Several police cars were parked out front of the Starbucks on the corner of Mill Dam and North Great Neck roads recently, but it’s not what you might think. Members of the local police department’s 2nd Precinct stopped in for “Coffee with a Cop.”
The Centennial Lakes Police Department (CLPD) hopes to implement a new program that will make the agency more accessible to citizens and encourage residents to experience the outdoors and all the region has to offer.
Tongues wagged and coffee flowed at an informal gathering with community members and police officers at the Andresen Road McDonald’s Tuesday afternoon.
For 6-year-old Julius Alexander Mata-Pliego, Tuesday night’s Coffee with a Cop in Belleville was an opportunity to ask some hard-hitting questions and snag a sweet snack with Belleville’s men and women in blue.
The Glover Park gazebo was the site of the department’s first “Coffee with a Cop” event, which allowed the public to meet with several officers in a social setting to discuss policing issues that were important to them. Triana Arnold-James, a Marietta resident and the reigning Mrs. Georgia Classy of Today’s International American Woman, helped coordinate the event as part of her pageant platform.
It wasn’t too long ago that vandalism and violence at demonstrations was carried out under the cover of darkness. Now people come dressed and armed for war in broad daylight, as they did Saturday in Berkeley.
Jacksonville’s new police chief mingled with the crowd at Hardee’s restaurant Wednesday, reaching out to strangers and greeting some old friends and family. Positive interaction between the general public and the police is something that Adam Mefford believes is important.
A common perception of police officers might suggest unapproachable exclusivity, a cinematic image of a group of uniformed men and women seated alone at a local coffee shop, their hands around steaming porcelain cups. But with a public meet-and-greet entitled “Coffee With a Cop” at Union Hill Coffee on South Washington Street Tuesday morning, Interim Sonora Police Chief Mike Harden said he is seeking to “remove those barriers” between law enforcement and the general public.
It was an opportunity to get your morning caffeine jolt and maybe ask borough police a question, or raise a point or two about police work.