On Friday, July 12, 2013, officers from the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Forest Service and community members came together in Waterville Valley’s Town Square in an informal way to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. The event was graciously hosted by the Jugtown Country Store.
“We had a great first-time event,” said Chief David Noyes. “There were many people who, in passing, noticed the sign and came in to see what it was all about.”
Residents got to meet Diron Thompkins, the new U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer for the Pemi District of the National Forest, and welcome him to our community.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Waterville Valley. The majority of contacts public safety has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Noyes. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships. We were even able to sign a couple of residents up for Nixle, our community notification service.”
The Department of Public Safety hopes to continue this program on a monthly basis. “We plan on changing venues each month and have different days offered.” said Chief Noyes.
“We had very positive feedback and want to really make the program a regular event in town.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members
one cup of coffee at a time.
Visit www.Coffeewithacop.com for more information.