CHARLESTON – National Coffee with a Cop Day may be on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the Coos County Sheriff’s Office from holding its first meet-and-greet event Monday.

An estimated 30 people showed up over the course of two hours at Bayside Coffee in Charleston. People from as far as Green Acres attended to meet deputies and the sheriff, but most came to meet the K-9 Odin.

“This is a wonderful idea,” said Pam Terrell-Smith from Charleston. “Seeing Odin back on the job is amazing.”

Captain Kelley Andrews met a woman who attended the event as part of her 75th birthday celebration just so she could meet Odin.

“This is about getting together with people and sharing life experiences,” Andrews said. “For the most part, people have shown up to talk about crime prevention, setting up neighborhood watches, or just to talk. No one has had real hard topics for us to handle.”

Sheriff Craig Zanni was surrounded by a crowd and told The World that he was glad people were starting to see that they can have a positive community.

“Law enforcement isn’t a bunch of outsiders looking in,” he said. “We’re part of this community and if we work together we can resolve just about any problem out there.”

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.