“When I was a kid, officers walked the beat. You got to know them. However they don’t do that anymore. I think it’s important to spend a little time with them, to say, ‘Hi, hello,’ get to know the officers,” Sciacca said.
“It’s a bit less scary, members can come speak to us where they wouldn’t normally feel comfortable coming to the police station,” she said.
The Copperas Cove Police Department held the first “Cone with a Cop” community event Saturday at Waffle Cone Ice Cream Shop.
Hargreaves Mall was packed on Tuesday morning with community members enjoying a coffee, courtesy of Victoria Police. Bendigo’s very first ‘Coffee with a Cop’ was a chance for police to engage with community members in a relaxed environment.
Many people only interact with law enforcement in stressful or negative situations, and Copperas Cove police officers sought to change that on Saturday with their first ever Cone with a Cop event at Waffle Cone. Sergeant Kevin Miller said that they got the idea from their Coffee with a Cop event, but they felt they were missing the chance to interact with the kids. From that, they came up with the idea of doing a child-oriented event and came up with Cone with a Cop.
Bendigo’s held its first Coffee with a Cop initiative yesterday in Hargreaves Mall. It saw residents come down to the Bendigo Original Pie Shop and share a complimentary coffee with an officer and exchange information in an informal setting.
The first “Cone with a Cop” Copperas Cove Police Department event took place Saturday afternoon at Waffle Cone Ice Cream Shop. After the past success of “Coffee with a Cop,” the police department felt they were missing out on reaching the children of the community.
“It’s about humanizing the badge,” he said, “we want to let the community known we are here and to let them meet local enforcement so they see who we are. It’s a great meet and greet.” Medici said the Lakeport police are pretty busy being proactive with foot patrols through the parks and dealing with traffic related matters and other duties. He said the event allows residents and business owners to voice their concerns which range from requests for extra patrols to having their questions answered regarding setting up security cameras.
The QPS enjoys a collaborative relationship with the council to positively spread the message about crime prevention and proactive approaches to personal and community safety.
“Well they inspired me and I’ve been dreaming about being a cop,” Shiloh Thoman, one of the younger community members who joined, said.