Chief Brenzel related that Moscow has been celebrating National Night Out since she became police chief 15 years ago. New this year was “Coffee with a Cop,” a change from the usual fingerprinting of children that has taken place at previous events.
Officers with the Cullman Police Department greeted a steady stream of locals early Saturday at Karma’s Coffee House for the department’s Coffee with a Cop meet-up, a casual, agenda-free way for police and the community they serve to keep in touch.
“Events like this help everyone feel more like part of the community,” said Chronister. “Our goal is to make our residents feel safe and getting to know those of us who are working to protect them can only help that.”
Police say working well with community is important in fighting crime effectively.
Lt. Jon Holbrook said they learned about gas thefts from a local business and church security concerns and they are already planning for another event.
Local police departments host ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events to deepen connection with their communities
Janet Rater and Marlyce Heidt, both of Cedar Rapids, said they just stopped in for coffee, not knowing about the event, but were pleasantly surprised when Capt. Estling sat down and started chatting with them.
Chief Martin Williamson of University Police at CSU, Bakersfield wants the campus to know that their officers are there for more than just protection. At Coffee With A Cop on Sept. 6, officers from UPD came out to meet students, answer questions and enjoy a cup of joe.
Chile’s national police are implementing their own ‘Coffee With a Cop’ campaign signing a contract with Starbucks to have three police officers in each of the country’s 120 stores for two hours once per month in order improve public trust in the government institution.
Fast becoming a tradition, Coffee with a Cop presented once more a prime opportunity for Imperial County to get to know the men and women behind the badge on August 21.
Last week in Mackay, and throughout Queensland, police have been engaging with all sorts of road users to draw attention to Road Safety. One of the final events for Mackay this year was a Coffee with a cop after cyclist’s morning ride.