Officers Jesse Abbott and Michael Maniaci, as well as sargeants Chad Hines and Cheyenne Cute, turned out for “Coffee with a Cop and Santa,” an event that aims to connect the community and the police department.
Though many customers were unaware of the event before walking in the door, many immediately struck up conversations of varying lengths with the officers — before and after ordering.
And says events like these can make a difference, “That’s one of the reasons we want to make sure we’re in places where it may sometimes not be ideal because that’s what our job is to do is be where the community is.”
“We are proud of the role we have maintained in Cary over the years, and we are happy to see the community and the local police department enjoying coffee together. It’s just how winter should be.”
On Wednesday December 19, Barcaldine Police conducted a road safety initiative in the main street of town next to the iconic Tree of Knowledge. Coffee with a Cop turned into Frappe’ with the Fuzz as the heat descended on outback Queensland.
“When I see them, they know me and it makes me feel comfortable,” said Mary Hanson. “Especially Officer Miller, he really reaches out. He uses Facebook and he uses NextDoor, and I think that really makes a difference. I think that really gives us a better relationship with the police department.”
“Coffee with a Cop enables police to engage with the public in a stress-free environment in order to build trust and help break down potential barriers in communication,” Sergeant Coady said. “As a new and rapidly expanding area of Canberra, Molonglo presents unique challenges and we wanted to engage directly with the people of the Molonglo Valley about potential issues facing the community.”
“I just came out to support the Long Beach Police Department. They do amazing things for our community. They’re always there for our schools, so there was no way I wasn’t going to support them,” said Long Beach principal Talia Locke.
Twin Falls officers were also joined by state police and officers from surrounding counties at Starbucks as early as 7:30 Thursday morning. They put on this event every couple of months at different locations throughout Twin Falls. Some officers were even behind the counter serving beverages and interacting with citizens who were on the go.
Bill Vissicchio, the owner of Rocky’s deli in Sandfly, speaks with officers of the Chatham County Police Department during Friday morning’s Coffee with a Cop event held at his eatery.