When a community outreach program reaches out to residents for a meet and greet, and residents show up to participate, count it as a success.
Whilst speaking about home security, residents were reminded to maintain their home security at all times, and were provided with home security checklists to identify potential security risks around the home.
Sault Ste. Marie residents found plenty to talk about when Coffee with a Cop ran during Police Week at Station Mall. Property crime, traffic-related queries and opioid use were brought up during one-on-one sessions with officers, Const. Troy Miller told Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board at a meeting on Thursday.
The one-on-one face time with the chief and other officers is exactly what inspired Ron Reading to show up. “I’m glad they do this,” said Reading. “It brings the people together and gives us an (idea) of what’s going on. They should do this more often really.”
“When somebody comes in and they don’t wanna talk with the officer and before they leave they are giving the officer a high-five and everything, it just makes you very very proud of the work that we’re doing,” said LPD Captain Don Scheinost.
On Thursday, South Brunswick Police Department officers headed over to the Starbucks on Route One North to share a cup and have a conversation with residents. Starbucks provided free coffee and refreshments for the event. Since 2011, more than 10,000 Coffee with a Cop events have been held across the globe.
Some giant inflatables announced officers were continuing their ‘Coffee With A Cop’ tradition, this time at the McDonald’s on Kansas Avenue. They use it as a chance to bond with members of the community in an informal setting.
In some cases, citizens want to ask questions of the officers. But the exchange of information is a two-way street, Roth said. “We can learn more about the communities we serve by interacting with the citizens who come in to visit with us,” he said.
Another reason why the police department holds these types of events is so that children are comfortable coming up to officers no matter the situation. “We have noticed that kids sometime shy away from officers,” Gonzales said. “We just want to make sure that they know that we are out here, and they can come talk to us about anything.”
Mutual respect and communication are the keys between positive relationships between police and the community. Setting the right tone and environment begins at the top and the chief is right to express a commitment to being approachable and having a willingness to listen, even to critics.