Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle read to several students at Dr. J.A. Garcia Elementary Thursday morning.
The students got to meet with the chief after Thursday morning's reading.
The police chief took a break from the office to read to some local students.
Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle read to students at Dr. J.A. Garcia Elementary as part of "National Library Week". Markle was one of several community leaders who was chosen to be a "Star Reader". On Thursday morning, he read a book about the work police officers do. While reading, he explained what kind of training officers undergo and what kind of tools they carry.
Some of the children were shy at first but quickly warmed up to the chief. Many asking questions about how drug dogs are trained and whether Chief Markle likes to watch "Law and Order".
All in all, everyone enjoyed the event. Chief Markle said,"Any opportunity I have to interact with children, I do so. We do so as a department. you know its our first step. I wouldn't call it an intervention. We want to humanize ourselves to the children in this community and (get them to) understand we're approachable and we're regular folks."
Chief Markle also joked that he hopes he did some good recruiting during the event.