On October 4th, 2017, the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office sponsored their annual Coffee with a Sheriff at the Biscuit Factory on King Street. I was honored to attend and observe firsthand the interaction between our local community and the men and women of the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office. Members of the K-9 squad were also present along with Nikkita, a German Shepard who intrigued the children
The idea behind the national “Coffee with a Cop” day is to allow law enforcement and citizens to interact on a non-confrontation basis in a stress-free atmosphere to discuss common goals and concerns. This annual event brings together community members and sheriff’s deputies so that they can get to know one another and discuss topics important to them in their neighborhoods, schools and various walks of life.
Several members of the Fans of the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office were in attendance. We had the opportunity to sit down with Officer Grimes and Officer Klien and interview them. These women are both mothers and wives in addition to being employed with the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office. We hope you find their interviews as inspiring as we did!
Fans of Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office: Tell us about how you got involved in law enforcement.
Officer Grimes: I’ve always wanted to work in law enforcement. When I was a kid, I watched “Law & Order” on television and was fascinated by the fast pace and all the action I saw. I went to college and studied history, because I thought I had to. But afterwards, I went to the police academy. I’ve been working here ever since. That was ten years ago.
Officer Klien: Growing up, I wanted to be a star on Broadway. The only problem was, I could neither sing nor dance. So, after studying musical theater in college and realizing that I was not going to find a job, I was accepted into the police academy. It was the best thing I’d ever done. The men and women I’ve served alongside are my best friends. They’re the most stand-up people you could ever hope to possibly meet. I’ve been at the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office for eight years.
Fans of Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office: What’s the best part of your job?
Officer Grimes: Honestly, the people. They’re simply amazing. When they put a call in to us, they are trusting us with the scariest, most important parts of their lives. I don’t take that lightly. It’s a privilege to serve our citizens. Every day I wake up, thankful for the work I get to do.
Officer Klien: I agree, I’d have to say that it’s the people, the community, knowing that what I’m doing is making a direct impact in someone’s life. That’s why events like this are so important. If we get to know our community in a comfortable environment and we talk and understand each other, then when there’s a serious or scary situation in progress, we already have a basis of understanding and we can help them so much more.
Hope to see you at next year’s Coffee with the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office.