‘Cof­fee with a Cop’ event spurs com­mu­nity-po­lice in­ter­ac­tion

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A num­ber of peo­ple stopped by the Main Street Mc­Don­ald’s on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to chat with Ne­wark Po­lice of­fi­cers over a cup of cof­fee.

The two-hour “Cof­fee with a Cop” event was in­tended to give res­i­dents an in­for­mal way to en­gage with po­lice of­fi­cers. Cpl. Bran­don Walker, NPD’s crime preven­tion of­fi­cer, said many peo­ple asked ques­tions or brought up var­i­ous crime con­cerns in their neigh­bor­hood.

“We had lots of park­ing and traf­fic is­sues, and some peo­ple came up talk­ing about par­ties and dis­or­derly kids,” Walker said. “Other peo­ple just wanted to give us praise or thank us for what we do.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NPD’s traf­fic, pa­trol, spe­cial op­er­a­tions, crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion units were on hand for the event.

“It’s one-stop shop­ping,” re­marked Sgt. Curt Davis, who leads the traf­fic unit.

Davis noted sev­eral at­ten­dees sug­gested traf­fic is­sues for his unit to ad­dress. He and the other traf­fic of­fi­cers of­ten do tar­geted en­force­ment ini­tia­tives based on res­i­dent com­plaints, such as a neigh­bor­hood road where lots of driv­ers are speed­ing.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop new leads and new things to do that will im­pact the com­mu­nity and that they ac­tu­ally want to see im­pacted,” he said.

Mc­Don­ald’s ini­ti­ated the event and pro­vided free cof­fee for at­ten­dees.

“It’s im­por­tant for us to be in the com­mu­nity we op­er­ate in,” owner Michael Dukart said.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Sgt. Curt Davis speaks with a res­i­dent about traf­fic is­sues dur­ing “Cof­fee with a Cop” at the Main Street Mc­Don­ald’s on Wed­nes­day.

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