SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police participated in “National Coffee With a Cop” day Wednesday.
The event attracted a crowd at the Belmont Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood. This was just one of six such gatherings all around the city Wednesday.
Officer Vega educating a resident on our Neighborhood Beat Management meetings and registering cameras at the Allen St. @dunkindonuts #CoffeeWithACop pic.twitter.com/jgq9wtzdjh— Ryan Walsh (@PIO_SPD) October 3, 2018
Retired teacher Sandy Hines heard about it on Mass Appeal the previous day, “I think it’s a wonderful idea, of course, they have the police meetings at my parish at Holy Name which I’ve attended a couple of times but I thought this was very informative and very hospitable.”
Springfield Police Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood commented how different this is from the sometimes stressful situations in which police interact with the public.
“This is a place where you can relax and have coffee with us, tell us what’s on you’re mind we’ll tell you what we’re thinking of, it works out a lot better,” said Clapprood.
Forest Park resident Jonathan Rivera coupled his coffee with a cop with a heartfelt compliment, “I mean, I just wanted to tell them thanks for everything they do, they’re doing a great job, keep it up.”
The public can look forward to these neighborhood Coffee With a Cop informal gatherings about once every two months.
SPD officers and C3 Units do an amazing amount of work with our youth year round including mentoring and sports programs. A few kids came by for coffee with a cop as well. pic.twitter.com/yp9y9XWAvi— Ryan Walsh (@PIO_SPD) October 3, 2018