Scott Waters finally got to do what he has craved doing since becoming police chief in 2014: share a cup of coffee and conversation with the community — on Wednesday morning, with about a dozen visitors to the Hamlet Senior Center in the first of what he said would be a series of such gatherings.
Officials said it was one of the highest turnouts for officers and residents at this month’s “Coffee with a Cop.” “It’s good for them to come out and get in the community,” Doug Capps said. “I think that’s something that’s been missing.”
The Warwick Police Department held their “Coffee with a Cop” event on Mon., Jun. 4 at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick. The event drew many community members including many seniors who visit the library on Mondays for a weekly movie. This was a wonderful opportunity for seniors as well as for local residents to meet and chat with the officers while enjoying refreshments.
Gannon said that some people asked the usual questions you have for an officer, such as, “Do I really need to slow down at a yellow light, or can I just accelerate through?” and a few other traffic inquiries, but most were just happy to talk to the officers about topics like summer plans or what they were having for lunch.
A bustling crowd filtered through the Enlightened Cafe on Ventnor Avenue on Saturday morning as Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner sipped on a latte. The cafe, where 100 percent of the profits are donated toward scholarships for those who cannot afford treatment, offers coffee and locally sourced meals. But Tyner wasn’t there for breakfast. Instead, he and police officers from Ventnor were hosting a Coffee with a Cop event to hear from the public about issues and concerns affecting them.
The Coffee with a Cop 6th annual Summer Safety Festival took place today at the N. West St. McDonald’s. The LPD spent time chatting with kids and their families, and also educated them on how they can stay safe during the summer. The event is one of the ways the department can connect with their community and find out what they can do to better serve the people in it.
“Without good police and fire protection and education, our community isn’t a place where people want to live,” he said. “So getting to know the police officers in a way that’s not a red and blue light stopping you or not an emergency situation where you had to call them, you get to know them as people, men and women who are serving us.”
The Albert Wisner Public Library on McFarland Drive, in the Village of Warwick, offers a program called, ‘Monday Afternoon at the Movies,” and anywhere from 60 to 80 seniors take advantage of that opportunity. With that in mind, Warwick Police, in a departure from previous coffee events, which were held at local eateries, held its eighth “Coffee with a Cop” on Monday, June 4, at the Albert Wisner Public Library.
Ellendale Police Department received information at its Coffee with a Cop event May 26 that a wanted female may be residing at 108 Main St. in Ellendale. At 9:11 p.m., June 1, officers observed a woman walking on Main Street matching the description given to them at the event. Police positively identified her with a portable hand-held fingerprint scanner.
“Yeah it’s kinda fun. We’ve had a lot of cops come through, and it’s kinda good to get to know some of them and just kind of have the neighborhood feel comfortable with visiting, having coffee with a cop,” said Mark Meier, Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe Director.