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.
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.