The Winston-Salem Police Department’s first “Coffee with a Cop” event drew crowds Saturday morning, some lining up 15 minutes before the event.
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Anna Klein schoolteacher Andrew Gallagher brought his fifth grade social studies class to the event. He hoped to familiarize them with municipal workers. “I think it’s important that they’re seeing the faces of our community,” Gallagher said, while his class spoke with officers, “and seeing that they’re part of the greater community, not just the school, but everyone who lives in the town as well. Just being exposed to the older people in our community and being respectful of our seniors and the older generation that really built this community.”
“We’ve been talking about the other neighbors. We’ve been talking about the changes in the neighborhood,” a resident said.
“I like hanging with the cops,” Yorkelson said. “It shows we’re on the right side of the law.”
“Our initial Coffee with a Cop series of six events was very successful,” Schultz stated. “We contacted almost 150 people and had some great conversations. We are now expanding the program to include all police department supervisors and their officers.” A total of 24 more Coffee With a Cop sessions are expected to be held over the next 12 months, the release stated.
Officers set up a booth with free coffee and doughnuts along Lemoore Avenue to make themselves visible to Fastrip customers. A number of people wandered over to see what was going on. Officers periodically invited customers who were pumping gas to chat with officers and enjoy some refreshments.
For the second week in a row, community members had a chance to have Coffee with a Cop and chat with East Precinct officers in a casual setting, this time at the Starbucks at 824 E. Pike. Last Thursday’s event had a more positive atmosphere with less concerns and issues being brought up to the table and more curiosity about everyday practices of Seattle’s cops.