A campaign titled ‘Coffee with a Cop’, aiming to strengthen the relations between the police and the public, was launched at a hotel with the police officers of Karachi’s East Zone led by zone chief DIG Amir Farooqi.
Talking to police officers can be intimidating. But, by sharing coffee and conversation, tension can easily subside.
On Tuesday, February 5, we hosted another great Coffee with a Cop event at Vintage Apron Cafe, Capalaba for Safer Internet Day 2019. Not only was our entire collection of cyber safety information gobbled up and taken away by members of the community, but it was also the first time the Australian Federal Police (AFP) came along for the ride.
“It’s hard to get people from the public to show up. They have busy lives and such. It was kind of interesting, a lot of the people that showed up, a lot of them were stay at home moms with kids. That group of people typically feel very vulnerable because they’re home alone and most of the neighborhoods in Covington are pretty vacant during the day when everyone is at work,” McCurdy explained.
“Coffee with Cops” was a time for Edison High School students to ask questions and share their concerns with three members of the Erie County law enforcement community.
The coffee shop was packed full of law enforcement officers from Washington State Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service of Washington, the Federal Air Marshal Service and of course, the Kirkland Police Department (KPD), for the latest Coffee With a Cop event.
“It’s designed to break down barriers,” said Const. Ray Wong, who proposed the idea after seeing a similar program in the U. S. “Coffee with A Cop is a way for people to sit down in a relaxed environment and just have a chat.”
The food was hot and the conversation was good as relationships were being built in Lima this morning.
“Over the years, law enforcement has kind of lost their constituency. We’ve lost touch with a lot of the public and things, and this is really important, that we get out in a non-enforcement capacity, get to meet the public, we get to answer some of their questions and interact with them on more of a personal level,” said Captain of the Alaska State Troopers “D” Detachment Ronald Wall.
“It’s a plethora of issues that people want to discuss and it’s nice that we can discuss those issues over coffee,” he said. “They feel more at easy and so do the officers, quite frankly.”