Staff Report

The Sheriff’s Community Resource Deputies (CRD) for the Chumash Reservation and the City of Solvang are joining forces to hold a series of Coffee with a Cop events in the Santa Ynez Valley.  The goal is to provide a number of opportunities for community members in the Valley to get to know deputies that patrol their area and talk about their concerns.  The coffee gatherings will be held from 8:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.  Four coffee shops in the Valley will take turns hosting the events and are excited to be involved in this community outreach opportunity. 

Sr. Deputy Charlie Uhrig who has been the CRD for the City of Solvang for many years and Sr. Deputy Michael Guynn who is the new CRD for the Chumash Reservation and surrounding Santa Ynez Valley decided to do the rotating series of coffee events in the hopes of connecting with a larger number of community members.

“Coffee with a Cop is a great opportunity for us to reach out, listen and engage the community in conversation regarding issues that are affecting them individually, and the Valley as a whole,” Sr. Deputy Uhrig said. “It’s also a good way for the general public to get to know the local deputies and to develop relationships with them.”

The schedule is as follows.  All of the events will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Coffee House by Chomp at 1693 Mission Drive in Solvang on 1/9, 5/8 and 9/11.

Pattibakes at 240 E. Highway 246 #109 in Buellton on 2/13, 6/12 and 10/9.

Corner House at 2902 San Marcos Avenue in Los Olivos on 3/13, 7/10 and 11/13.

Pony Espresso at 3558 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez on 4/10, 8/14 and 12/11.

Along with the Community Resource Deputies, area Lieutenant Eddie Hsueh and deputies who patrol the Santa Ynez Valley will be present as well.