PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department is reaching out to residents and community members this Friday by taking part in the National Coffee with a Cop day.
“I’m hoping people who have things on their mind that they want to say to the police department will take this opportunity to come so that we can listen to them as well as bringing any questions they might have,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said.
Coffee with a Cop will give community members the opportunity to connect with the Piqua Police Department as well as ask any questions, such as whether or not something is legal or how to set up a block party for their neighborhood. It will also increase visibility of police in the city, showing residents and community members that Piqua police officers are approachable.
Overall, the goal for the Piqua Police Department is to “continue to build our relationships with the community and get them engaged in keeping Piqua safe,” Jamison said.
“We think there’s certain benefits to people just knowing that we’re open to just listening to them,” Jamison said.
This is also the time for people who want to talk to a police officer, but do not want to bother an officer in different settings to speak with an officer in a relaxed environment.
“This opens the door for that type of conversation,” Jamison said.
Jamison has done similar activities as the chief, but he said that this expands that concept to include other officers.
“The chief isn’t the only one interested in engaging the community, and this helps demonstrate that to the citizens,” Jamison said, although he will be stopping in at various locations during the Coffee with a Cop day.
Coffee with a Cop will be taking place at various locations within the city on Friday between 6:30 a.m. until around 6 p.m. The national event is a part of the Community Policing Week, and it is the first time that the Piqua Police Department has participated in the Coffee with a Cop day.
“It’s a good way to build trust and build relationships,” Jamison said.
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