Berkeley resident Kenneth Gary, who attended the event, said residents do not often have the opportunity to “meet with their police face-to-face.” He added that he hopes similar events will take place more frequently, since they make people “less agitated” about interacting with officers.
Julie Travers, a McDonald’s community relations director, said police used to do a Coffee with a Cop event, but that attracted an older crowd. “The officers want to break down the barriers with all different ages from seniors to children,” she said. “We thought we would try Cone with a Cop. It’s been working really well.”
“It’s also a two-way street, though, because we also want to know what problems are going on in your area that you may want to talk to us (about),” said Officer Ryan Howe, of Concord police. “It’s just a nice environment and nice event that you can come talk to us.”
Drew Todd showed up to Coffee with a Cop for the first time on Thursday. He participated in the Citizen’s Police Academy last year and came to McDonald’s to show support for Norwalk’s officers. “They are mothers, daughters, fathers, sisters and brothers” he said. “They are human beings and they have lives.”
On Thursday September 20, Police from Sherwood Station, Centenary Crime Prevention Unit and Volunteers in Policing (VIPs), hosted Coffee with a Cop at Honour Expresso Graceville.
On Sept. 13 police and peace officers held their first Coffee with a Cop session with citizens at the Arena during the weekly farmers market. They will continue to do so once a month at a different location.
Local Mounties put the coffee on for Osoyoos residents Monday, inviting them to come in for a friendly chat at the local McDonalds. “I would say we probably had 30 or 40 people come out,” said Sgt. Jason Bayda, the Osoyoos detachment’s commander. “Some just just briefly came to say hello and introduce themselves and others sat down and spent some time with us.”
More than 100 people of all ages showed up at Busylad Rent-All Monday afternoon to meet police officers, eat popcorn and have fun.
Vernon resident Bryan Wilson said he came to the event to chat with officers and find out where they are coming from. “They are trying to portray to the public that there is sort of a new style of policeman out there,” Wilson said. “It sounds like they are aware that they are under more public scrutiny and they’ve got a tougher job to do these days.”
When Wayne H. returned to his residence at the Mission Hotel Wednesday afternoon, he noticed about 15 cops gathered in the lobby. “Did someone get busted?” he wondered. “Is someone going to jail?” No, Wayne soon learned: Actually, the swarm of officers had brought coffee and donuts, and had come only to introduce themselves to residents of the SRO on the corner of 16th and South Van Ness that has gained a reputation for nuisances and police activity. So Wayne, encouraged by his fellow residents, grabbed some coffee and struck up a conversation with one of the officers. “It blew my mind,” he said afterward.