Criminally Delicious

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No need to take the Fifth.

You can take an entire dozen.

Since May 8, 2018, Cops & Doughnuts-Capital Precinct has been satisfying customers with sweet treats so indulgent that it should be a crime. Now with the recent opening of a 1,000-square-foot expansion at its Delta Township location, Cops & Doughnuts is approaching its one-year anniversary with even more offerings that include soups, salads and sandwiches.

“I’ve been blown away by the reaction from the community,” said Heidi Williams, who owns Cops & Doughnuts-Capital Precinct with her wife, Michelle Bryant. “Oh my gosh, the first 10 days we were open, there was a line out the door all day. It was insanity.”

“People kept thanking us for opening a location here,” Bryant added. “It was shocking.

The flagship Cops & Doughnuts started in Clare, Michigan, when the nine members of the Clare Police Department pooled their resources to save a historic doughnut shop and bakery that was on the verge of closing. Since then, it has expanded to six locations, or precincts, with the Capital Precinct being the first to be opened as a franchise.

Keeping with the police-owned tradition of the business, Williams, a technology and information supervisor for the East Lansing Police Department, and Bryant, who retired as a detective after serving 25 years with the Lansing Police Department, decided to open their own location of Cops & Doughnuts after becoming fans themselves. The couple frequented the business on trips to their cottage in the Mount Pleasant area.

“Michelle just kind of jokingly said that we should open one of these,” Williams said.

“I was getting ready to retire,” Bryant added.

“It was a ‘maybe when we grow up’ type of thing, but in between doughnut bites we started saying, ‘We really should do this,’” Williams said.

Particularly appealing was the mission of Cops & Doughnuts to be an active participant in the community – something that fits perfectly in the wheelhouse of Williams and Bryant, who were involved with the Police Athletic League and Ingham County Shop with a Cop.

“We’ve always been very involved in giving back to the community. I was president of the Police Athletic League for at least a dozen years,” Bryant said. “We just like to be able to provide opportunities to disadvantaged kids or at-risk youth and being involved in this business is promoting a positive view of law enforcement.”

Since the Capital Precinct opened its doors, Williams and Bryant have hosted fundraisers for area organizations ranging from the Capital Area Humane Society to Sleep in Heavenly Peace to the East Lansing Police Department honor guard. The 15 employees – dubbed “inmates,” with managers serving as “wardens” – even donate half of their tips to charitable causes.

“We’re just trying to build that unity in the community,” Williams said. “As the Capital Precinct, we believe in that philosophy.”

It appears that the community is, indeed, united behind Cops & Doughnuts. Upon opening, the Capital Precinct was selling doughnuts at such a fast and frenzied pace that it may have been worthy of a speeding ticket.

“We were doing 400 dozen a day in the first week,” Williams said.

Things have settled into a more manageable pace, with the Capital Precinct selling roughly 500 dozen doughnuts each week.

“We’re thrilled to be in Delta Township,” Williams said. “I grew up in Mason. She grew up in Grand Ledge. This is our home.”

Cops & Doughnuts-Capital Precinct is at 6427 Centurion Drive in Delta Township. The business
is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call (517) 220-4646 or
visit copsdoughnuts.com.


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