Coffee with a Cop is not a new idea. Local residents spend the morning with local police officers from various units. It was something a little different Thursday night during Pizza with the Police at Round Table Pizza.
Attendees of Tuesday’s discussion said they enjoyed the event, and thought it was informative. One Senior Center member, Gretchen Miller, said the officers shared a special piece of equipment as part of their conversation — florescent yellow and red gloves and mittens for officers to wear when signaling traffic. Miller said she was surprised by the officers’ experiences, where drivers came dangerously close to them because they misread the officers’ signals.
More than 30 free cups of coffee were distributed to attendees of the Crystal Lake McDonald’s Coffee with A Cop event on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Englewood resident Mark Taylor said the event gave him the opportunity to see Englewood police officers for who they are rather than for the work they do. “They’re not all Superman, and (residents) expect (police) to be Superman. They’re just human,” said Taylor. “It’s nice to get to speak to them.”
Hawks Point offered to host the first event of 2020. Life Enrichment Director Sharon Wallace called the afternoon “awesome.” “I’m so happy with the turnout, and our residents and also people from the community were so happy to come here and visit with the officers, and they were so kind and cordial,” Wallace said. “It was a great afternoon.”
Throughout the morning we had a chat with families and community members and were delighted to shout a cup of joe to get the conversation started. Not only did we meet some friendly Bayside faces, but we also met a family visiting all the way from Sweden.
Has there ever been a question you’d like to ask a State Trooper? Events like the one today give you the opportunity to do that. Snappy’s Convenience Store in Tyrone today hosted coffee with a cop.
The University of Oregon Police Department holds a “Coffee with a Cop” event sponsored by Starbucks in the EMU once a month. The event is designed to give students a chance to talk with UOPD officers one on one and answer any questions or concerns they may have about police on campus.
“I like to be involved in events that have to do with the community. Particularly positive events,” said Aiken resident Pat Kirk.
Several community members met and spoke with local law enforcement officers Wednesday for 2020’s first Coffee With A Cop event. Visitors enjoyed coffee and doughnuts while meeting with Aiken Department of Public Safety Officers. Some were attending the event at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center for the first time.