Police officers started off their Wednesday morning just like how they would any other morning — with a steaming hot cup of coffee — only this time they did it with the people they serve.
Communication was also a theme during the “Coffee with a Cop” discussion. There were points brought up by Chief Rosecrans addressing negativity seen on Facebook; particularly in regard to the police department.
Members of the Cranston Police Department visited the Dunkin’ Donuts location on Sockanosett Cross Road as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day. Residents stopped in throughout the morning to discuss concerns in their neighborhoods and the overall crime rate in the city.
Q: Tell us about “Coffee and Cops.” What gave you the inspiration for the event and why was it important to you?
A: We did it last semester as an ice breaker so students, staff and faculty could get to know us a little better and we plan on doing it every semester from here on. Oct. 2 was National Coffee with Cops Day so we have been planning this since last semester.
You may have noticed some extra workers behind the counter at the Dallas Starbucks last Wednesday. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies honed their barista skills while they participated in the national Coffee with a Cop day on Oct. 2.
A regular morning for some people means running inside the local gas station for their wake-up coffee. Hoping to bridge the gap that can exist between police and the communities they represent, Mapco decided to use that daily ritual as an opportunity.
“We had several people stop by, some to just say hello, others who we had some conversations with or talked to us about community events and things of that nature,” LCPD Sgt. Jeffery Winn said. “This is just the first of what we hope to turn into a regular thing.”
“To let people know our policemen are normal people, they’re serving our community, and I think our community needs to be familiar with those officers that are putting their lives on the line for us,” Ivey, owner of Cook Coggin Engineering, said.
Entertainment was provided by Officer Jackie Mitchell, who played guitar and sang his original songs. Some competitions also were staged among the officers, Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson and Starbucks management, including espresso shot-drinking and a latte-making.
There’s a new coffee trend in town, but this time it’s not single origin coffee or fancy cappuccino designs. The new upcoming coffee trend is bringing new friends into our lives and is slowly becoming the change that we hope to see in the world.