This morning October 16, officers from Calamvale Police Station and the Centenary Crime Prevention Unit joined Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) and Police Liaison Officers in hosting a Coffee with a Cop event at Col Bennett Park in Algester.
Discussion topics included the possibility of a new ordinance allowing backyard chickens, a feral cat spay and neuter program and ordinance updates that would increase the length of tether for dogs and require more humane specifications for outdoor shelter for pets. The city manager and clerk are currently working on drafting an ordinance that would allow a limited number of backyard chickens, said Porter, which will be presented at an upcoming city council meeting.
The Artesia Police Department believes in visibility. Friday morning, members met with the community at Fenn’s Country Market in Artesia for Coffee and Donuts with a Cop.
Oct. 3 marked the Montville Township Police Department’s first Coffee with a Cop event, held at the Red Barn Restaurant in Towaco. Sponsored by the police and the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council, it was an opportunity for residents to meet the officers in town, ask questions, and voice concerns.
“This year, we decided instead to host Coffee with a First Responder,” Agno explained. “We recognize that our small community needs to have access to both our sheriffs and our fire department in a fun and informal setting. It provides a nice way to have a positive interaction with both organizations and bring our community together. We hope the members of our community can join us and get to know those who are helping serve our community and keep it safe.”
Several Brownsville police officers swept into a local McDonald’s last week and started mixing it up with customers there. It was a crime-fighting operation, to be sure, but the officers weren’t called to the scene and there was no disturbance. Rather, the officers were engaging in a “Coffee with a Cop” initiative to meet the customers, hear their concerns and answer their questions.
The Pleasanton Police Department met with residents in a less-formal setting last week as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day. Here at the Amador Center’s Starbucks on Oct. 3 were (from left) School Resource Officer Michael Rossillon, community and public relations coordinator Shannon Whitaker, School Resource Officer Matt Harvey and DARE Officer Keith Batt.
Dougherty acknowledged that the event’s name, “Donuts With a Deputy,” was chosen with a nod towards the humorous perception that law enforcement has an affinity for donuts. “People like to laugh. ‘Donuts With a Deputy’ shows a little bit of humor, that we can laugh, too,” Dougherty said.
“It’s been fantastic. I met some guys and we talked about old cars,” Lockhart said. “I met with my City Council members and we talked about community concerns. I met some other guys and we just talked about the weather and I thanked them for letting me invade their coffee spot.”
It’s not every day you get your morning cup of jo handed to you by an officer of the law. That’s the surprise some customers received during the national Coffee with a Cop event at Kingsburg’s McDonald’s Oct. 3. Similar events took place in Selma and across the nation and even across the globe.