Even with a ceaseless downpour of rain, the Virginia Cook Activity Center was full of high spirits, productive conversation and hot coffee on Thursday morning.
Community members had the opportunity to address questions and concerns directly with the head of the Huntington Police Department on Tuesday morning during “Coffee with a Cop” at Cicada Books & Coffee in the West End. As the recently sworn-in police chief of the Huntington Police Department, this was the first time Hank Dial had led “Coffee with a Cop” as chief, but not his first time speaking with the community in this type of forum.
Assistant Police Chief John Wagner says, “Obviously we can’t be everywhere at any given time so the public is our eyes as well so it gives them the chance to speak to us one on one again in a friendly setting where we sit and drink coffee and get a chance to get to know each other and put a name with a face.”
At a recent coffee with a cop event, a little girl raised the question, “What about kids? Kids don’t like coffee.” That question sparked the idea of “Cones with Cops”.
Today Bundaberg Police attended Moore Park Shopping Complex on Murdoch’s Road to meet with the locals and give them the opportunity to discuss policing, community safety and any issues they wanted to report.
A few dozen people attended the first Coffee with a Cop event in Marysville this week at The Creamery. Visitors spoke with police about traffic concerns, homelessness and drug addiction.
“Some people don’t really want to come into a police station and if they see us at a job they don’t want to come over and interfere. “But if you’re at a cafe, people feel that they can come up and talk to you.”
The Newton Police Department hosted their first “Cone with a Cop” event this past weekend, getting to know the community while enjoying some ice cream.
The Susquehanna Township Police Department held their Coffee with a Cop event Saturday at the Starbucks on Brindle Drive.
City police on Friday conducted a programme for Muslin women titled “Coffee with a Cop” for the benefit of women in Chaderghat to help them know about the various pro-women initiatives taken up police.