Last week, Coffee with a Cop was held at Calypso Bay with residents of Jacobs Well and Steiglitz at Harrigans Drift Inn. Gold Coast Water Police Officers, Senior Constable Sasha Thomson and Senior Constable David Wood attended the event and spoke about their role, answering residents queries about incidents and matters pertaining to their surrounding waterways, their private jetties and tidal legislation.
The De Anza College Coffee With a Cop event provided conversation between campus police, students and faculty about safety tips and techniques to practice on campus.
It was a chilly start Thursday, but there was one way to warm up. By grabbing a coffee with a cop.
“We’re here to serve the university community, so we want to make sure that people can put a face with our name and our department so they can have that personal relationship,” Police Operations Captain Evan Ramsay said. “We… foster those relationships [so] that people feel comfortable coming and talking to us… if anything should ever happen to them and they need our services.”
On Thursday, November 14, officers from Boondall Police Station attended the final Coffee with a Cop at Café 214, which was hosted by Westfield Chermside. While a number of people attended the event especially to speak with their local police, many shoppers took the opportunity to stop by and shared a coffee with the local boys and girls in blue.
Boksburg North SAPS and the local Community Police Forum (CPF) invited all zonal district stations, including officials from the provincial head office, to an awareness campaign, ‘Coffee with a Cop’, to engage with the community about issues concerning their services to them.
‘I actually read a comment on Facebook, last week when this was promoted, and it was a woman who said she recognized me from the picture and said that I actually changed her life and that she’s now on the straight and narrow and she wanted to thank me… you don’t see that other side most of the time when you’re going to call to call to call,” says Teed.
Some of the issues addressed during the discussion were crime, bicycle safety, helmets, home alarm systems, domestic issues, stray animals, parking, senior scams, community meetings, and calling 911.
The Berwyn Police Department’s Coffee With A Cop community dialogue series had a great turnout this past Saturday at the McDonald’s located on 6401 W. Cermak Road.
Face-to-face interaction with law enforcement helps a community bond with those serving it, according to Mary Delling, official “director of fun” at Biggby, who invited local officers to hold their most recent cop-coffee klatch at her establishment.