffee with a Cop, is intended to give community members an opportunity to ask questions about the legislative police reform bills that take effect July 25 and how they impact law enforcement services in Lewis County.
Personnel with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Centralia Police Department will be in the coffee shop between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, July 30.
The event is hosted by Back the Blue, a local law-enforcement support group that formed in August 2020, shortly after the memorial for State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer, who was fatally struck by a vehicle while placing spike strips on Interstate 5 in Chehalis during a pursuit of a robbery suspect.
“We just feel that with all that’s going on with law enforcement right now, and even though Lewis County is relatively safe, we want our law enforcement to know that they’re supported,” said Debbie Aust, one of the organizers of Back the Blue.
More information on the group can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/BackTheBlueLewisCounty.