Coffee with a cop benefit community ties

By Nikita Ramos, WETM
Original article HERE

A number of people stopping by the McDonald’s on North Main in Elmira, this morning, for “Coffee with a Cop”.

It’s an outreach by members of the restaurant and the Elmira Police Department to build relationships with the community.

Both kids and adults were welcome, and a free cup of coffee was offered. The youngest were given coloring books and cookies.

“This gives us an opportunity to have that initial contact with a child as a positive relationship,” Joseph Kane, Chief of Police at the Elmira Police Department, said.

“Well they inspired me and I’ve been dreaming about being a cop,” Shiloh Thoman, one of the younger community members who joined, said.

With the success of the first “Coffee with a Cop”, the restaurant’s owner hopes to hold more events like this.