“It’s a great chance for us to meet with them on somewhat of a casual basis so that maybe they can open up to us a little bit more. Get to know us a little bit more. It helps to break down barriers of whatever preconceived notions they might have of the police department, police officers,” said Eric Powell, Deputy Chief of the Morgantown Police Department.
EPD Deputy Chief Mike Nolan tells us, “Drop your guard down a little bit and get to know someone on a personal level. With that, you get to see them differently, and you get to understand them better and you’re kind of blocking out all of the noise in the background and really getting to know someone on that level.”
“They have some concerns to express to us and it’s only during those meetings, and it’s only during those positive interactions, that we have an opportunity to find out what are the quality of life issues that we need to be dealing with,” Carreño said.
Just as the weather began to chill with the arrival of fall, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office invited the community to join staff for a warm cup of coffee. Although Wednesday was the Third Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day, Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said this was the first time the office has participated.
Officer Tony DeFrancesco of the Somersworth Police Department said he got a few surprised looks as he stood at his temporary post outside the drive-through window at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 108, but he said he was happy to serve customers their morning coffee with a smile.
In part of National Coffee With A Cop Day, Fayetteville police started their day at Rick’s Bakery in an effort to build relationships within the community. Young and old joined the local heroes for fresh coffee and warm donuts, making jokes and just talking like old friends.
Tyburski, a member of the Ordinance Enforcement Unit, said he had several conversations with residents. Some of them were serious, about quality of life problems that need address, and some were just pleasant exchanges and how-are-you-doing small talk. Some of the conversations leads to what the police call actionable intelligence. This can be someone with too much trash in their yard, or felony activity the next block over. Beyond that, it also allows people to realize the cops are approachable.
Community members were able to sit down and have a cup of coffee with the Waukee Police Department Tuesday morning.
The coffee may be average and come in styrofoam cups, but for about 100 people at Cabramatta Library — a mix of local police officers and new Australians — that is not the point. For an hour every month, the coffee is just fuel for conversation — one designed to help build trust in the community.
“Police officers, as long as they’re going to have to be the one responding to the community’s very worst days, it’ll be tough to ever have a perfect relationship with the community,” she said. “But with that being said, we won’t give up.”