“We’ve had a huge showing of support,” OPD Spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said about the event. “It’s important to build a relationship of trust with the community.”
The California Highway Patrol hosted its first “Coffee with a Cop” meeting, appropriately at the Mars Hill Coffeehouse Dec. 13 as a way to meet with residents of San Benito County to discuss their concerns. About a dozen or so locals took up Capt. Scott Parker’s and Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Chris Miceli’s invitation to talk informally about anything related to roads and traffic enforcement.
“We’ve been promoting a lot trying to get out to the public. We’ve done coffee with a cop, pizza with a cop and we’ve been doing all kinds of things just to get out there and talk to everybody and let them know that hey, we’re here for them. Let us know your problems, let us know what’s going on in the city,” said Midland Police Officer, Daniel Stief.
On Friday, December 1, Bayside District Crime Prevention (DCPC) and the Dunwich Police teamed up at the latest Coffee with a Cop, this time on the beautiful North Stradbroke Island.
The Mountain View Police Department Labrador received a special “Pup-accino” from a local Starbucks during a department outreach event. Zeus lapped up the Pup-accino— a cup filled with whipped cream (no coffee involved!) —after he “politely” asked for it during the department’s final Coffee with a Cop event at Starbucks on San Antonio Road in Mountain View, police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said.
More than 100 people attended Fairfield LAC’s Coffee with a Cop event at Neeta City on Friday. Santa Claus even made a special visit at May’s Place Cafe as officers from Fairfield and Cabramatta met with the community.
More than a dozen officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) mingled with residents over pastries and hot joe on Tuesday, Dec. 12, as the department hosted Coffee with a Cop for two hours in the morning at West End Coffeehouse on North Broad Street near downtown.
Dozens of people came out for Coffee with a Cop’s holiday edition, Cocoa with a Cop, on Saturday. Officers with the Colorado Springs and Fountain police departments, along with Sheriff Bill Elder and El Paso County deputies, continued the community conversation.
In an effort to find new and innovative ways to reach out to the community, the Clarksville Police Department (CPD) recently visited a local barbershop to chat with citizens. The department has hosted several “Coffee with a Cop” meetings and decided to try another comfortable and nonthreatening environment to start conversations.
Coffee combined with conversation has long been a way for people to become better acquainted with each other. The Kankakee police turned to this method again on Saturday when a Coffee with a Cop event was held at McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue.